Just for a bit of fun I went on the 2m UKAC contest this evening with the FT817 to the vertical colinear from home, not the most ideal of antennas when everyone is running horizontal beams. Nonetheless, I managed 6 QSOs in just over an hour of operating. No great DX - the best QSO was just 47km tonight - but a bit of fun. The better stations were exchanging serial numbers in the 70s (at least) and I was hearing stations working GM, GW and F. The map shows my (meagre!) QSOs. Maybe in a month's time I'll erect that big wheel here at this QTH and we can compare results v. the vertical antenna.