Last night I went on 2m SSB with 5W in the monthly UKAC activity contest. After 1 hour and 40 minutes I had to stop as my voice was gone (stroke). Best DX missed was GI6ATZ in N.Ireland. I called him a few times without success.
In all 16 QSOs were completed showing that modest power and antenna from the home QTH is enough to enjoy the contest. Had I stayed on longer I’m sure I would have worked more squares. Quite a few stations in northern England worked too on the small, hand rotated, 3el beam, from the home QTH.
Looking at the map, I should have turned the beam towards the SW. Hardly likely I’ll come other than close to the bottom, but that was not the point – it was good fun taking part.
|2m stations worked with 5w/3el UKAC June 3rd 2014|