Welcome to Rich, 2W0LGE, from Newport who completed his first SOTA activation at Wentwood (GW/SW-033) on 5 March. Using a home-brew Slim Jim dangled off a tree he fought the interference from the nearby mast to make 8 contacts over a wide area (Bristol, Weston Super Mare, Cheltenham, Caerphilly and a S2S with Neil MW0ECX on Coity Mt SW-012). Despite the mast difficulties (I know them well - not my favourite operating spot, even with a 4 pole helical filter made by M0JLA) and having to hack away at the fallen branches to reach and photograph the trig point,he is keen to try another summit in the near future.
I didn’t witness his first activation but he told me about it when I was on Mynydd Llangorse yesterday and I found the award of his one point in the GW table so has also managed to upload the details which is another hurdle successfully cleared. Many congratulations, Rich and thanks for the contact. I look forward to our first S2S some time this year (I don’t operate from a shack). If you need any help/advice just ask on the reflector and you will be deluged with helpful answers.
Best wishes Viki M6BWA