I managed to complete my first activation today, and provided a bit of PSK, for those of us, who are of that particular orientation!
Don't laugh, it was my "local" hill, Gun, near Leek, just a one pointer, but it served several purposes for me.
I can manage the path to the top, and I did get to the top today, albeit a bit knackered, and I shall probably suffer for it a bit tomorrow, but I'm hoping to do it again next week, so I've not been put off.
It provided a "shakedown" for my portable gear, most of which has not been used since Feb 2012.
No contacts at all for 15 minutes, then Petr from the Ukraine, so that broke the duck.
Hungary and the Cz Repubilic next, making three, and, although I'm not too bothered about points, I just enjoy my "Pisking", I was hoping to get four contacts during my first session.
Then Hungary again, plus Portugal, gave me a total of five for my first outing, so I'm quite pleased with that.
First CQ at 1400, as advertised, and I packed up at 1455, because of cold finger ends - because of heart surgery, I'm not supposed to get my extremities cold, [or my arms and legs]!!
One question, none of these stations admitted to being SOTA biased, although I provided details of summit SOTA ref number, and included SOTA in my CQ string - does that matter?