I’ve no intention of putting a bigger alternative antenna on my handheld. If I want to do that, then I’ve already got an MFD and a SOTA Beam - and an SMA to BNC adaptor.
No, for me the beauty of the handheld is that it is what it is. It is an all-in-one small, lightweight, comapct VHF transceiver that fits inside my coat pocket with nothing sticking out, even when zipped up. So if I plan to do a handheld activation, then I’m going to maximise the benefits of weight/size/convenience. If I want better performance, then the better equipment comes along in a rucksack.
Saying that, I do seem to be getting out, even so.
Saturday 24th February 2018 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015
The route to Gun summit was frozen solid and therefor much easier and more pleasant than usual. Just five contacts were made on this one, four on 2m FM (analogue) including S2S with Paul M0PLA/P on Brown Clee Hill G/WB-002. Only one QSO on 2m C4FM (Fusion), but it was S2S with Richard G3CWI/P on Shining Tor G/SP-004. Is a Fusion S2S a SOTA first? Probably not, but at least it was a first for us.
Apart from the bitter cold, it was a very lovely morning with fantastic bright sunshine and blue sky. When I arrived on the summit of The Cloud, Richard G3CWI/P was still toughing it out on Shining Tor G/SP-004 - an unusually lengthy activation for him, especially considering the significantly subzero temperature!
This time, there was a relative feast on C4FM of five QSOs, including the S2S with Richard. This figure was matched with the same on analogue FM.
A very nice morning’s SOTAing, ahead of another huge game for Macc Town at the Moss Rose. That’s the next stop today.