Due to the postal strike (God bless
em)- today presented an opportunity. My employer needed to deliver a package to Carlisle, but with no postal service, I "reluctantly" agreed to deliver it (thinking I could do an activation). Initially I thought Id do a GM/SS (Wisp Hill). however this is in a cluster of 3 hills which I may do in a single day sometime, so I diverted to G/SB-004 Peel Fell on the Scottish border.
Without the advantage of reading the routes first on sotawatch, I parked on the road to the SW of the summit & headed through the forest. After 30 mins I hit a dead end & had to re-trace my steps & start again. After fighting through the trees I emerged on the open fell & headed up a steep climb to the summit.
On the summit (marked by a small cairn) I set up 10m East of the cairn. Wx was about 9C and lovely blue sky with no clouds at all. I could have stayed there all day were it not for a 4 hour drive home.
In all 40 contacts were made. 80m was by far the best band providing many inter - uk contacts & into DL as far as South DM/BW (DJ5AV) - not bad for midday!
80m ssb - 22 qso
s 60m ssb - 14 qsos
40m ssb - 4 qso
s 20m ssb - no contacts, I was spotted & did about 20 x cqs.
On the strength of todays activity, I will devote more time to 80m over the winter months. Today on 3.666 - I had s0 noise level !!
Hope to be qrv on sunday - maybe in a tropo lift on 2m :-))