Many thanks for the comments above and also to Barry, GM4TOE, for the certificate and mention in SOTA News.
The pursuit has been great fun most of the time but a bit grim at others; the cold and wet does get through after a bit.
Many thanks to the chasers; top man is Don, G0RQL, with 400; extra thanks for this, Don.
There are 54 SOTA summits within 60km of home and we try to find different routes up many of these from year to year. A single 2 pointer in winter every year for seven years yields 35 points, so it can add up quite quickly. I have used 80m, 60m, 40m, 20m with ft-817, ft-857 and, currently, KX3; all ssb with a long end-fed wire originally and latterly a linked dipole (+coils for 80m). The 817 and 857 have also done 2m ssb and, along with the VX-1, (very briefly), VX-3 and, currently, VX-7 2m and 70cm FM, (usually on shared activations with Vicki, M6BWA, when weather or weight carrying restrict our choice) and using a water-pipe dipole, wire co-linear or even a 30cm helical stick. Most have been qualified with 4 QSOs on one band and extra contacts on other bands. The odd one has required more than one band to qualify, including, I am sure but can not currently remember for certain, one needing four bands
You should find us active again in the next few weeks/months; Wales (several), and LD are already booked.
Hoping for s2s with MM0FMF next week.