Friday, 17 July 2015
Portable for the evening....
It was a beautiful evening, not too hot, and the Mozzies were not too bad if you had bug spray on!
I got to the site a couple of hours early, only to find Don, VE3MNE, already there eating his supper. I quickly set up my IC-718 and Buddipole for 17m, I "guesstimated" the radial length, and it tuned up great. So I starting spinning the VFO, the band was actually pretty quiet and I only managed to make two contacts.
The contacts were:
EA2KR, Oscar in Navarra, Spain.
EA5BYP, Elmo in Alicante, Spain.
Both gave me a 55 and they were both a very solid 59 into Kingston. I did hear John, HK3C, on 20m who's signal was the usual S9+40, but I could not break the pile up he was running. By the time these contacts were made the rest of the guys had shown up, and the meeting began.
All in all, it was a good night.