Just a quick report on todays Lunch break activity on G/SP-017:
Have had my FT290R in the boot of the car for over a week waiting for a chance to do Billinge Hill in my Lunch break, as I am working in Haydock for a couple of months.
Parked down from TX Towers and followed the path alongside the Golf Course and strolled to Trig point.
Setting up the FT290 on the Trig Stone with internal Duracell Batteries and using it’s internal telescopic whip. I wasn’t expecting too much on 2m ssb, the radio was raised up at the front with a small block of 3"x 2" this made the antenna protrude at a 45 degree angle.
I was surprised at the calls and distance I got in the next 20 mins: Mike G4BLH in Nelson, GW1CJJ, Phil in Colwyn Bay and the best of all G0RQL, Don in Devon. 2.5 watts into a telescopic antenna and only 180 meters ASL “Amazing”
For a quick snatch during my Lunch I was very pleased to get these and two others close by.
I was going to sell the FT290 but I think I will be experimenting further from higher ASL’s soon
Thanks to all who come back to my CQ and 73 from me