Re: Tuesday night 23cms
Umm - what a surprise I had on Tuesday!
I have not been active for a couple of years and after a rebuild of the of the station I Thought (?) that 100 W into 67 Ele with DDK preamp would net a good few contacts.
Just prior to 20:00 copied two PA stations and one station on the IOW.
So despite being in a “hole” 50 M ASL with local surrounding ground rising to 80 M ASL I expected an interesting evening.
Of course after 20:00 no sign of the PA stations and no signal from IOW.
After 2 hours I noted a /P station giving a report of 70 QSOs – and I was 9 ! Others in IO83 were doing better than me.
I did work stations in IO and JO with broadly reciprocal similar signal reports so my kit appears to be matched (RX v TX).
I did notice that conditions were not good (Martelsham well down on normal).
Though as has been asked/ said on many occasions those of you who “in the south” Please look North after you have worked F, DL, ON, PA ect.
This is not a whinge just that some of us in the NW and Midlands would appreciate a couple of QSOs more.
From: Nigel G8IFN
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2019 9:49 AM
Subject: Re: [UKMicrowaves] Tuesday night 23cms
Activity may also have increased because because of the IC-9700 becoming available.
I am back on the band for the first time since the 1980s due to my purchase of the 9700.
Just need to get the antenna outside rather than in the loft.