Well what can I say!
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing goes right?
I had planned to activate a couple of hills today maybe even three. I got out of bed on time (for once). While packing the last of the gear in the rucksack my porridge (with salt) boiled over in the microwave, had to clean that up before her indoors seen it.
Left the house at 06:25 for the 114 mile drive, the drive was ok, a few icy patches. Reached the parking spot and was greeted by one of the forestry workers warning me that one of their vans was broken into while parked there a week before. I chanced it.
Reached the summit after wading most of the way through knee deep snow and drifts up to four feet deep. As the few that have been up this hill there ain’t much shelter so I went back to the tree line. Then while climbing over the wall/fence combo which was nearly completely covered in snow I ripped a three inch gash down one of my gaiters. Less than a year old too - is that covered in the guarantee?
Having set up the SOTA shack I noticed that the FT817 was only showing 9.7v, did I connect the battery to the radio? Yes! Unplugged and plugged back in, still the same. Checked the LiPo battery and cell one was reading 3.51v, cell two read 4.47v and cell three only 2.73v - damn. I was only getting 2.5 watts from the radio so I gave it a go anyway. 2m FM was a no show - not a thing. Next I gave 20m a go thinking I would have a better chance here. Self spotted and William W4ZV came back very quickly. I heard a couple of EA stations calling but they couldn’t hear me.
I then broke one of the legs on the 20m inverted vee so quickly through up the 40m vee and then the battery failed completely as soon as I self spotted.
So needless to say I gave up and just felt like walking away and leaving the whole lot where it was for the next activator to find - but I didn’t, I just said a few choice words (enter your own variation in here) and descended back to the car - which was still in one piece.
So one happy and lucky chaser today and one unhappy and not so lucky activator.
Sorry if you were hoping to grab a few points but lives a ditch then you fall in one.
73 Neil 2M0NCM