The wx is looking fine for Sunday afternoon so I am planning on indulging in my four favourite pastimes: (in no particular order!) Hill walking, SOTA, playing amateur radio and playing with military radio equipment.
I have operated from there before using my Clansman PRC-351 running 4W into its own 1.2m whip antenna with contacts made on 4m and 6m (radio covers from 30 to 76MHz in 25kHz steps).
On Sunday I want to experiment with my PRC-352 which is the '351 with a strap on 20W amplifier. I will also be using a ground spike antenna to test out how effective it is (or not!). As the name suggests it consists of a short spike pushed into the ground to which is attached a matching unit into which two, three or four element rods are placed depending on the frequency being used.
The idea is that the antenna can be placed in an exposed position but the radio can be operated from a sheltered location.
I appreciate that not everyone has equipment for 4m but in the past I have always been fortunate with contacts on this band whenever I have been /P.
I would ideally like to make a few contacts on 6m but cannot call on the ‘official’ calling channel of 51.51MHz so I normally operate on 51.55MHz, so if anyone would like to make a sked for this band please let me know.
I will have a 2m/70cm handie with me so hopefully an obliging chaser will be able to spot my progress via contacts on one of these bands.
Best wishes to all,
P.S. Will be away from the keyboard now until Saturday evening.