Tuesday 3rd April 2018 - The Cloud G/SP-015 - activation # one-thousand-and-something
As I got in the car, I remembered I was ill-prepared. I remembered that last time I did a night-time activation, my headtorch ran out on me, and I didn’t think I’d charged it back up in the meantime! I plugged in my phone charge cable in the car, and planned to use the SOTAbeams PhonePole unit to continue charging it from my LifePO4 battery on summit. I hoped that with being on daylight saving time, by the time I needed it, it would have enough juice.
As it was, I was only 15 minutes into activating when the headtorch battery was showing as fully-charged, so I could relax. Well sort of; the FMAC started at a thunderous pace with very high activity levels. Before that, a mountain biker rode across summit. “You know cycling isn’t allowed on here don’t you?” I called across. He replied “I am entirely aware of that but thank you for letting me know” came the sneering and dismissive response.
The footpath restoration works had progressed since my last visit, and the measures taken do appear to be successful in defining the path and keeping walkers on it rather than spreading out. The downside is that there are now some boggy sections on the route in places where there never used to be!
I took the SOTAbeams MFD for the FM hour 1800-1900z, and recorded a pleasing 49 QSOs in that time. Squares worked on FM were IO82, IO83, IO84, IO92 and IO93. At 8pm BST, I lost a few minutes while I swapped over to the SOTAbeams SB5 beam antenna, which I hadn’t had chance to build before 7pm due to running late.
In the main UKAC on 2m SSB, I made 92 QSOs. Squares worked were IO64, IO74, IO81, IO82, IO83, IO84, IO85, IO86, IO90, IO91, IO92, IO93, IO94, JO00, JO01, JO02, JO03 and IN99. I was disappointed not to find IN79 (Lizard) which was active, and suspect I missing far too many squares in the IO70s. I did hear PA (Netherlands) with a decent signal, but on someone else’s frequency. I also heard my friend and SOTA MT colleague Barry GM4TOE calling CQ, but couldn’t make my replies heard.
At the end of the contest, I change the antenna back over to the MFD and had a go on 2m C4FM (Fusion). Just one QSO was added, with Tony M0TAB in Shepshed, Leicestershire.
DXCCs: 6 - F, G, GW, GI, GD, GM.
2m FM: 49
2m SSB: 92
2m C4FM: 1