I was out walking yesterday but did no activating (walk across hills with XYL) so to make amends I decided on a trip up SP-004 today.
The weather was sunny in Macclesfield with just a slight breeze so it looked ideal for an activation. Unfortunately, as is often the case, weather across the moors was considerably more extreme. It was windy enough at my normal parking spot to make getting the rucksack out of the car quite hard work as the wind tried to blow the car door shut. I was buffeted along on the ascent. Six people passed by on the way up. At the top there was no-one so I bagged the prime position on the seat and set up on 70cm. I have done relatively little on this band and realising that just a single activation ensures enduring fame in the Summitsbase News I thought “why not?”.
The wind was very strong at the top but the windage of the 70cm beam is minimal so it was not too hard to get on the air. A call on 432.2 immediately snagged a contact with GW8ASD who monitors the activity frequency. Further calls went unanswered so I switched to CW and called CQ in various directions. Nothing happened for a while until David 2E0DAI called me on SSB off the back of the beam. A bit of beam and frequency alignment followed and we had a pleasant chat. After that the familiar voice of John GW4BVE called in using his 2m beam. Another 59 both ways.
Sadly no further contacts were forthcoming so I switched the beam to 2m SSB. With a contest in full flow, contacts there were easy to come by and I called a few friends. By this time I was getting a bit cold. A Park Ranger arrived and we had a long chat while he ate his lunch. He was quite knowledgeable about radio - but was not a radio amateur; pleasant chap.
After packing up I walked back down and tried to find the new Cat and Fiddle webcam but I was unable to spot where it is located. I had expected it to be easy to see.
An activation to clear the cobwebs!