Thursday 3rd May 2018 - The Cloud G/SP-015
This was my first SOTA of the year without a coat - either worn or carried. I simply ambled up to the summit without any rucksack, FT70D in one fleece pocket, logbook and pencil in the other.
The main purpose of the activation was to try for the S2S with Allan G4VPX/P, who was expected around this time on St Sunday Crag G/LD-010.
On the ascent I tried to access the SOTA-LINK WIRES-X room on MB6AH Fusion node, Stoke-on-Trent. This was successful, but there wasn’t any activity in the room! The node keeper 2E0YHW heard me though, and came on for a chat, and was my first contact.
Shortly afterwards, Allan G4VPX/P called in with a surprisingly strong signal. I don’t know what antenna Allan had deployed on St Sunday Crag, but I was just using the handheld with its stock rubber duck. Signals were genuine 59 both ways. A very pleasing QSO - easily my best DX on C4FM Fusion.
So only two QSOs for the activation, as I had to rush off for a booked tutoring session in Stoke-on-Trent, but a more-than-satisfying outing nonetheless.