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A Wrekin brilliant afternoon!


#1

Today I headed for the Wrekin, G/WB-010, mainly for the walk, but also to make my first attempt at a CW activation on 10MHz.

I started off gently on 145MHz FM, and soon had 22 stations in the log, featuring many familiar call-signs. These included my first S2S under the new rules with MW1EYP/P on GW/NW-054, thanks Tom! Even more pleasing, perhaps, was giving Gez M0NTC his 1000th chaser point. Great stuff Gez, and pleased to be involved!

Time to put up the dipole for 30m, which I made out of cheap speaker lead split at the feed point, and run as twin feeder all the way to the FT817.
A few tentative CQs produced nothing, and I kicked myself for not making use of Eric KU6J’s latest facility on RBNGate. I had passed the window of opportunity since my alerted time, but could so easily have extended it when posting the alert. I’ll remember next time!

After a few more calls though, OE7PHI replied, and I was away. Suddenly the key needed virtually no pressure to operate, and my cold fingers were sending dots and dashes in all directions. I’ll wind up the tension a little for next time.
As the encouraging comments from regular CW activators predicted, I was impressed by the courtesy and patience of chasers, and soon settled down. Just 11 contacts made, but it was a great feeling :o) Many thanks to all the stations who worked me.

Finally, a quick dabble on 5MHz. I had established that by chance the 30m dipole also loaded up on 60m, and not any other HF band (without an ATU). An unlikely pairing, on the face of it, but due no doubt to the particular feeder length.
It was obviously too short to be very efficient on 5MHz, and the centre of the inverted V was only at 5m, but I could hear a number of QSOs in progress.
I called GM4MD/P on GM/SS-139, and to my surprise he responded with a 2x2 report, which under the circumstances, I was pleased to accept! Thanks Paul for my first 5MHz activator contact, and a welcome S2S.
I called CQ a few times on nearby channels, and a hopeful CW call at the bottom end. No response, and by now I was starting to feel chilly, so time to pack up.

I did not expect so much fun from a 1 pointer in winter, but that’s SOTA for you!

Thanks everyone,

Adrian
G4AZS


#2

In reply to G4AZS:

Hi Adrian

Glad to see that the SOTA bug has firmly bitten you! It always pleasing when you see one of your audience members take to this aspect of the hobby in the way that you have!!

I am glad I gave that talk at the Shrewsbury Club!

73

Matt G8XYJ


#3

In reply to G4AZS:

Hi Adrian

Glad you enjoyed yourself on the Wrekin :slight_smile:

Many thanks for the S2S, and apologies for the stingy report but I belong to the school of brutal honesty when it comes to such things! No “you’re 59 but can you repeat your call several times” from me… The important thing is you gave it a go and we made a good contact for which I am extremely grateful :slight_smile:

Hope to catch you again soon

73 de Paul G4MD


#4

In reply to G4MD:

Many thanks for the S2S, and apologies for the stingy report but I
belong to the school of brutal honesty when it comes to such things!
No “you’re 59 but can you repeat your call several times” from me…

Hi Paul, I’m with you on that one, and especially in the context of an untried antenna, an accurate report is exactly what I wanted. In the other direction, you were perfectly Q5, though hardly lifting the bar graph. It was such a joy after the S7 noise level I usually have at home!

I will aim to improve the antenna for next time, and look forward to working you again.

Matt - yes, your talk at SARS was very effective, just the prod I needed!

73, Adrian G4AZS