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Summits to cross off my list for a re-visit


#1

Great Orme GW/NW-070
I love the Orme, walked on it many times, cycled around the Marine Drive lots of times, I’ve even searched it looking for missing persons in the middle of the night (Mountain Rescue). But, I won’t be back with my 2m FM set again.

Drove me dotty.

Just about managed five contacts, thanks to those that persevered through the QRM. Sorry to those who may have been calling me, I couldn’t manage to make contact with anyone else.

73
Gerald
2W0GDA


#2

In reply to 2W0GDA:
Sounds like my experiences of Burton Hill G/WB-020 Gerald! Still at least you qualified, the easier way to combat RF noise is (if you have an 817) go horizontal and run 2m SSB.

Anyway back to Burton Hill!

I have walked it one way and found it hard work! Then 3 years later thought I would try it another way and this was worse!

Once you’re at the summit you have the fantastic prospect of no views caused by a shed load of trees!

One I will not be repeating!!!

Any other people got candidates for the “no repeat summits”

73 all

Matt G7XYJ


#3

For 2m from the Orme, try using a Yagi (eg a SOTA Beam). Try having it horizontally polarised. Try an FT-817 or other portable rig, rather than a HT, has a bit more immunity to the rubbish. Try SSB.

Or do it the easy way - HF CW.

But it can be done quite well on VHF if you have the right gear and configurations.

For example: http://tomread.co.uk/great_orme_2004.htm

I think, from memory, that the bank on the opposite side of the road from the cafe is within the AZ, so that might be a better spot to get away from the mush. But as you can see on the photo on my webpage, you don’t need to be that far away if you have an 817 and beam. It can be at least bearable, and no difficulty in making the contacts.

Tom M1EYP


#4

In reply to G8XYJ/G7XYJ(?):

Any other people got candidates for the “no repeat summits”?

Yeah, have had many over the years. Usually gone back on my word and done them again though…!

Never say never, but, at the bottom of my to-do-again list are:

Sighty Crag G/SB-005
Winter Hill G/SP-010
Crowborough G/SE-007
Carnmenellis G/DC-006
Mellbreak G/LD-036
Wendover Woods G/CE-005

Tom M1EYP


#5

In reply to 2W0GDA:

Great Orme GW/NW-070
I love the Orme, walked on it many times, cycled around the Marine
Drive lots of times, I’ve even searched it looking for missing persons
in the middle of the night (Mountain Rescue). But, I won’t be back
with my 2m FM set again.

Drove me dotty.

Just about managed five contacts, thanks to those that persevered
through the QRM. Sorry to those who may have been calling me, I
couldn’t manage to make contact with anyone else.

Hi Gerald,

A slight change of position away from the trig point and working with an FT-817 or better still, an FT-857 will produce a hat full of contacts on 2m FM and a vertical.

However, the real gold mine is to be found working HF from here. This summit has produced some exceptional DX.

Im in North Wales as regular as clockwork. If you wish to drop me an email (detais on qrz.com) and let me know when youre free to activate Grt Orme again, I’ll be happy to meet you there with the VHF/HF equipment. Sunday is nearly always a bad for me.

73 Mike
2E0YYY


#6

In reply to 2E0YYY:
I will take you up on that! Thanks.

I’ll be in touch.

73
Gerald
2W0GDA


#7

The Hall of Shame - Gallery of Ugly Summits

http://tomread.co.uk/billinge_hill_2009.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/dundry_down_2008.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/christ_cross_2004.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/bishop_wilton_wold_2004.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/divis.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/great.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/brown_clee_hill_2003.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/ruardean_hill_2005.htm

I guess it is kind of tragic that I have activated all of these rotters two or more times…

Tom M1EYP


#8

In reply to M1EYP:

Better an activation on a rubbish hill than no activation at all!

73

Brian G8ADD

PS Just back from walking the dog in ankle-deep snow: fresh snow gives even the most pedestrian of hills a sort of glamour!


#9

In reply to M1EYP:

The Hall of Shame - Gallery of Ugly Summits

tomread.co.uk/brown_clee_hill_2003.htm

Our experience of this one late last year was that after Santina (M6TTR) and I had got three each the 817 threw a wobbly I switched to my Wouxun handie and got S9+ of data bursts on 2Mtrs just and only just managed to get the fourth contact for both of us. Noticed the same thing last weekend those chinese rigs have a front end as open as the proverial barn door!

Peter
G1FOA