Well, my activation of G/SP-015 Gun on Thursday found the 12m band a tad like the curates egg, good in parts.
I was qrv at 0908z and finding the 12m band a bit quiet, opted to start on 20m instead. This turned out to be a somewhat fortuitous decision, as by 0915, I had four VK chasers in the log along with 4Z5RT from Israel and then a call from Matt VK5DAG.
Time to have another bash at 12m. Not good, the band was not performing as usual, with just 2 stations logged, one Russia and one Turkey.
So, maybe worth a try on 17m. This resulted in just eleven contacts, amongst them 5 North Americans and one VK.
It was then I went looking for a s2s on the 2m band. A listen on the H/T and rubber duck, I heard a 2E0 station booming in from Poole in Dorset! Clearly, the 2m band was on fire. Typical innit, in order to save weight, I’d left the colinear in the car, so ended up giving VHF a miss
Sooooo, back for another try at 12m. My CQ produced a few calls from EU, as well as SOTA stalwart Brian G4ZRP, Matt VK1MA, a very nice call from Andy PJ2/DK5ON on Curacao and a fine contact with Vlad, HK0/UA4WHX on the Island of San Andres, a highly coveted DXCC indeed. Despite all this, it was another 30 minutes before the band finally opened to NA at 1400z.
70 contacts for the activation, with 12 North American and 7 VK chasers making the log.
Anyone else find the 12m band “out of sorts?”
Once again, thanks to all the chasers for making it a nice day.