I am new to SOTA; I activated my sixth summit today. So far all one point hills. Can I bother people with a few questions.
On Friday I activated Garway Hill in the Welsh Borders, a nice open hill with good views. The weather was dry but breezy. I had alerted for 2M SSB. On putting up my Sota beam on it’s fishing pole mast I was worried to find the mast bending quite alarmingly, and the beam pointing down towards the ground at an angle of about 30degrees. Also regardless of where I pointed it, the beam worked it’s way back to pointing to Bristol. My walking companion prefers to stride off over the hills (she gets cold) so I didn’t spend long trying to to sort the antenna out and instead resorted to the rubber duck. I made the four QSO necessary to qualify the hill, with more effort on the chasers part.
What do others do in such conditions? After all this is only a one point hill, and it was hardly a gale.