I went back to EA for the final week of summer holidays. On Sat 28th, we visited some friends at their Cottage [Mas] near Vistabella del Maestrazgo. The place is very isolated - 30min of gravel roads through the mountains and at 950m a.s.l. as well as a very quiet noise location.
A bit of looking into google earth, terrain sw, and HFTA showed that East was my best change to work some DX as the path to NA, Caribbean, and SA is well blocked by higher mountains.
|confy QTH & gear|
I worked a few stations on the YO contest in the morning as well as chased 9 SOTA stations in EU. Around 17:00z I heard HS and V8 coming loud and clear on my inv V dipole @ 5.5m above the ground and after the EU KW and yagis, I worked V85TL for a new DXCC - I logged him on 20m cw with the FT817 + 50W PA [11700km] @ 70deg azimuth.
The local ground drops towards the east giving a good 6-8dB enhancement at approx 10deg elevation.
|Dipole broadside looking East|