Snowbound!

Well here in the Northwest corner of England we are experiencing probably the first spell of very snowy weather since (by my reckoning anyway) 1996.

I think we have about seven inches (18cm) of level snow, and thankfully there hasn't been any wind to whip it up into deep drifts.

No big deal. However ... Not good for loft-mounted antennae!

There appears to be about 3 to 4 inches of snow lying on my roof.

Interestingly, over the last couple of days I have been beaconing WSPR at the 500mW level, and virtually no-one is hearing me. I haven't noticed particularly that I am hearing fewer signals, so it all seems to be the equivalent of having an attenuator in series with your feedline.

Maybe I need a few kW to melt the snow off the roof!

Actually it would be quite interesting to crank up the power gradually to find the point at which my signals are being heard again. Maybe I'll do that ...