Just to raise an extra alert for my activations tomorrow…
I’m going to be trying 4m for the first time (FM only). I’ll be running 10W (more at times maybe), so hoping to reach across Wales and into the English Midlands / north west. ETA for Glasgwm is 11:00. I’ve said 14:00 for Aran Fawddwy, but I’m a bit woolly on that as it’s also my first time on these summits.
Hope you both have success on 4m from those hills. I still have a Wouxun 4m handheld which I found to be quite effective with a slim jim on the pole when I was activating the SPs and NPs. I must remember to take it when I activate G/LD-059 later this year. Battery check required methinks!
I used to run an Ascom SE550 on 4m with the PA4DEN conversion which I ran off a 12A SLAB, but it was just more weight in the pack on top of the other kit, so I sold it for what I paid for it and bought the Wouxun straightaway before the funds could be frittered away on other things.
I see your activation alert for tomorrow is the same ETA as mine on EI/IS-038. I too have a Wouxun 4m HH (quarter wave vertical antenna) and I’ll bring it with me. Probably a long shot, but worth a try.
I could hear you today from EI/IS-038 Cush as I was packing up. You qsy’d to 70.40 and were talking to some chap in Wolverhampton. You were about s4. I tried calling but no luck. My antenna is just a centre loaded whip - I must cut my own j-pole!
I was late on both summits and failed to spot from the first one because of a very poor phone signal. Nevertheless I was pleased to find a good few chasers on 4m, plus, I think, 2 summit-to-summits. I’ll certainly be giving it some more outings, but I MUST FIND A LIGHTER BATTERY!!!
Just to note that I have alerted for another 4m activation. This time I’m planning to be on Manod Mawr, GW/NW-035, lunch time Saturday 22nd April. I hope that doesn’t put me out of range of the guys in the Midlands this time.