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G/CE-005 Fun (?!) Evening


#1

Well I was a tad late on parade due to work but I managed to get myself set up on Wendover Woods G/CE-005 and on the air at about 1840 UTC from my “comfy” activation spot.

Things looked encouraging when, soon as I switched on the VX5, I heard Dave 2E0BYA/P on Titterstone Clee G/WB-004 on 145.425. So when he had finished his QSO I jumped in and started the evening with a S2S. A pretty easy QSO with good signals each way.

I was beaming north(ish) horizontally. Great, I thought, this is going to be easy with all these S2S QSO’s that will come rolling in.

So next I let Dave get off to SSB whilst I took the frequency to work the “pile up”… nothing!

So I went back to .500 and called for a while. This continued whilst I spun the beam a little until I ended up with a couple more QSO’s with G0FIR and G0JZE.

Then I called more… and more… and more… and then started looking for QSO’s to break into. But before I did that, I switched the beam back to vertical just in case I was missing someone.

…and I was indeed missing the clobbering my receiver was now getting from my desense source nearby. Anyway I persevered and was rewarded with a call from M3PSF in Redditch.

Having completed that QSO, I called few more times on .500 and tuned around but with no more QSO’s, I decided to call it day and avoid being locked in the Woods.

So a fun time and a “qualified” summit but having done this 3 times on 2m FM, I will be back with HF and/or 2m SSB soon to give some more far flung chasers the benefit of my local summit!

73 Marc G0AZS


#2

In reply to G0AZS:

Well I enjoyed the evening, even though I was late home and so didn’t get a chance to get out myself. I’ve just fixed up an HF PMR set (125W anywhere on 2-18MHz) and was listening to the 60m beacons on it when I saw some spots for SOTA activity on 60m. Up pops John GW4BVE/P who was a nice big signal working a few after his 2m SSB activation. After he’d worked everyone I gave him a call and he gave me 4/7. Not bad when I was using the 40m dipole on 60m, and the 40m dipole is currently laying on the lawn! Who knows how much RF was getting out but a contact was had. Magic!

Andy
MM0FMF