I think 20m was better, at least during late morning today. I gave my new Super Antenna MP1 a trial from the Caravan Club site at Brecon today. Using CW I could clearly hear GM4YSS/P on Ben Nevis dealing with a big pile up. I waited for a gap but then switched to CS7AWB in central Portugal. We almost had a QSO and I heard him repeat my callsign but we didn’t complete I think. I’ll see if he logs it. Switching to 40m I did have a successful QSO with GM4ZAO/P on Allermuir Hill south of Edinburgh. This was at 12:34 UTC and by then 20m had faded a bit.
This was the RBN screenshot for 20m and 10W into the MP1.
I was QRV when your 15m spot showed up, went to the frequency, heard nothing, waited and waited not hearing anything from you or your chasers and I finally left to chase some other activator.
However, I’d dare saying I’ve been successfull on HF today:
Yeah, i think you’re right there Andy.
I’d spent 50% of the planned one hour summit time on 2m SSB, beaming this way and that, so by the time I’d rerigged there wasn’t enough time to experiment. I’d only chucked the EFHW in as a backup, having convinced myself that 2m would do the job.
Yesterday around 1200utc I heard JW5MUA on 20m in the noise with 33.
My loyal chasers Jose, Ea7gv and Manuel, ea2dt have reached him, unfortunately I didn’t. But that was my first Japanese activator :-)).
At the weekend, Japanese stations on 17m were very loud.
Check your prefix list - JW5MUA is not Japan but YL op Anna Solvieg who is a new ham operating SOTA from Svalbard (Ref. QRZ.COM). She was working the pile up well yesterday, sorry you didn’t make the S2S with JW/MS-063.
I was activating Allermuir Hill GM/SS-171 yesterday 08/09/2021 between 1200-1300’ish on CW. I had over 30 QSO’s and most on 40m, with the others on 30m and 20m. I tried 17m but it was dead. I don’t usually get many QSO’s on 40m due to poor conditions, so it was unusual in that sense.
On the 8th I had a strange day. Working on Shining Tor G/SP-004 with Dave M0JKS, 2m was pretty predictable but not stunning. On 20m I seemed to be getting a high number of Austrian stations. Then out of the noise I got a Chinease station… I put it down to my Xiegu trying to communicate with home!
Hi Chris, the best conditions between Europe and Japan are about 0700-0900 (±1) UTC, 16:00-18:00 JA-time
I was chased by many DLs during the fall and winter. The problem is that there are not many mountains to activate during the evening and then have to descend in the dark. I hope we can have a QSO.
Thanks for your hint. Since my activations usually take place during this time, this is good news for me.
I hope to see you soon 2S2. That would definitely be a high point in my Sota enthusiasm.