In reply to G3CWI:
It was eerie with SW being broken along with propagation being a bit hit and miss. Normally I switch on 5MHz, one CQ and I get an instant QSO. They spot me and then all hell breaks lose. It’s fantastic.
This afternoon, I called twice before Alastair GW0VMZ heard me along with GD3YUM and without SW it was a struggle to drum up QSOs. Propagation was down on this morning and that made things much, much harder. I managed 12 from SS-123 compared to 30 this morning from SS-056 when SW was working and conditions seemed good. It’s the first time on 5MHz that is has been a bit of a struggle to get the first 4 QSOs in the bag.
I gave up on 2m in Scotland due to the low usage. A few of my early activations almost failed due to nobody coming back which was why I decided to get myself a QSO magnet: 60m and GM call It only needs 1 spot on SW for 60m to fill with stations. It’s nice to be able to activate a hill which is still a unique for many SOTA stalwarts aswell. And that’s why I’m a little disappointed with SS-123 today. Sure I got enough calls for my activation to count, but I’m thinking of all the regular chasers who make this so much fun who missed out on this one.