This morning, whilst replenishing my wine cellar (known as garage in this house), I took the opportunity to make a brief reconnaissance of the two French summits I will be activating on Sunday. The terrain is very similar to that of the South Downs, with relatively flat tops criss-crossed by minor roads. I have established that I can drive into the activation area on both hills and have identified suitable places both to park and to operate. Subject to the weather being kind, I hope to take a larger-than-usual battery and my trusty FT-847, as the carrying distance is insignificant, and will thus be able to run up to 100 watts. Hopefully this will enable my signal to be heard more easily on a busy 40m band on a Sunday morning. Should the weather insist on being inclement, I will revert to the usual 5 watts from my FT-817. Those listening for me on 40m SSB are reminded that France does not yet permit operation above 7.1 MHz, so I’ll look for a gap around 7060 (ever optimistic!!).
Once 40m has been exhausted, I’ll try 2m, both SSB and FM. Other bands may be used if conditions dictate, time allows, and the mood takes me!
Looking forward to getting a lot of new chasers in my log.
73 de Les F/G3VQO/P