That was fun!
The Cloud G/SP-015 - Tuesday 6th February 2018
Several hours of light snow in East Cheshire meant that there was a good covering of a couple of inches all over the hill. The air temperature was -2, but the “feels like” temperature (according to the Met Office) was -13 - so I made sure I remained as sheltered as possible!
For the FMAC and its silly new omni/vert rule for the QRP section, I simply used the SB5 with just the driven element - ie no director or reflector elements. Thus in practice it became a knd of MFD. 30 QSOs were made on FM in that first hour, though some of it was lost as I started to prepare the rest of the beam in readiness for the UKAC at 8pm.
It was a lovely and indeed relevant surprise to be called by Paul G4MD/P. Lovely, as Paul is a jolly nice bloke, and I had no idea he was back working up this way again. Relevant, as Paul was the person who first proposed the idea of a Tuesday night SOTA Fun Evening!
I made a total of 111 QSOs on 2m - 30 on FM and 81 on SSB. Activity was really good with well over 300 stations on, though conditions were not that great at all.
Packing up in the brutal cold at 10.30pm was not all that enjoyable, and I was glad to be in my stride walking down the hill, and even gladder to be in my car with the heater on a few minutes later!