This morning we headed over to the village of Coleshill, where Julie wanted to take a look at a clothes sale. Having had a look around, I left Julie to it and popped back to the car.
Being the middle of the day, I thought I would check 28MHz SSB. First I heard a ZS6 who wasn’t too loud. Although he could just hear me, my 10W to the whip wasn’t enough for a contact. ZS3Y was a bit louder but he couldn’t hear me. HZ1HN was contesting but I couldn’t get him to hear me.
I was starting to think it was a receive only day, when I heard a loud station just finishing a CQ. I called and was pleased and surprised to get a report of 5/5. Even more pleased when I discovered the station was in Israel, 4X4FR. We had a really nice QSO. Just as I signed with Rafi and we were preparing to drive off, with Julie back from the sale, Phil G7GVV from Oxford called in – so we quickly exchanged reports.
Slightly oddly, I noticed that on two channels only, there is a small difference between the Anytone’s TX and RX frequencies. And the clarifier seems to be set correctly. Odd! Happily it doesn’t seem to matter. Maybe a reset will help!
Fun contacts from the mobile!