In reply to M1EYP:
About time too, I was wondering why G3CWI was my first contact from the Cloud in 2010. You’ve even missed some good VHF contests Tom!
I was monitoring the other day when you were alerted to work G/SP-004 & replied to Jimmy’s CQ call on 145.500 FM at 11:22z. I lost him as he suddenly cut out in mid transmission. Suspecting an antenna problem I spotted him anyway as maybe someone more local could work him on just the handheld…
I then went to have a listen on 30m…
You were weak but fully readable on 30m CW here in Blackburn, probably 519, with the the stations calling you very much stronger, so I would think that aerial is working quite well over the terrain between SP-004 & here. Even though I don’t use CW that much, I usually have my key plugged in & ready to go, as you never know when you might need it. I wouldn’t say this was one of those situations, but I really wanted to know what had happenned to Jimmy!
About 20 minutes later I heard Jimmy calling again on 2m FM so thankfully I didn’t have to use my very rusty CW on 30m!
There do seem to be more taking part in the RSGB UK Activity contests this year, so you shouldn’t be short of contacts on the VHF/UHF bands if you decide to do your usual evening activations of G/SP-015 this year Tom.
But really, I had to wait until 17th January to work the Cloud???
All the best 73,