In reply to G6WRW:
In reply to 2E0YYY:
I’ve not had any recent problems with 40m, the trick I use if there is
loads of activity is find a clear-ish frequency, call and self spot
and then wait for the chasers to make the gap :o)
It’s a shame 40m is such a narrow band and Sunday just happened to be pretty busy. However, I’m often amazed at just how many European and indeed, Stateside chasers will find activators on the 15m band. Unfortunately, this band is a compromise and normally rules out most of the UK stations.
To be fair I do use a small amplifier providing about 25W and efficent
antennas, more often than not a full 1/4 wave vertial. I used to be
only QRP when I first started activating on HF so I know it can be a
difficult band sometimes.
But I thought you were able to run between 10 and 50W SOTA, depending
on your call, you carry big enough batteries :o)
As you’re no doubt aware, I tend to do marathon activations and although I can use 50W using 2E0YYY, even a 20Ah SLAB won’t tolerate that sort of current draw for too long. The FT-857 is a greedy rig and I actually spoilt an almost new 20Ah SLAB on one 2m fm activation, by dragging the voltage down to below 10 Volts when it was under a tx load
I now use the more expensive deep cycle SLABS which are a lot more tolerent of my abuse
BTW Val (G6MML) seemed to be doing OK today with 5W :o)
I’ve done some good dx with 5W, but I guess Sunday just wasn’t my day.
Good luck with your W5 holiday Carolyn, I reckon you’ll be fielding some massive pile-ups.