GW/NW-070 Great Orme, quick report and band conditions, Friday 10/03/2017
Imagine my frustration when I arrived at Junction 16 of the M6 Motorway, only to find it closed and a huge traffic jam, because of overnight maintenance work. This caused a 50 minute delay
Nevertheless, I managed to arrive a Great Orme at 0730. It was windy and overcast and so I was forced to work with a short antenna.
Normally, Great Orme, plus my Antron-99 and the 20m band is one of the deadliest SOTA combinations available. However, not this morning. My self spot appeared at 0754z and my first contact was at 0831z, a ground wave contact was Barry GW0BTB from Anglesy Then John MW1CFN, gave me a call at 0837.
At 0845 Vlad R6NN replied to my begging, before Christos SV2OXS, finally qualified the summit at 0853 after an hour of calling. After this, the going was slow but steady until Marco PY1SX from Brazil, popped up out of nowhere at 0912 of all times with one of the best signals of the morning.
At about 0930, I decided to try 17m which resulted in one solitary contact, Marco PY1SX again! He was much weaker but easily workable! After this, I returned to the 20m band and logged a further 6 contacts before it started to rain.
The HF bands were not easy but that’s radio for you. Under the circumstances, I suppose leaving the summit with 26 contacts in the log, can be classed as a good result.
Thanks to all the callers and good luck to all who are taking part in tomorrows event.