Further feeder improvements needed now and I can then try 23cms from home.
I had a hectic day trying to do both the microwave contest and some TV.
I had 13 QSOs on 24, 47 and 76 GHz plus I managed a two-way TV on 5.6 GHz FM over the 92km path between Walbury and Lulworth plus a one-way with both G8GKQ and G4KLB on 23cms who were both 18 dB MER on 23cms. Unfortunately, I forgot the 28v power lead for the 23cms PA or it would have been a 2 way for both.
It was hard work doing multi-band (operated on 5 bands plus 2 talk back bands), multi-site in one day - we must try and avoid clashes, please
There seems to be less interest in activity weekends at the moment so well done to all those who got on the air.
I could not hear Rob M0DTS on 144 MHz (I usually can) and an attempt at a 437 MHz contact failed. Thanks to John G7JTT for trying a 1255 MHz contact as well.
The great success of the day was working Gareth G4XAT at 171 km on 437 MHz (2-way) and 146 MHz (1-way). Unfortunately the path the Martin G4FKK seemed to be obstructed.
Colin G4LKLB was on-site with me and we both received Noel G8GTZ/P at 92 km on 5.6 GHz FM ATV. Noel was able to see my pictures, but not Colin's (10 W vs 2 W).
What might tempt more people to partcipate? Ideas welcome!
PS - A very strong signal from the OB Van!
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Summer has finally left, it was only 11c up there.
A lot of the time I was Vertical on .750 talkback which was working very well, i did put the odd call out on horizontal but that maybe why you didn't hear me Dave.
I did however work 2-way 23cm DATV with Dave G4EEV at 50km obstructed path, previously we had only made a 1-way contact.
Later we worked 1-way 146 DATV also at good strength.
1-way direct QSO with Clive G3GJA on 23cm then completed through GB3EY.
We also had a 2-way QSO on 146 DATV.
On 2m and 70cm Martin G4FKK was a couple of dB over the noise at 125Ks before lunch, also not bad on .750, unfortunately not enough to get a decode, after lunch it had faded.
Gareth G4XAT was right on the edge (the wrong edge!) for a decode on both 2m and 70cm, the best i got was a decode of callsign but nothing in video unfortunately.
Look forward to the next one.
Just in case anyone is interested, Bilsdale is still standing on the next ridge, no sign of temporary mast yet...
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Distances from the northern part to Belgium. Unfortunately, no overseas contacts.
It could be followed on the BATC application DXspot.
23 cm analogue: 245 km, 70 cm analogue: 248 km.