Sunday 31st December 2017 - New Year’s Eve
Off to Blackpool for a NYE gig with Joe Longthorne. Only the other day, I noticed that I hadn’t activated Billinge Hill G/SP-017 at all in 2017. Thus I figured I could grab it on the way to my gig.
Weather forecast was for torrential rain courtesy of Storm Dylan. Thankfully, I experienced not a drop. I parked on Crank Lane and followed the trivial walk to the summit. It was very muddy in places though.
I only had my VX7 with me and no other (HF etc) options or proper aerials, so I was worried on two counts: 1. Activity levels, and 2. Breakthrough from the commercial masts on this hill.
I needn’t have worried. There was but a brief murmur from the masts, and plenty of people with their radios on. I made six contacts in seven minutes, all 2m FM and nearly all 59 signals both ways. Easy peasy.
That concludes my run of Christmas activations. Next: a run of New Year activations. Have a great evening everyone! Finally a photo of my “office” for that evening at work…