The wx was too good to resist today so I alerted for 4m and 2m FM on GW/NW-044.
Arrived at the summit just before 11:00 and set up the 4m vertical on a fishing pole lashed to a fence post.
Steve GW7AAV was straight back from the initial call and kindly spotted me. Next was G7RNX in Dalton in Furness followed by MW0RHD and MW3CYU, both in Llangybi on the Lleyn Peninsula, not a good direction from NW-044.
Final call from G4ZRP on the Wirral.
Nothing else doing on 4m so down with the antenna up with the 2m vertical.
First in was MW0IDX/M followed by a string of seven callers.
The final caller, Tony G6ORS, asked if I wanted to try another band and suggested 70cm. I was using the dual band Kenwood TH-F7E but the only antenna available for that band was the rubber duck, aka dummy load!
I had been operating sitting down leaning against the fence but stood up to gain a bit more height for the antenna. I was using a fist mike so could move the rig around to get maximum signal strengh. Found an optimum spot and we exchanged reports.
I then planned on going back to 2m but was immediately called on 70cm by M3ZJF in Crewe. He was a good strong signal so I sat back down and worked him easily with the rig about 0.5m above ground.
From the same position I was then called by G0DBE in Liverpool who was very pleased to work me as I was his first ever contact on 70cm!
Next was M3UHG in Skelmersdale and finally G4NTT in Leigh.
So a totally unexpected end to the activation and apologies to anyone looking for me on 2m because it was now 12:35 and I was starting to feel chilled!