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Early morning SOTA on Gummer's How, G/LD-050


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Braving the CQ WW SSB contest today with an early-ish start (well not quite up to Mickey’s standards) I was looking at zero degrees centigrade and a 30 knot wind. I spent about 2 hours on the summit, it’s only a low one with a 25 minute walk in. Bands were weird, as was to be expected in contest conditions - 40m was wall to wall SSB, 80m was clear below 3.600, there were some stations on 20m but not enough propagation for any SOTA contacts. I had some good strong signals coming in on 80m from Belgium and I was also strong with UK stations.

It was also fairly quiet on 2m FM although I was only on the handheld so I could only realistically expect contacts to the South. Nice chat with Douggie (a font of information on Yaesu gear as always) and Sue.
Popped in to see my mate James in Stuart Sports in Windermere on the way home to get some thin fleece gloves and new thermal socks! He was doing brisk business in winter apparel as the temperatures have dived for the first in the Lake District.

I only took a few photos, available here.

Date: 27/Oct/2018 Summit: G/LD-050 (Gummer’s How) Call Used: M0NOM/P Points: 0 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
07:12z YT1HA 7MHz SSB CQWW: 015
07:15z DG7LAN/P 7MHz SSB CQWW: 014
07:34z DD5LP 7MHz SSB Thx for SOTA chase from G/LD-050 73!
07:39z ON5SWA 3.5MHz SSB Frans 100w Inv-V
07:42z ON3YB 3.5MHz SSB Thx for SOTA chase from G/LD-050 73!
07:45z G0TDM 3.5MHz SSB Thx for SOTA chase from G/LD-050 73!
07:47z M3FEH 3.5MHz SSB Thx for SOTA chase from G/LD-050 73!
07:49z MM0XPZ 3.5MHz SSB Steve Greenock
07:52z G4FGJ 3.5MHz SSB Gordon
07:55z G4TQE 3.5MHz SSB Thx for SOTA chase from G/LD-050 73!
07:56z GM4WHA 3.5MHz SSB Thx for SOTA chase from G/LD-050 73!
07:57z G4IAR 3.5MHz SSB Dave Loughborough
07:57z G8MIA 3.5MHz SSB Andy Staffordshire
07:59z ON4VT 3.5MHz SSB Thx for SOTA chase from G/LD-050 73!
08:11z G6LKB 144MHz FM Thx for SOTA chase from G/LD-050 73!
08:13z G1OHH 144MHz FM Thx for SOTA chase from G/LD-050 73!
08:15z G7CDA 144MHz FM Thx for SOTA chase from G/LD-050 73!

Nice chat with one of the local residents on the way down.

Regards, Mark. M0NOM


#2

Thanks for the contact Mark, you were a cracking signal here on 80m, as you know. Pity a few more don’t try this band…