While my daughter took some skiing lessons I operated from somewhere near the ski lift.
On Wednesday the sky was already grey in the morning and snow started falling while I set up the antenna in a tree. The snow shower grew stronger within minutes after the first „CQ“, soon snow covered transceiver and log. After half an hour I had to QRT. Too much snow!
On Thursday the weather was sunny and a bit colder. But condx seemed to be different: Only a few takers and endless loops of „CQ“. After an hour I switched to 17 metres but the situation was similar. So I packed my things and went QRT.
Thanks to all who called and spotted me. It was lots of fun!
Rig: 2 x Elecraft K3, 100 Watts, 70Ah Lead Acid, Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: Delta Loops for 20, 15 and 12 m
117 CW QSOs on 20m, 6 CW QSOs on 15m, 4 CW QSOs on 12m, 1 RTTY QSO on 12m
This was basically the test run for our activity in HB0 and it was lots of fun.
Within 2.5 hours 117 QSOs to 26 DXCC entities had been made on 20 m. 15 m wasn’t that busy: After 6 QSOs there were no takers any more. So we decided to set up a Delta Loop for 12 m where we had another 5 QSOs – one on RTTY thanks to the special feature of the K3.
Both stations were running simultaneously with the antennas only about 50 metres apart. Absolutely no interference could be heard thanks to the very robust design of the K3.