All best John G7JTT
Today was probably the windiest (30+ MPH) and therefore coldest conditions I have experienced - I had to keep reminding myself it is December, so it is to be expected!
But it was definitely worth it as I worked Dave G4FRE/P on Clee Hill IO82QJ on both 71MHz and 146MHz - at 160Km this is a new 71MHz record.
I also worked John G7JTT one way on 146MHz and Ken G4BVK in Bristol 2 way on 146MHz.
Hepburn forecast had put a "U" on the map meaning conditions were unstable and that seemed the case as signals levels were quite low from everyone - there was much QSB on the path to Dave and he was not as strong as expected. I had run really high power to make up - hence the rainbow
Still good fun and looking forward to working people over during the week long repeater contest over Christmas or during the January activity weekend.
Noel - G8GTZ
Had a qso on 4m with Noel in Win Green at 160km for a new distance record. Much QSB, but at the peak Noel could copy my 5Watts into the antenna
4m Equipment was again the portsdown driving a G4DDK Nacton transverter modified from 70/28MHz to 70/437MHz driving a solidstate PA into a 5ele Powabeam at 5m
The antenna was taken down and replaced by my 144MHZ 9 element Tonna. I tried sending to noel but couldnt get any drive out of my Portsdown on 2m which was a surprise as it worked fine on 437MHz to drive the 4m system. Luckily I had brought the Pluto along so i used that to generate a signal which Noel received and we completed my 1st 2M DATV QSO. On receive I used the 2m contest mhp with the HA8ET preamp onboard which supplied enough selectivity to protect the minituner