Wednesday 31st January 2018 - The Cloud G/SP-015
Another visit to the World’s Most Activated SOTA Summit between some A Level maths teaching in a college in Crewe, and some GCSE maths private tuition in Holmes Chapel.
As I arrived at the parking spot, a couple of National Trust trucks came down the track and departed, both filled with members of the working party for the path restoration. I wondered what progress I would note on my way up. Answer? Nothing that I could discern.
At the summit I met a second NT party, a separate one concerned with woodland management. We had a good natter about various things, including the recent incident with mountain bikers, of which they were already aware. Inevitably, they were interested in what I was up to, and we had a good chat about that. It was good to hear that the NT’s position on such things remains that they consider it a “low-impact activity” based on the lightweight portable/packable gear used, and the short duration of activations, and that as such, it is tolerated.
As regards the SOTA activation itself, this time I was determined to break my 2018 HF ‘duck’, and set up the 40m dipole. I was soon regretting it though, watching the pole bend in the wind. I had a few goes at resetting it, but I was starting to think that my policy of hitherto waiting for decent weather before going HF, was a rather sensible one!
Anyway, no problems and no disasters. In fact the only disruption was when EA2CNA suddenly landed on 7.032MHz and started calling a QRS CQ - he obviously couldn’t hear me! Others on the frequency tried, in vain, to ask him to QSY - but he couldn’t hear them either! Just seven QSOs on 40m CW, then a couple on 2m FM.
I’m definitely out of practice at setting up an HF dipole and packing it away again. I’m sure I used to be able to do it much faster!