Well, it seems there was something of a stampede for the summits in both G and GW this morning!
Good to see the usual suspects all heading for them thar hills.
G4ASA, M0IML, GW4VPX, GW4WSB, MW6WSB, MW0YDH, MW6EMP, M0JLA, 2W0KGQ, G6WRW, GW6OVD and myself 2E0YYY all activating summits and creating an s2s feeding frenzy…Great fun!
The WX on G/SP-017, was wet, cold and windy…Very windy
I noticedt the SFI, was heading into the stratosphere, however, I’ve learned from bitter experience this does not always mean a DX bonanza and today was no exception.
I put up a self spot and asked if there were any VK’s listening. Andrew VK1DA, sent a spot to say he couldn’t hear me on 10m, Thanks for trying Andrew. There was a very strong Chinese station in QSO with someone and it would have been an easy copy, however, by now there were a number of G/GW stations on the 40m band and I opted to go chasing s2s instead. Many thanks to Carolyn GW6WRW/P for becoming net controller on her frequency and co-ordinating a load of s2s contacts…Well done Carolyn, great job!
It was at this point I took a look at 10m again and put out a CQ. A steady stream of callers came in including Micha 4Z1KN from Israel and rather surprisingly Bob VP8LP to let me know I had a big signal into the Falklands. The band then opened to North America and 15 contacts were logged. In between, I saw a spot for Jonathan 2W0KGQ up on GW/NW-003. He was an easy copy on the X-50 colinear. Many thanks for the summit and 10 points Jonathan, well done on working from what must have been a very, very windy Glyder Fawr.
Finally, I couldn’t resist taking a look at 10m FM. I was soon rewarded with a call from HP2BWJ in Panama.
Panama is never easy to find on SSB from a summit, however, on FM it must be extremely rare and really made my day, Other DX on 10m FM included Herm KB1RJC, Dow W4DOW, Charles AE4FZ and Donnie KV4UL in KY. Thanks guys.
Thanks to all the SOTA Activators and Chasers for making this a very nice day.
68 Contacts for the activation…