I got an invitation from Steve VK3JA to do the contest from his QTH. Impossible to refuse. Steve has one of the best antenna farms I know. We get well together and the XYLs have fun together as well.
We got set up on Friday and tested the condx a little that day and mainly gave ourselves some proper training:
Alicja Steve's XYL is excellent cook so we had a ball. Thank you Alicja.
This is the prediction for the weekend of the contest. If we believed it, we would QSY to the bottle of red and would not switch the radios on at all. However the
prediction turned to be totally wrong. How lucky we were.
The morning started well. Steve had taken the 20 m band and I was running the 15 m. Started slowly, but within a few hours we were "flying".
Above is my operating position
Here is Steve smiling while "piling" the QSOs on.
Busy on 15 m
Busy on 20 m
Our best band was the 15 m (believe it or not). We both thought that 40 m will bring the best result. Steve has full size wire three element yagi on 40 pointing towards EU. The antenna can put big signal into the center of EU.
Above you can see the situation on Sunday early morning. Would you say there is no space to start calling CQ?
Our final result was:
We both think that it is pretty OK for the bottom of the solar minimum.