Thursday 28th December 2017
Still no new pole, waiting for bits for a new 20m GP, and limited time before an evening’s work all conspired to dictate that any activating would again have to be handheld + rubber duck style, 2m FM.
This was fine from The Cloud G/SP-015, which was very popular on this fine sunny, frosty and cold lunchtime. Four QSOs were made, all, interestingly, with 2E0 stations! Thanks to Dwayne 2E0DIJ, Pete 2E0LKC, Anne 2E0LMD and David 2E0IXM/M. The QSOs were timed at 1307, 1311, 1313 and 1314 UTC respectively, and took place on 145.450MHz FM.
I then navigated across the rather icy lanes to Gun G/SP-013. I called CQ SOTA on the handie from the marker stone (pictured), to the summit, but didn’t get any callers. The marker stone is well within the AZ, and I do occasionally set up there, especially when on HF.
At the trig point, I called again and was answered by Steve MW0ISC, followed by David 2E0IXM/M again. Just two QSOs then for this activation, timed at 1410 and 1411 UTC. The QRG was 145.475MHz FM.