If anyone is planning a VHF/UHF activation of Grt Orme, unless you have a filter box of tricks, don’t bother. VHF/UHF is unworkable. Even Bob G6ODU, chucking 150 Watts at me just about got through the noise. I even changed antennas to see if there was any difference…none. Bob informed me there were loads of stations calling, but I couldn’t hear any of them
Only heard one other station GW3NPS/P Alan, who was not a SOTA participant and seemed to have some height. We had to qsy to the repeater to have a qso. We were joined by GW7SBO who thinks there’s been some work carried out on the Grt Orme antennas. Well whatever has happened up there, it’s not good news, bearing in mind the last time I worked 2m fm there, I found 64 contacts.
As for HF, that was pretty average after the weekends bonanza. S’pose that’s radio for you