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
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
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.
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2019 9:49 AM
Subject: Re: [UKMicrowaves] Tuesday night
may also have increased because because of the IC-9700
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