I always enjoy speaking with Dave G4AKC whenever he’s operating pedestrian mobile in Blackpool.
I received an email from Dave yesterday advising that the weather was looking good there today (i.e. not raining :-)) and that he’d be operating mobile. So earlier today I drove down to the Estuary near where I’m currently located in Mandurah and fired up the rig in the car using the Outbacker antenna mounted on the bumper bar.
This was just after 08:00Z and I was pleasantly surprised. I spoke with Dave and also spoke with Ian 2E0EDX (Ian has a website here) and Phil 2EOUDX who were coming through loud and clear. I even heard Dave loud and clear when he reduced his transmitting power to just 1 watt! I would have liked to see how the Buddipole performed but didn’t have the time or inclination to set it up.
Still with a 5/9 signal report from Dave and 5/8 from Ian, I’ve got nothing to complain about!
I’m visiting the UK next month and will be visiting Dave whilst there which I’m really looking forward to.
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