Still work in progress though......and I know its the weekend before activity weekend, but I can't access a close site then, however may travel a bit especially if the wx is decent.
My Sunday was wasted too.g8gtz wrote: ↑Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:58 amWell, that was a weekend of mixed fortunes!
On Saturday I went to Walbury Hill near Newbury (IO91GI) where it was blowing a gale but dry.
The highlight was working David M0YDH on Clee Hill in Shropshire on 70cms. The lowlights were not working G8GKQ on 146, 3.4 and 5.6 due to equipment failures and not managing a QSO on 10Ghz as I could not hold the dish steady enough in the wind! Also failed to work Gareth G4XAT on 5.6Ghz over an optimistic path from south London but I did see a drone on 5665MHz so I knew the gear was working!
I then drove 120 miles down to Dunkery Beacon near Minehead where both the weather and QSO success rate was much better!
The highlight was working Dave G4FRE on Clee Common near Cheltenham on 5.6 and 24GHz. At 136.8Km this is a new 24GHz DATV world record!
I also worked G4KLB/P in the KLB radio car, G8GKQ and G8BVK on multiple bands and Adrian G4UVZ on 10GHz over a very obstructed path.
Again, dissapointed by the lack of stations on the air - I can name at least 10 stations who were within range on the 2 days I was out. What do we have to do to encourage people to get on air - it really is true, we will loose it if you don't use it And it's not enough to just listen on 144.750 - nobody will ever hear you!
Not expecting to do as well as last year but overall an enjoyable weekend and the lesson learnt was less time looking at Oscar 100 and more time prepping for the contest would have helped!
Noel - G8GTZ
Couldn't access Zello due to network issues but made several calls on .750 and nothing heard. G4CPE tested Zello for me and couldn't connect with me. My 5GHz kit was rigged with the big PA and I'd hoped to do well with it.
Dunstable Downs is good for SW/W/NW; hope to be there again 13th July.
Saturday was rather wet but the rain stopped just as i got on site so had a dry time setting up, from the until ~6pm it rained through but not too heavy.
Only worked 3 stations on both days but many bands.
Sunday was much nicer with sunshine all day, no tropo to speak of so the contacts were not great dx unfortunately.
Worked all bands 70cm>24GHz, usual issues with poor performance on 3.4Ghz.. I really need to sort out a horn to feed the 80cm dish, 15dBi panel is not enough!
Looking forward to next year, still prefer September for IARU Contest date but June will have to do!