I have successfully activated this summit on four previous occasions with various handheld radios without any problems. However, I had experienced similar problems on the Great Orme last year.
Today we drove 330 miles from North Yorkshire to the Ponderosa and back and we tried to keep to our alerted times as best we could. We were 18 minutes late on GW/NW-042, partly because we enjoyed a bacon butty and a drink at the Ponderosa before starting our walk. We worked ten stations on 145-fm. On our second summit for the day GW/NW-043 we were bang on time and worked five stations on 145-fm. We were aware of the microwave problem and did move back down towards the Ponderosa, keeping within the activation zone and we also tried using the antenna horizonally polarised as well as trying two different handhelds.
Karen 2E0XYL had made me aware about walking further along to the actual trig point (that is lower than the summit) to try and avoid this microwave problem on a previous activation. Dave, Pete and I had a discussion about this and we did consider moving to the trig point but I ruled it out because of the time factor. I knew I had a four hour drive back home and we also needed to stop somewhere for a meal as we hadn’t eaten since our bacon butty!
I am sorry if there were chasers out there that were disappointed. We do try and do what we set out to do in our alert as we did on this occasion. However, there are times when plans have to be changed, cancelled or are unable to be modified because of the activators’ needs.
Thanks to all the stations that we did work successfully.
Nick GW4OOE/P (with Dave GW3TQQ/P and Pete MW0HQO/P)