I had been visiting the south Bristol area and by late afternoon had done what I’d wanted. I’m slowly picking my way round summits that I’ve not been on before and Long Knoll (G/SC-007) was the nearest.
The weather was quite warm but very windy on the summit which I accessed from the east along a pleasant walk across the ridge to the trig point.
I initially started the activation on 20 metres after a self spot. Noise on the band was running at the S7 level and I had only heard a couple of others while tuning around.
First contact after a number of calls was with HA5MA, so I was radiating something. After a little lull I heard a weak Robert (G0PEB), on the Isle of Wight which must have been ground wave. Robert kindly popped on a spot for a QSY to 3.666.
Noise was even worse here running around s9 peaking S9+. I struggled to make contact with Martyn (M1MAJ), Robert and Mark (G0VOF). At least I’d managed to qualify the summit.
Just before I packed away I spotted for 7.126 and made only two additional contacts; DF1OX/MM just to the west of Corsica and Mike (LA5SAA), again with S8/9 noise.
Usually on the hills the general noise level is far lower than an urban area but today I think I experienced the worst contitions possible.
I scrapped the activation (a low number of QSOs by my standards) so I would be interested to hear how others found the bands between 1800 and 1900 bst.