Did work GI4DOH at maybe 1km away -20 degrees down hill!
If I could go back, I would take the 2m DATV kit out instead. After started to pack the 6cm kit away I tried 2m SSB and quickly worked F & EA for a first to there easily. Hearing a beacon in IN88 from my hole in the ground QTH with a 4 element antenna below roof height just now. Gah.
The morning started with me checking the radios at home and not much was happening at ~8am.
By 11am G8VPG/P was upto S7 on .750, rather surprising!
By 12:30 the Cornwall beacons on 2m/23cm were S9 and very stable, i decided to go out portable to IO94MJ a bit earlier than planned!
I was on site and setup by 2:15, liaised with Shaun on .750 with full scale signals, that sounds promising for 370km...
Sean put his 6cm Tx on and a little tweak of the dish brought in a P2 signal, amazing how easy it was to find, qsb varied from nothing to P5, we exchanged signals for about 30 mins both ways.
After that i tried with Malcolm G0UHY on 146.5, he's about as far dx to the south west as possible... i managed to receive his signal no problem but unfortunately we could not make it a 2-way contact, that's 477km!
Following that Adrian G4UVZ appeared, we exchanged 146.5 signals both ways very easily at 407km. We then tried 3cm ssb to see what the conditions were like on there, 59 was reported so we tried 3cm DATV using 146.5 into the 10GHz transverter. DATV signals were exchanged both ways at 125Ks, we could have managed on 333Ks but the qsb was too fast for it to lock for any period of time.
I then worked Tony G4CBW in IO83 on 146.5 DATV, good signals but not as easy as the path to IO80/81 so the tropo was quite selective. We did try 10GHz but that was very poor signals.
I tried 146.5 with John G4BAO but unfortunately the tropo to the south east was non existing.
Apologies for the poor 6cm screenshots, my analogue monitor still needs replacing.
I packed up at ~7pm after looking on other bands but the tropo had dropped off a little by then, when i got home the Cornwall beacons were still in but much weaker.
It's a shame we don't get days like this often, i was lucky being on my days off work to be able to participate, thanks to all who were on, it was a great day, really enjoyed it.
- tropo map F5LEN_241018.PNG (139.12 KiB) Viewed 1988 times
- 20181024_170146_2.jpg (141.28 KiB) Viewed 1989 times
- Mosaic 241018 Tropo.jpg (286.84 KiB) Viewed 1989 times
I think this last photograph would have been a good candidate for the old CQ-TV "guess a caption" competition!
73 Tony G4CBW
Our only contact was a meagre 190km on 5.6GHz with G8GTZ/P on Cleeve Common near Cheltenham. As Noel said, you never know when a Sainbury's till receipt will come in handy.