It was good to get out for a hill walk today after weeks and weeks of inactivity due to snow covered ground. With a wx forecast of dry, 5C and slight breeze I decided to pay my 63rd visit to GW/NW-051!
There were still pockets of snow on the ground but the roads were clear and the car parks had been cleared also.
I opted for the direct path up from the car park and even though the going was ‘interesting’ in places due to drifted snow I made it to the summit which was completely clear. The forecasted slight breeze was quite stiff at the summit but not strong enough to pose any setting up problems.
Started off on 5MHz and was immediately called by Frank, G3RMD followed by Steve, GW7AAV. Many thanks to both stations for spotting me and generally ‘looking after’ me as I changed bands since I have no means for self spotting!
Conditions were very good on 5MHz with strong signals from around the UK, 13 stations worked.
QSY to 80m where I had 13 more contacts and then a brief return to 5MHz after Frank alerted me of a possible S2S with Pete, G3TJE/P on SC-001. S2S duly made plus two further chasers.
Final QSY to 40m making 18 contacts, 8 of them being with UK stations which makes a pleasant change considering the way propagation has been for inter-G working lately.
Best rare ‘dx’ of the day has got to be Steve, G1INK!
I have worked Steve more than sixty times over the past few years with /P after his callsign but this is only the second time I have worked him from his home station!
Thanks to all chasers for giving me 90 minutes of very enjoyable operating in my ‘outdoor shack’!