After a reasonable days chasing, things were quietening down and the wx looked perfect, so I made a snap decision to bite my bottom lip and forfeit the third unique offered by Peter G3TJE/P and go for it.
There was method in my madness though, a devious plan was afoot.
I have been helping Steve GW7AAV with the dreaded dots and dashes and made a bet with our local amateur gang while out for a meal one evening, that I could get Steve up to speed and that he would earn a sota point or points using cw, by the end of April.
The bet, each member of our group was to buy me a pint on our next restaurant visit, if Steve made it in the stated time.
They should have known better.
Since activating Great Orme GW/NW-070 with Steve GW7AAV, I have been chomping at the bit to have another go on one of the “easy” summits.
I had been up at hope mountain earlier in the year, to test antennae but couldn’t gain access to the AZ via the farm because of the deep mud, so I decided to attempt it in the better weather.
I noticed that Richard G3CWI had put a tip on the summit info page, suggesting easier access from the radio station side of the summit, this was the route I took.
yesterday, unknown to a few, Steve held his first cw contact with me on air on 145.025 and it was then that the plan was hatched, that I would activate from Hope Mountain when wx allowed and contact Steve on the same frequency on cw as my first contact towards qualifying the summit.
He did it with flying colours, both sending and receiving qrs.
Congratulations Steve on your first cw sota point.
After the cw, I called Steve on 70cms FM and asked him to spot me so I could qualify the summit on 2FM, at this point Mike M1DAP called me and number 2 was in the log, this was going to be easy, or so I thought.
After my initial cq call and qsy to s19, my 817 was totally desensed by the radio masts near the summit and I had no option but to move. I must have looked very odd carrying my still extended pole and dipole across the field below the trig.
I called cq again from the new location and was greeted again with desensing and thought at this point that I might not qualify the summit, luckily though the desensing was in bursts and I was greeted by a string of regulars headed by Graham G4JZF. Mike G4BLH was next in the log and I had qualified the summit.
Thanks to everyone for the contacts and apologies for the difficulties due to the masts. I intend to do this summit again in the near future on 5Mhz ssb and 7Mhz cw.
GW7AAV, M1DAP, G4JZF, G4BLH, M3PUE, 2E0HJD, G0HIK, G4ZRP, G4VUK/M, G0NES, GW0WTT, G3CWI, M3JAO, M3IHC, G6LKB/M, M3PRY, M0IGG.
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