Due to spending all free time making stuff I seem to have successfully dodged any winter bonus points! Ah well soon be winter again.
The YL and I go up the mountains most weekends but she isn’t really interested in radio so I don’t take the radio. Last weekend we had a beautiful day in T shirts the whole way visiting GW/SW-009, Mynydd Troed and GW/SW-015, Mynydd Llangorse on a longish loop, no radio.
However last week I received one of the Baofeng UV-82HP handhelds for 144/432MHz. I actually got it to take to the States rather than the FT-817 to activate a couple of 14,000ers in Colorado (quick and simple as in a small group sightseeing) so when the YL found us a new summit to vist and I checked it out and it’s a summit thought I’d take it up and give it a go.
Was a cracking day for walking, dry and the sun came out later and quite calm except on the summit ridge where the wind bit a bit keen but not terrible. Good 3G signal on the track and summit so spotted myself and got a contact on 145.500 quickly, moved away and had 4 QSOs in succession before it dried up! that was lucky.
Little handie with its standard rubber duck seemed to work well.
Some piccies here: