In the last week, I’ve driven around the UK with my daughter looking at universities and have been lucky enough to activate peaks in Scotland and Wales along the way. Tomorrow morning, we will visit the University of Exeter and then head back towards London. It looks like G/DC-005, Christ Cross, is more or less along the way and does not appear to be technically challenging, so I would like to fit it into the itinerary, probably around or a bit after noon local time.
I will start with VHF. I have an after-market whip antenna for 2m and 70m, but nothing directional. Digging through my luggage, I also discovered the rubber duck antenna that comes with the FT817. That antenna gets poor reviews, but it works so-so on 6m. According to the database, this peak has never been worked on 6m, so I’ll give it a try. My preferred mode is CW and I will give that a try although I anticipate that it will be awkward trying to support the radio vertically, while using my palm paddles magnetically attached to the case of the radio. I’ll manage. I will also try on voice. Hopefully, I will be able to self-spot.
If I have four calls logged and we are pressed, I may continue back to London, but if we have time I would like to set up a telescoping mast and run up the 40/20/10m end-fed antenna, again on cw and voice.
Hope someone hears me. I would like to be able to say that I activated MM/, MW/, and M/ all in one trip.