A difficult day for the challenge with the IARU contest. Also I had family visiting under the Covid19, lockdown “bubble”arrangements. Following test on Friday I decided to operate for a couple of hours in the morning on 40m before the start of the contest at 12:00 UTC. This would give me time to be back home before my visitors arrived. I also planned to operate on 17m in the late afternoon to try to give a RaDAR to RaDAR QSO to operators in N. America.
So, Was atomy first station at about 07:30 UTC. After about an hour I had my five QSOs and made my way on foot to station 2, one kilometre away. Here I managed four QSOS before deciding to head back home to meet my guests. Actually thought I had made 5 QSOs - clerical error!.
I got home a few minutes after the guests arrived.
My experience on 40m was mixed. There was lots of European activity. Many QRO + nets and long chatty QSOs going on. My QRP SSB CQ calls did not attract any takers. I found the best qso chances with Flora and Fauna stations.
I did venture out for an hour late afternoon to see if I could work any RaDAR stations on 17m. !7m was very flat - no intercontinental stations whatsoever and only two or three audible European stations. I had QSOs with two of them. They gave me surprising ly good signal reports in view of my10W to a 3metre vertical backpack mounted antenna.
Attached to this post are photos of stations 1 and 2 of this mornings Radar Challenge, a Strava track of my route and an extract of my QRZ log - only 9 contacts. Also attached is my log of this afternoons outing on 17m. A very short video of me CQing, this afternoon, on the 17m HF pack frequency will be in the next post