Recently I went for a trip up the Slieve Bloom Mountains to try a bit of portable operating. Band conditions were not good that day due to magnetic storms with almost nothing to be heard on 40m. I thought I was being clever using a long wire antenna so I could operate on multiple bands but I was taught a harsh lesson. I could hear some strong stations on 20m coming in from Belarus and Slovakia but when I tried to work them I got RF back into the rig and consequently a QSO count of zero – “Strong signal – bad modulation”. The weather was not good as you can see from the picture so I made my way home to double check the rig to be on the safe side. I had a nice chat with Maurizio IK4BPV who confirmed that the WX was just as bad in Northern Italy and that my rig was fine.