Well done Karl.
It looks like you and your 10w into your home brew loop antenna are doing the job very nicely.
Thank you for chasing me on Sunday when I was at Mt. Larrazpil EA2/NV-177.
Glad to have you back in the log as I had not logged a QSO with you since last July 28th.
Have you thought about giving CW a chance?
You would even chase much more and CW would let you do even better with your 10w.
I’ll be looking forward to being chased by you on CW some day soon.
Best 73 de Guru
Indeed a very good day for SOTA. During activations in DM/RP on Sunday, I lost de little cable for the external power supply for my KX1. Hence working with max. 1.5 W into my W3EDP, 84’ wire in a tree and a counterpoise of about 17’.
Lots of QSO’s over Europe. Top was a QSO with Phil VE1WT in Nova Scotia. It made the SOTA Sunday even better.
The interesting thing is that I could hear you, Karl, and a number of other UK chasers on 20 metres - sometimes I could hear you better than I could hear the activator! Short skip at the same time as good DX conditions certainly made the pile-ups more interesting, but it showed that we have a few poor operators, too! Saturday was very good, too, though I have less time available on Saturdays than Sundays.
Things often go a bit quiet in November as the winter bonus season approaches, not much sign of it yet this year!
As an activator I always thought this, I can get cold and wet in November, or I can wait a month and still get cold and wet with additional points. The key was always safety, I must admit that now I have the MG, I am going to be waiting till I get one of those winter days where the ground is frozen and you have clear blue skies!
March was always my favourite month for SOTA, however this year I managed some in April and May which was most pleasant.
Funny that times i hear many a mid uk stations calling chasers on 20m is good to hear .
As for Nov last year was my first I thought it would die off during winter period but it did not as Nov was just as busy as Dec last year to my surprise as last Nov as started in Aug late of sota chasing and by Nov was in me first 1k sloth.,
Hijacked thread don’t look at it like that, its a variant on what was first writing in other words gone off on a tangent to the normal
They aren’t too plentiful but when you get them they stick in your mind! One of my favourite memories is a winter day out on GW/NW-012 Cadair Berwyn in pre-SOTA days, a clear blue day with a few inches of snow lying. As the sun got close to the horizon it was a blazing orange and every little projection in the snow was highlighted in vivid orange, every hollow was blue. Unforgettable! One day I’ll find the slides and scan them. I also remember a different sort of day on the Nantlle Ridge, as we started to trudge up Craig Cwm Silyn the drizzly rain changed firstly into sleet and then into snow, and as there was little wind it was most enjoyable, a winter wonderland, with every rise and twist in the ridge emerging out of the snowfall as a series of surprises! It just goes to show that an unpromising looking day can give a treasured memory. That would be a fun one to repeat with an activation both ends of the ridge and conditions like this last weekend!
Well we didn’t have frozen ground today, but the rooves where white, I had ice on the windows/roof of my car (needed the heated seat on as the leather was cold on the bum too) and the sky is a lovely blue with a big burning ball of yellow. Lovely and fresh, ideal walking weather.
Yes, I’m stuck in the office fighting with MS signtool getting some USB drivers signed so they install on 64bit Windows. Not helped by the PAT guy being in the office doing the safety checks on mains cables etc. I’ve got 4 different laptops on my desk right now, my main one, a Linux one running Umbongo, a gash Win7 one (doesn’t matter if I gub the installation that’s its purpose) and another Win7 one that behaves differently when it sees unknown USB devices. 4 PSUs, a 100mb hub, an Android charger, 2x 24in LCDs. That’s 8 things to test, plus extension cables. Plus the hidden Linux machine that is the office MP3 server (which of course doesn’t exist officially after we got told off by IT for running a VM on the test gear that was streaming server!)
Though really I’m checking out info on activating in EA8 with James M0JCQ but don’t tell anyone.