77 Shopping Days to Xmas

A couple of years ago, I activated Gun G/SP-013 on Xmas Day in the morning. Unsure if I would even qualify it, I was most surprised to leave the summit with 95 contacts.

Last year, I activated Gun on Xmas day again and it seems to have set off a bit of a trend with a whole heap of activators going out before their Xmas lunch. Last years haul was a staggering 140 contacts including two s2s one of them with Alistair M0BKQ/P on Scafell Pike G/LD-001 of all places, the other was with Karen 2E0XYL.

I’ve spoken to Alistair at a couple of rallies and he has tells me he’s planning an activation this year. Which summit will be down to the WX but knowing Alister, it won’t be a one pointer.

I’ll be back on Gun this year (despite getting drenched last year,) only for a couple of three hours due to lunch commitments. If you have an easy local summit and can get out for just a couple of hours, I can thoroughly recommend an Xmas morning activation, which should produce plenty of contacts, some S2S and probably one of the most enjoyable activations of the year.

73 Mike

In reply to 2E0YYY:

Unfortunately for many of us Mike, a pre-Christmas lunch activation would be a divorceable offence! :frowning:

73, Gerald G4OIG

In reply to 2E0YYY:

Hi Mike

Cleared it with XYL :slight_smile: Rhodri and I will be out on either Rhos Ymryson or Hafod Ithel.


Allan GW4VPX

In reply to G4OIG:

Unfortunately for many of us Mike, a pre-Christmas lunch activation
would be a divorceable offence! :frowning:

Are you a man or a Morse, Gerald :wink:

73 Mike

Given fair weather we usually go for a bike ride while the turkey cooks; I suppose we might fit a suitable summit into the route this year. However, I have a feeling that this would all take longer than the turkey which would not be acceptable :frowning:

A Hump hwb-037 White Hill might be possible.


Set off a trend? Jumped on the bandwagon more like! There was a long history of Christmas Day SOTA activations before you had a crack at it Mike.

I used to be allowed to do Christmas Day activations. More recently I haven’t. So the future is unsure.


In reply to 2E0YYY:

Like you Mike, I am keen to get on the bandwagon. So will endeavour to get out on a hill with 2m FM/SSB as well as maybe HF to give every one a chance. It will be a hill I have already activated though as I want to keep my point scoring for the first 1000 to be exclusively VHF and UHF.

Dave M0MYA and Geoff 2E0BTR have been doing this for years and have got much enjoyment from it!

73 all

Matt G8XYJ