Thank you for the kind words. I'd already activated Buckden Pike G/NP-009 this year so it was a non-scoring activation for me, it didn't matter if I made contacts or not. I thought I would 160m a try because it would be something different to do. I did try to be on air as early as I could as I thought 160m would be iffy.
As noted in a different thread, Marko (OH9XX) has an excellent RX (and TX!) antenna so it was definitely his side doing the heavy lifting! This is a recording I made of my QSO with Marko on 160m, warts and all -
Yes, I have attended the memorial a number of times on or near Remembrance Sunday. I take a keen interest in the past and I think it's important to remember how things were for our ancestors and how our lives are different, but also to think about events in our time. I guess it sort of feels more special if you've battled through bogs, and, more often than not, bad weather, to stand at that site and think about things for a while.
I find the phone signal is very up and down. I've found that switching the data mode to the simplest possible also gives better results, I can switch mine to 3G only which works better than allowing 4G. I do have a Vodafone SIM in an older phone, I used it on my adventure to the Isle of Coll back in July, I usually carry it my pack. I had managed to send a 'selfie' to Facebook a little earlier, so I guess a little perseverance would have paid dividends.
I hope Ignacio @EA2BD builds some coils and manages to activate on 160m, it certainly is fun to try different bands/modes and do something that is not so easy.
I don't have much choice when it to power - my FT817 is the best I can do! I have some spare LPF boards for my amplifier but I think it would be doing well if I got 10 watts out of it! Dom M1KTA has kindly pointed me in the direction of some amplifier designs, so maybe I will build an amp in the coming months.
Yes, I'd noticed the absence of G4OBK, I didn't know he was moving QTH, I guess that explains why his QRZ page said he was QRT undergoing treatment for SOTA addiction!
Yes, MG is very much a target, I had hoped to have got there by the end of August, but it didn't happen, touring the British Isles from the Hebrides to Dawlish got in the way! Once the points reset in January, it MG won't take much effort at all, although I find that January is usually awful WX wise and February is drier and colder with less wind.