Another low-effort activation today. I had some work in the northern suburbs of Stoke-on-Trent, so it was a "blast from the past" time with a nip up The Cloud G/SP-015 on the way home.
There was some blue sky and the clouds didn't look too menacing as I parked up on Cloudside. It was a bit breezy, but when I put my coat on I was too warm, so I removed it and chucked it back in the car. A quick walk to the top, with VX7R handheld in one pocket of my zip fleece, and my logbook and pencil in the other.
First back to my CQ call on 2m FM was Ian G4IKP/A in Telford, and we ended up having quite a natter for ten minutes. As we were signing, I noticed a very sharp dark grey rectangle, about a quarter of a mile wide, dropping from the sky directly down onto Alsager. Further more, it was advancing towards me. The wind picked up - and I didn't have my coat with me!
I called QRZ, and worked Tony G4ERQ - ironically in Alsager - in seconds with a very "rubber stamp" QSO. The rain started to fall. I gave one more QRZ call. It wasn't answered within 3 seconds - so I switched off and began a rapid descent.
Within metres I was back out of the rain, and actually escaped the anticipated soaking.
Two QSOs on a 2m FM handheld with rubber duck. Another classic SOTA activation by M1EYP. Hoping for better weather for tomorrow night's 6m UKAC. But now - I'm off to listen to the Liam Read Show on Upload Radio - http://beta.uploadradio.com/player/wrexhamchesterliverpool/ - or on DAB across Liverpool, Chester & Wrexham.