Started at 1830 exactly on 3566 CW as alerted. It was hard going at first, but eventually I was spotted about twenty minutes later and it became a little easier. Conditions seemed good, with my 100 watts finding stations all around the UK and Western Europe. Nice to meet Peter ON3WAB on-air for the first time after many e-mail exchanges. Also good to set Steffen on his way to a second thousand uniques!
After about thirty-five minutes the stream of callers dried up, so I moved 100kHz HF. There was a scout station on 3665, so I found a clearish space just HF and called CQ SOTA. Despite repeated calling, and a precautionary frequency change just in case, I made zero QSOs. As I have commented before, when I do a CW-only activation I often get adverse comments for “excluding” SSB chasers. However, whenever I “make the effort” to give them what they are demanding, the same people are conspicuous by their absence!
Anyway, the main objective of the evening was participation in the RSGB 4m contest. The south-east is not a real hotbed of VHF activity at the best of times, so I was pleased to double my usual score by contacting two stations with my 10 watts and quarter-wave vertical!
Glad the rest of you had fun. I did take a quick look on 7032 but heard no activity. I didn’t think of trying 5MHz which looks like it took the brunt of the traffic. At least the weather was good, although it did get chilly quite rapidly. Only two cyclists seen on the adjacent track, but a couple of deer came quite close to have a curious look at me before running off into the woods.
73 de Les, G3VQO