I’m reasonably new to amateur radio and SOTA.
I’ve done plenty of SOTA activations (and chases) now on 2m but I want to try and do some activations using HF.
I have an FT817, with external battery and a wire dipole which I can unwind to suit whatever band I need and it works fine at home for FT8 (with the FT817).
When out on a summit though I haven’t been able to make any voice contacts yet on 17, 20 or 40m. I have tried calling CQ on or near what is supposed to be QRP CoA with no luck, and I’ve tried responding to other stations calling CQ but I’m drowned out by people running QROO.
Am I doing something wrong?
Do I just need to find a quiet frequency, put a spot on SOTAWatch, keep calling CQ and be patient until someone hears me?
Do people only listen out for a QRP SOTA station on HF if they’ve seen the spot and know where to tune into?