There was an unbelievable amount of discussion after the last challenge amongst the MT.
The purpose of a challenge is to make people do something different. The purpose of the flavours was to give a range of options and to try to get people doing the same thing at the same time to make doing something different worthwhile, i.e. there should be someone to have a challenge QSO with. I was surprised by a number of people saying things like “you didn’t have 20m CW flavour, I only want to do 20m CW and have no interest in anything else” or “Why did you have ModeX, I’m not spending money on a [DV radio]/[Tablet and data interface]/[whatever they don’t own] just for a challenge”. In addition COVID restrictions badly bit into who could take part.
We also will be acting on the many comments it was “a bit of a contest” by having no #1 in association certificates in future. Everyone can get a certificate if they score (and pay for it!)
One thing we don’t want to do and we learned this the hard way in the 12m challenge is a full 12month challenge as it skews operation and badly affects people not active or interested in whatever the challenge is. So any future challenge will continue to be only in the 1st week of the month. This gives everyone who is interested a period of more intense challenge activity and everyone not interested 3/4 of a normal month at least.
There are some ideas for band only challenges and these would be run such that the right bands were available for the season and hemisphere involved. i.e. 6m challenges would occur during the summer, i.e. May-July for Nothern Hemisphere and (guessing) November-January for Southern Hemisphere. There also is the issue of making it inclusive so all licence grades have a range of bands available to them, we’re not trying to preclude groups of people because their licence doesn’t give them access to a certain band.
I see from the latest Dubus, Cycle #25 predictions for it to be about the same strength as #24 and the peak to be somewhere between November 2024 and August 2025. It is left as an exercise for the reader to surmise about possible challenges during sunspot maxima!
Best wishes! It must be doable and from the distances involved it should need about 3 skips on 6m from what I understand. With my paltry 10W and a far from optimum antenna I managed 4k km to Cape Verde islands this week from my home, which should be twos skips . This wasn’t a QSO and only a report on PSK but it was encouraging.
I’m on Dartmoor tomorrow helping provide radio comms for the Ultra Marathon (32 miles ) but when it’s over I’m going to have another go from the top of a convenient tor.
Seems to be plenty of Sp.E kicking around atm. Did 15m on Cloud this morning and 10m from Gun. 10m QSOs from Gun were FT8, CW, SSB and FM. Heard 59 sigs from VK and ZL on 10m FM - but that turned out to be a gateway in Manchester/Bolton!
Still buzzing from my two 5 watt 6m contacts into USA last night from G/SP-015!
I am planning on operating 6 meters on the 12th from W7A/AW-013 Spruce mountain. I will be using an IC-705 at 10 watts into a 5 element Yagi. I will be operating SSB/FT8/FT4. Will be looking for SOTA chasers and activators. Primarily looking for SOTA contacts with contest contacts secondary. Will spot and may go up band like WA7JTM to clear contest activity.