I took a quick trip out today to see if my bad experience on HF yesterday (on G/LD-046) was a one off.
I walked into the trig point field and set up the PFR-3 running 5W into a 17m wire supported in the middle at 5m and fed against a 13m counterpoise.
Calling without a self spot on 40m brought in a good run of 14 stations from all around Europe. A QSY to 30m was not so good as I couldn’t raise a response… but then I couldn’t hear anybody active on the band at all!
I moved to 20m but after calling for a while on 14.058 with no response, I went off looking for stations. I ended up having a solid, 5 minute QSO with KF3B in Pennsylvania. I don’t know who was more surprised, me for snagging him or him after being told I was QRP!
I worked one more (a 9A IOTA station working split up 1) on 20m and then moved back to 40m for a listen before packing up. I was really pleased to make S2S with MM3BRR/P on GM/SI-199 just before I shut down.
Thanks to all callers and to F5AKL for the spot. It was better day for 40m so I assume conditions picked up somewhat …or the dry chalk hills suit my antenna versus the rocky, grass covered hilltop yesterday.
73 Marc G0AZS