After making the the thoroughly depressing, almost two hour journey from Stoke-on-Trent, I arrived at an empty car park. Stepping out of the nice warm car and feeling the blast of ice cold wind didn`t make me feel any better, either. Ah well, onward and upward as they say. Loaded up with the 857, 22Ah SLAB, triple 5/8 colinear, swaged poles and all the other various garbage, it took me about 15 minutes to reach the trig.
About 20 minutes later, the colinear was in the air and I put out a CQ on 145.500. First out of the trap was Matt G8XYJ, my first radio contact of 2013. Matt duly spotted me and I got to work the chasers. Let me say, 2m was not as busy as normal. No doubt plenty of hams preferring a duvet day instead of radio, after the new years eve revelry!
At about midday, I decided to QSY to 20m and once again, Matt G8XYJ came to the rescue and spotted me. G1STQ was supposed to spot me, but of course, he went on the missing list
If 2m was quieter than normal, 20m most certainly was not. Within a couple of minutes I was in the middle of a big pile-up. There were calls coming in from all over the place. Barry N1EU was one of the first in, with a huge signal as was Rich N4EX. The pile-up rumbled on and every so often, I had to ask for calls outside of EU in order to give the DX chasers a chance. Plenty of Stateside chasers were soon in the log, all armchair copies with probably one exception.
Anyhow, the pile-up lasted about 90 minutes in which time a 144 calls were logged. A quick switch to 15m produced just 3 calls, 2 Stateside and a nice contact with SU, certainly not one I’ve worked on a SOTA activation before. By now it was getting chilly, so a few more 2m calls logged before packing up.
Great days radio. Nice to have Carolyn G6WRW/P, join me on the summit working the 5 meg and 40m bands.
Just when you think SOTA can’t get any better, another rabbit appears from the hat!
Big thanks to all the chasers, especially Stateside for showing so much patience
232 stations worked…
85 on 2m FM,
144 on 20m SSB
3 on 15m SSB
73 and HNY