Trans-Atlantic S2S 6th November discussion continued…
I’m just wondering whether anyone is proposing using a multi element antenna this year. I recall some success in the past, but wonder whether the added complexity is worthwhile, particularly when dismantling the antenna system is likely to be when it is dark. I will be keeping to my simple vertical with 4 counterpoises/radials, but feel I may be missing out on something.
Weather permitting I’m planning on a simple dipole and 20m. I was playing with a 10m quarter wave vertical today and that was being heard in NA on FT8 but I think I’ll stick with CW and the 20m dipole. But it all depends I think on propagation on the day. Things are so far looking good.
I did in the 2 previous editions because I worked 20m only and my 2 elements inverted L was designed and setup for that band but, given the good conditions we’re having on 15, 17 and 20m this year, I will go for a vertical enfed, as this will allow for quick band changes working as a tribander with the help of my antenna tuner, of course.
I tested my set-up ( KX2, MX P50M and Endfed for 40/20/15/10m as inv-L dir. west - 17m I adapt directly on the tuner of the KX2 ) on 25 October on DM/BW-018 … and had in 4 hours 19 QSO to NA, 1 x ZL and 1 x YC
Also in the last days: I had with my standard equipment (KX2 and 10m vertical) in the afternoon always NA in the log.
Unfortunately no S2S … but there was no one from NA on the summit…
Initially I intended to set up a VDA for 15m (photo see part 1)
The trouble is, it’s a Monobander. In case most activity is on other bands, it’ll be of little use and there won’t be enough time to swap antennas.
So most likely I go for vertical EFHW dipoles, which are easy to set up and even can be swapped if condx are different from what’s expected.
Currently, bands are in great shape. Hope condx keep up!
Everyone I’ve spoken to about Scafell Pike recommends the corridor route. I did RAYNET from Esk Hause and watch all sorts ascend from that direction. I would expect it to get dark early on that side however.
Went up the corridor route this summer after a gap of about 25 years - slight scramble nothing very difficult but it was quiet unlike most of the motorway paths. Worth doing, the kids and dog enjoyed it too. Still would not fancy it at night….
There was one tricky bit which involved lowering the dog about six feet down a scramble, but that was the only part that wasn’t so easy. I think it was the unnamed gill below Lambfoot dub I think Skew gill has quite red loose rock and looks worse than it is…. I have been down that way probably three times but up it only once. The difficult bits may well be different the other way round as climbing down always seems somewhat harder…
Back on topic … Weather not looking brilliant next Saturday - At the moment it is suggesting cold ish 6 C (Not a massive problem) but winds approaching a “Near Gale” which might be a bit more of a problem, still a week is a long time away for a weather forcast in the UK. Paul