Arrived at the Cat and Fiddle a tad early after cocking up the alert time. Couldn’t have chosen a nicer day to activate this summit for what must be the umpteenth time this year.
The walk up was tiring because as usual, I’d taken a belt and braces approach with equipment and really weighed myself down
Anyhow, made my fist two contacts at 0759 UTC on 2m FM while looking for a rig check, then I QSY’d to SSB at 0805z. There were quite a few chasers waiting for me including Bob G6ODU, Don G0RQL and Karen 2E0XYL. A total of 14 contacts were made on SSB, before I QSY’d back to FM at 0825 UTC. Trade was brisk all day and to cut a long story short, I made another 192 contacts on 2m FM, the last one at 1736 UTC, making a grand total of 208 VHF contacts for the day.
Conditions were not the best on VHF, with no really big DX contacts. The contact with the Lincoln Shortwave Club who were repairing an antenna on the roof of Lincoln Cathedral, using just 2 Watts from their handy was quite amusing.
FT-857 using between 5 and 7 Watts.
X-300 collinear antenna fed with 25 ft of RG213, perched on top of 3 x 5ft alumimium poles.
20Ah SLAB (virtually exhausted at the end of the activation.)
Many thanks to all the chasers and to the people who read the alert and got on their rigs to help get the total to over 200 contacts.
BTW, I’m not sure which was harder, getting the contacts or logging them onto the Database.