My 900th activation in SOTA was an “on the way home from work” effort, and saw the first outing of the Magic Moggy 20m vertical antenna in 2010.
At 3.50pm on Thursday 11th March 2010, I was parking on Cloudside and removing the 70cm beam kit from my rucksack, replacing it with the MM20. On a mild and calm afternoon, I walked up the hill without donning my fleecy hat. It was donned on the summit though, which was that bit chillier in slight breeze.
20m was busy as I turned my FT-817 on, but a clear QRG was found at 14.012MHz, close enough to my alerted 14.013MHz. Unfortunately, I had allowed my phone to go out of charge, so couldn’t advise the exact QRG via Spotlite. Results were good though, with QSOs into Hungary, Russia, USA (Illinois) and Canada.
A rare dabble with the VX-7R brought in a couple of Macclesfield stations on 2m FM, followed by three from all over the North West (Bury, Tarporley and Connahs Quay) on 70cm FM. A final fling on 20m CW produced RU3AM, following which I went QRT.
Here’s to the next 100.