Sorry to anyone who was hoping to work me on either 30 or 60M while I was on Tray Mtn. W4G/NG-005. I was operating in a light rain that suddenly became a much heavier rain while I was on 40M. Not sure if it was rain static or some other source of QRN, but I had horrible noise levels on the band that made it impossible to copy anyone. I switched to 30M but had the same QRN issues there.
A few other adverse factors cropped up around the same time – I learned my bothy bag isn’t waterproof, so the rig, logbook and me started to get wet. My cellphone rebooted 3 times. My TeNeKe paddles started acting up. The place where I was sitting was rapidly filling with water.
So with all this excitement, I decided it was a good time to go QRT and hike back down the mountain before things got any worse. Sorry if I missed any chasers.
I brought my Harbor Freight tarp with me for the next 2 summits, which helped even though it is too small and heavy. I’ll be getting a better tarp for the future, as today assured me activations in the rain are possible with ALL the right gear – I lacked the right tarp ;-).
Thanks to everyone who chased me today!
73 Paula k9ir