It seemed to be a great success, with seemingly as many activators simultaneously out as on other famous days in SOTA’s history, like the Snowdonia/Lleyn BBQ weekends, the DDQ LD & NP Youth Hostel weekends, the SP Fun Days and the Gaulfests (maybe those newer to SOTA haven’t heard of those).
I did retry an old internal 817 battery, which seemed to charge up OK, but one push of the PTT and it was dead. So no SSB for me, but the SOTA Beam was set up, and certainly made a difference. Using 2.5 watts from my Yaesu VX-7R, I made 22 contacts on 2m FM, including 5 summit-to-summits. Cloud summit was very busy with families, teenagers, model aircraft hobbyists, kite flyers, courting couples, picnickers and even two lads playing their guitars. One girl, about 12 or 13 years old approached me and said “What are you doing?”. I told her; her follow up question was “Why?”.
I think around 9 or 10 activators took part in the end, possibly more as I wasn’t monitoring SSB, and many chasers calling in from their shacks. Well done and thanks to Mike GW0DSP for inspiring a pleasant and successful evening. Tuesdays are good for me to do this, even though I can’t do the first hour.