Another appointment in North Wales at 1200 local time meant that if I left early enough, I could go via GW/NW-070 Gt. Orme, giving me the opportunity to work some DX if I was QRV early enough. So, the alarm was set for 0400 local time and I was on the road at 0445 for the 90 mile drive to Llandudno. I found myself QRV 0601z, but didnt make my first contact until 0609 courtesy of Viktor HA5LV. Next in was Dan KA9BLH from IL, followed by Peter VK3PF.
Aaah the joys of working vertical, you just don’t know what’s coming next. A mixture of VK, W and EU was finding its way into the log and this kept me busy until a big gust of wind caused two of the swaged aluminium poles to completly fail leaving the A-99 on the grass amongst a crumpled heap of poles. It was at this point I had to laugh, because there was Greg, VK8GM calling me with a 5/9 signal on an antenna that was lying on the ground in a total mess.
After a few minutes, I managed to get just one five foot pole under the antenna, however, this affected the A-99’s performance badly, so with a bit of fettling, I got another pole attached getting the A-99 up to 10 feet. I’m pleased to say, Paul VK5PAS called me and put a spot up. Then Greg VK8GM called me back and we were able to complete the contact.
I’ve stuck a temporary image of the poles at the bottom of my QRZ page if anyone is interested.
This was a somewhat interesting activation to say the least.
107 contacts logged, 16 of them VK, also Jim ZL1BP with a fine signal and some rare SOTA DX provided by a call from Mike RI1ANT, with a 15450 Km hop from Mirny Base Antarctica.
Many thanks to all the callers, for making this day a lot of fun.