Sunday 3rd December 2017
The ‘chief whip’ of our contest group had been ‘encouraging’ members to get on air in the 2m AFS event. A Sunday night gig in Blackpool ruled a full effort out of the question, but I got on for the first couple of hours from The Cloud G/SP-015.
I was fully set up in good time, so began with some ‘normal’ SOTAing ahead of the AFS period. It was nice to catch SOTA stalwart of previous years Tony G1JPV as a result.
Around 1000z, some pretty persistent rain started, so I got inside the bothy bag. It was amusing for the next half hour, eavesdropping on families walking by: “What is it?”, “That’s new since last time” and “I think there’s someone in there” among the remarks heard.
Around midday, I pulled the plug and packed up. 51 contacts made - 49 on 2m SSB and 2 on 2m CW. Just G, GW and GM worked, although good signals were noted from F and PA. Squares worked: IO74, 80, 81, 82, 83, 91, 92, 93, JO00, 01 & 02.
I write this over a late lunch at Rivington Poke Services M61, nestling underneath G/SP-010. 6" sub + coffee = £3 - bargain - for a motorway services! Now onto Blackpool to play some nice minims.