Having now got my car fixed with its howling wheel bearings (costing more than the car is worth), it was time to do a couple more activations. Luckily I’d picked a cracking day to activate both Win Green & Long Knoll in the South West of my home county.
After an hour and a half’s drive from Swindon, I arrived at the car park at Win Green, G/SC-008, at 08:45 local time. Having loaded myself up with the paraphenalia I thought I’d need, I headed for the clump of trees near the summit. I chose to grab the bench on the NE side of the trees, as I knew my first caller would be in that direction.
I started on 2m FM, using my FT-857D running 10w into a homebrew Moxon on vertical, 10’ up a landing net handle mast.
I started calling at 0815 UTC and straight away a 59+ signal came back from Colin, G4SXR in Amesbury. After chatting for a few minutes, 3 other stations were worked, 2 from the Isle of Wight (which I could just about make out in the distance) and the qualifying one from John 2E0WHH in Southampton. Hill qualified in 15 minutes. 6 other stations were worked, bringing the total to 10 in around an hour on 2m FM. All were nice chats, rather than quick QSOs.
At 0930, I decided to try 2m SSB. After 20 minutes calling, I was flogging a dead horse, so set up for 4m FM using my Wouxun handie and another Moxon. I couldn’t hear anything, so swapped the moxon for a Garex whip. Some more calling brought a station who I assume I could hear me, but I couldn’t make him out. I found that the BNC/PL259 adapter I had on the Moxon was faulty.
At 1015 UTC I went QRT. On the way back to the car park I noted a colinear on a fence post, thus I met G3AYD & 2E0ZVR, who I have spoken to on a few occasions in the past. After having a chat, eating my sarnies and finding the nearby Geocache, I left Win Green for Long Knoll.
I arrived at G/SC-007 Long Knoll at around 1pm local and began the perilous journey from the parking spot along the road. The climb up the first bit is steep, but it’s a great feeling when you get to the top! The hill is well named and it seems to go on forever until you finally reach the Trig.
Nothing else up here except sheep, so having strapped the mast to a fence post I began calling again on 2m FM at 1242 UTC. Straightaway James 2E1EMK/M came back, followed by 2E0KKB/M from Cirencester, followed by Colin G4SXR/M. The qualifier, once again in 15 minutes, came from another mobile station - G3TFK/M from Bath.
Best DX of the day came at 1312, when calling CQ I heard a faint 2W0— Summit to Summit. This was Leigh 2W0LDJ/P on NW-012, my first ever S2S - cheers Leigh!
I finished the activation at 1332, when in a comic moment which would have suited a Laurel & Hardy sketch, a sudden gust of wind collapsed the top section of my mast and at the exact same time, blew my hat off as well. Time to call it a day after 8 QSOs here! So, packed everything up, did the nearby Geocache and walked back to the car.
All in all a very pleasant day and pleased to have qualified both and obtain my first Summit to Summit.