Wendover Woods is actually more accurate for my activation today. For I wasn’t on Haddington Hill, but on the adjacent Aston Hill, which is easily within the AZ.
I enjoyed my chats on 2m FM today, especially the last one as I approached the Isle of Sheppey. I worked Kevin G0PEK, SOTA/WOTA activator and father of the famous Lauren 2E0HLR - congratulations on the Intermediate!
There’s some issue with my Palm Cube. Each activation when I get it out of the bag it seems to be sending ridiculously fast, and no resetting of the low/high speeds, calibration or even full reset doesn’t change it. It sometimes starts behaving correctly after a few minutes. But not today, so I have separated all the bits in case some moisture has got in and it needs an airing.
So, it was 20m SSB today. George N1GB came straight back to the first call, but then I was struggling. I answered CQ calls from CT7AEQ and an EA9 which was nice. I tried some calls on 2m FM with the handheld but wasn’t surprised not to be answered, even though there was some activity about.
I gave the CW another try, and while it was still too fast, it was manageable, and a US station gave me my qualification.
Then a 90 mile drive onto my gig. I write this from possibly the coldest dressing room ever - brrr!