As compensation I took some photos of it
|2m and 4m antennas at GM4FVM on 26 December 2017|
I did think that I had taken a better one than that. I wanted to show the antennas with Orion in the sky behind them and that worked quite well on that particular night. Sadly during the long exposure there was some vibration in the tripod so it did not turn out very well once I came indoors and looked carefully at the results. It is a pity as I had managed to get Alnitak and Alnilam on one side of the 4m boom, with Mintaka on the other side of the boom, but they are shown as elongated lines in the final photo. So this one will have to do.
Ah well, Orion's belt is for another day.
Or rather it is for another night.
In my last posting on 24 December I suggested that it would be worth looking out for "Christmas Es" until early January.
Unusually, Christmas Es decided to make a showing near to Christmas this year.
|10m WSPR spots at GM4FVM on 26 December 2017|
|10m contacts (all FT8) at GM4FVM on 26 December 2017|
|6m Es (FT8) contacts at GM4FVM on 26 December 2017|
|10m WSPR spots at GM4FVM on 27 December 2017|
|6m Es contacts at GM4FVM on 27 December 2017|
And of course, being a reasonable time for meteor scatter I have been there too...
|Meteor scatter contacts at GM4FVM 22 to 29 December 2017|
Nothing at all was heard on 4m (so there was no point putting up the mast for it just to get frozen).
The openings were very long - on 26 December 09:28 to 19:38, and on 27 December from 11:32 to 18:26. So my comment about these openings being short and localised was proved to be rubbish this year (so far). Well they usually are ... honestly.
OK, I was wrong.
So was it all worth it? It proves that in my business you can never let your attention waver or you miss things. New DXCC, new squares ... but the brain fade was a problem. Having let Katy the shack cat out into the garden, I got so caught up in the action that I forgot to let her in again. In weather cold enough to freeze an antenna mast she was not happy. I had to bribe her with a tin of tuna. But apart from that, yes, I think so.
Adding all the contacts since Christmas together (excluding WSPR of course) looks like this:-
|All contacts at GM4FVM 25 to 29 December 2017|
Whilst the next couple of weeks promise more meteor scatter and maybe some more Es, a long winter lies ahead. So work them while they are there.
Might be a good winter good for photographing the stars though.