Saturday 13th May 2017 and I had the urge to vary the frequency and wavelength by a scale of magnitude from the previous activation. 5MHz is a band I had paid very little attention to, despite holding an NoV back to its early days.
Well I did a 5MHz activation on The Cloud G/SP-015, and very pleasant it was too. I started off on 5262kHz CW, working 5 chasers, then had a further 9 QSOs on 5403.5kHz USB. The last of these was a S2S with Barry MW0IML/P on Sugar Loaf GW/SW-011.
I then completed my activation with 7 QSOs on 2m FM using the HT.
Driving down the road I could hear Mike 2E0YYY/P calling from Walton Hill G/CE-002. I called a few times, but didn't get through. So I drove up to Mow Cop, the Cheshire village that sits atop a submarilyn, with several different spots for great take-off in different directions. I chose the car park for the Mow Cop Inn, for best coverage to the south.
My 50 watts from the Yaesu FT-8800 mobile transceiver didn't get a reaction from Mike, although Bert M0EOT, just along the same ridge from me got in no problem. A chaser in the West Midlands told me I was a 59 signal with him, as did another down in Herefordshire. Both stations, like Bert before, were heard telling Mike on-air that I was calling him, but Mike replied "can't hear him" to all three.
I tried a couple more times before I had to admit another failure and get back to Macclesfield. I needed to drop Liam off in Hurdsfield for a McDonalds outing with his mate. Meanwhile, Jimmy and I went for something a little more palatable at the superb new Sri Lankan cafe/restaurant in Macclesfield - "Portobello Macc".
I was very pleased with 60m today, and think now that this will be the HF band of choice for the upcoming Northern Ireland and North Wales SOTA trips.