This morning was to be my third visit to G/SP-004 in five days. The first visit on Monday ended before even it started, with equipment failure. The second was on Tuesday evening with Rob G7LAS, when I accompanied him in the 2m UKAC, whereupon, we were nearly blown off the summit. The third visit was this morning, to see if I coulid work a summit to summit contact with Andrew VK1AD and Andrew VK1MBE.
When I pulled up at the parking spot, I took one look at the conditions and knew there wasn't going to be an activation from Shining Tor. Rain, wind and low cloud also meant there was no phone or Internet either. It was a toss-up between abandoning the activation or heading for lower territory. In the end, I decided to lose 600 feet of elevation and make the approximate 12 mile journey back to G/SP-013 Gun. There was less wind and not much cloud on Gun, however, the constant rain was something of an inconvience.
As usual, the Antron was bungeed into the hawthorn tree. I took a listen along the 20m band, finding activity very quiet, however, there were tremendous static crashes one after the other. My self spot and CQ at 0600z went unanswered for about 15 minutes. Then I noticed a spot for Andrew VK1AD up on VK1/AC-040, Mt Ainslie. Andrew was weak but workable, with the QSB doing its best to spoil the contact. Nevertheless, signal reports were exchanged and we agreed to have another try later.
I worked a couple of Europeans, before Rick VK4RF popped up with a nice signal, It's good to see Rick chasing the Activators because VK4 is usually not easy to find from a summit. Alex RV9UCN called in from the depths of Asiatic Russia. Steve VK4KUS who is not a SOTA chaser, but a WWFF chaser, was next with a lovely signal, giving us the opportunity for nice rag chew. Raif 4O3RR from Montenegro was next, then a couple more Ukraine stations were worked before Andrew VK1AD came back to my CQ, only this time with an easy copy. Once we finished our chat, Andrew VK1MBE called from VK1/AC-043, Mt Stromlo, for my second s2s of the morning, once again Andrew was an easy copy. Thanks Guys...
By now, I was pretty much soaked and so, I pulled the plug.
The 20m band conditions were much tougher than I anticipated with just 13 contacts logged. The log book finished up not far short of papier mâché, nevertheless, a nice mornings radio,
Thanks to all the callers.