|The 20m Antenna|
SFI= 80, SN= 41, A Index= 21, and the K Index= 5......not the numbers you want to see on a big event day.
We also had a S5 to S7 noise floor at the operating site. It rained heavily for about 20 minutes while we set up our gear.......just what we needed !
Once we were up and running the bands were in a disgusting state, between the high noise floor and the very deep QSB we had it was very difficult to work anyone. In fact we had two SSB stations and a Digital station on the air and made a grand total of 4 contacts all day.....including one, solitary, lighthouse station in Florida, K4PIL.
However, having said all that, we did have a good time out there - but then again, any day outside playing radio is better than being home with a large "honey-do" list.......
My antenna for the day was my MFJ 17' collapsible whip, up at 8' with a 17' counterpoise. Radio was my FT-897D, with my FT-817 being used for VHF work.
I hope the propagation...and weather... improve a great deal for next weekends W/VE Island QSO Party. I'll be out for that event as well. Details will be posted here later in the week.
|The 20m station using an FT-897D|
|VE3ULC operating the digital station|