Monday 6th November 2017
An hour or so to play with in-between a dental check-up, and some private tutoring in Stoke. Only one option…!
I didn’t proceed all the way to the summit. TBH, I’ve been getting a bit fed up of the constant questions recently when I’m activating in the summit area, and even more bored of my own repetitive and formulaic responses! Don’t get me wrong - I welcome the opportunity, indeed duty, to enthuse and present amateur radio - and SOTA - in a good light to the general public - but sometimes I just want to get on with some operating.
So with it being fairly mild and little or no breeze, I went over to the grassy patch near the cliff edge, on the right before the final pull up to the summit. It’s in the activation zone, about 15m lower than the summit itself. It’s a quiet spot; no-one ever comes over here! Occasionally walkers will wave at me, but usually I just get ignored!
Anyway, 20m GP antenna, FT-817, 5 watts etc etc etc:
20m CW: 12 QSOs, including S2S with EA8/G4ONL/P on EA8/FU-031, & 5 NA contacts.
20m SSB: 1 QSO
20m JT65: No success today.
2m FM: 2 QSOs - which unusually were not Pete and Anne in Heald Green!