Set off about 09:30 having dropped XYL at her work.
In Halton Gill by 10:50.
Took usual track but at first gate was knocked over trying to open it
- very strong gust of wind. passage to summit was slow due to frequent
sudden gusts. Arrived at summit 11:30 - where’s my SOTA pole? I know
it was in rucksack because I had a comment from a farmer ‘thal catch
nowt up there’.Well I say summit - it was too windy to stay trig side
of wall so went through Horse Head Gate and turned right towards true
summit. Set base at a convenient fence pole.
Fortunately I carry a 3m pole which fits inside my rucksack this was
deployed and the doublet set up - I doubt if I could have used the big
Tuned to FE could just hear G0HNW, who was just closing with GD3YUM,
but he was only 42 a bad sign as I have never heard Paul at less than 55.
No answers to CQ on 60m.
Tried 7.065 no answers.
3.725 no answers. Of course there was no siganl on my mobile so I
couldn’t use Spotlite.
Found WAB net on 3.760 and managed to work G0BFJ and G4JZF.
Set up SlimJim on pole and raised it above wall - all four joints gave
way at same time. Slim Jim reassembled and leaned against wall a call
on S20 brought G6LKB and M3ULV, followed by G1LAT and 2E0FSR in Leeds.
Thanks for spot Stephanie but no further takers but I thought I heard
a GW station just as both antennas decided to fall down.
A brisk walk against the wind back to Halton - picking up my SOTA pole
at the fall down gate Phew!
Decided to drive home past Pen-Y-Ghent and noticed car with antenna at
usual parking spot, Signal on phone so a Sotawatch check showed
GX0OOO/P was just QSY’ing to 160 CW. Shucks no key.
Drove down road a bit and parked up - lay dipole along grass verge on
ground - tuned it as best I could (abt 4:1) and set 817 to mike key
keyer. 599 both ways - but the worst CW you have ever heard. I had
never tried this method before and the keys are far too stiff. Managed
to get my call sign right once by using both thumbs, Sorry John
Tansy loved walk and it was reasonably enjoyable in the end.