In reply to GW4BVE:
Congratulations indeed to Robert & Carolyn on the first VP8 Summit to Summit QSO. If I had been 15 minutes earlier to my parking spot on at Jeffrey Hill I would have set off for the activation zone of G/SP-014 Longridge Fell & could have been S2S No.1 myself, or at least No.2.
As it happened I decided to stay by the road in order to be on the air early enough to work Helen DL/M0YHB/P on DM/BW-008.
In any case I think Carolyn is far more deserving of the first VP8 S2S than me, & she is much prettier too
I listened from home on Wednesday evening but Robert was barely breaking through the noise at my home QTH, so after noticing the alert for Thursday evenings activation I left work a little early. After a mad dash home & a quick change I made a dipole for 20m & headed for Jeffrey Hill with my FT897D & a 7Ah Slab.
I was monitoring 18.152 for some time & about 10 minutes before the alerted time heard John GW4BVE calling Robert. After a couple of calls Robert answered & had a nice unhurried chat with John. I was hoping to work Robert before a spot went up & the inevitable pileup followed, but it was not to be & I had to compete with the beam + Linear stations. Eventually I did get through on 17m & told Robert I would listen for him later on 20m.
It was very nice to hear the S2S & also several regular SOTA chasers getting through
When Robert announced he was QSY’ing to 14.432 I was there in seconds & for a minute or so there was only the static crashes to listen to. After that it was quite amusing to hear a gradually increasing number of linears from around Europe being tuned up in preparation HI!
After a couple of minutes I heard Robert calling John GW4BVE & he was stroinger this time, up to 56 with me. He remembered that I said I would be listening & asked if I was on the frequency as he was finishing working John, but I did not manage to make myslef heard at that time. Fortunately, after working a few callers after he had been spotted he asked again if I was on the frequency & this time I got though to work him on 20m as well as 17m.
It is quite rare for me to be on the radio in the evenings, & unheard of for me to actually go out to do some chasing. Maybe it was the the rarity of a VP8 activation & one that I had a chance of working that tempted me
Thanks to John for the alerts & a big Thank you to Robert for the new & very rare summit
I have upoaded some video I took on Thursday evening of my location & the reception I enjoyed. It was definitely worth going portable for this one!