It was my first time out with the FT-857 and I figured 100 watts has to get my signal across the pond… After calling cq for 15 min I got depressed… “Junk, Crap stupid ocean” were all things that came out of my mouth.
I then moved frequencies and respotted myself… “can anyone hear me?”…
It was like a wall of people hit me =) I got quite a few awesome contacts one as far as Croatia 4200 miles away.
So I just wanted to say Thanks for listening and picking me up =) It made my first 100 watts portable experience that much better… and I was thrilled the radio and antenna worked well enough to make those contacts with EU.
I am looking forward to many more summits and many more contacts across the pond =)
Andrew - K2FR