Another Go with 20m EFHW

I’ve now had three outings with my first self-built HF antenna, an end-fed half-wave on 20m twirled around a 10m squid pole. The main reason for this design was that I’ve got easy access to the kind of salty beaches that are supposed to work well as groundplanes, but with weather being what it is right now I’ve not had much of a chance to get out.

IC-705 with 20m EFHW on the beach at Garwick Bay

Today could have been such a day, but instead I decided to work portable from the car, perching myself on the Druidale Road above Ballaugh. There was zero noise floor and I was able to work pretty much every station I heard at 10W, with many of them giving me better reports than I was able to give them. The Swiss guys in particular were very strong with me, sounding as clear and loud as traffic on the local repeater.

DA22WRTCWangen, Germany20mS5/9 @ 5W
HB9GVWHans-MartinBurgdorf, Switzerland20mS5/5 @ 5W
EI3ISBJohnDubli, Ireland20mS5/5 @ 5W
SM5ZCJDirkFinspong, Sweden20mS5/9 @ 5W
OH3GZJackToivakka, Sweden20mS5/7 @ 10W
F1GOWJean-MarcNancy, France20mS5/5 @ 10W
DK5KNRudiKönigswinter, Germany20mS5/9 @ 10W
SD7XJorgSweden20mS5/5 @ 10W
DL7GPAchimBerlin, Germany20mS5/9 @ 10W
GI0AQDDavidPortavogie, Northern Ireland20mS5/8 @ 10W
DL1ROTThomasBerlin, Germany20mS5/6 @ 10W
DH0GMEElmarVillingen, Germany20mS5/7 @ 10W
SQ3SHIMekGrabow, Poland20mS5/9 @ 10W
HB9SHIDanielGruet, Switzerland20mS5/8 @ 10W
HB9BFYPeterGossau, Switzerland20mS5/9 @ 10W
IN3HUYGiorgioSan Bovo, Italy20mS5/9 @ 10W
DK1MHWHansAltoeting, Germany20mS5/5 @ 10W
SP8DRDarekLubelski, Poland20mS5/5 @ 10W
IU2PKQSimoBareggio, Italy20mS5/9 @ 10W
F/DL4FLYTimmKarlsruhe, Germany20mS5/5 @ 10W
Selection of contacts made using EFHW from Druidale Road, IO74rh

There was a strong temptation to hang on a few hours and wait for the long skip to come in, but temperatures had dropped to 4℃ as the sun went down and I didn’t relish taking everything down without gloves and a torch. Maybe next time.

Quick tour of the portable location; Druidale Road near Mount Karrin

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