I notice that Karl M3FEH, had expressed an interest in seeing a report on last Fridays activation of GW/NW-070 Gt. Orme. So, there ya go Karl…
Last Friday 13th Feb, I had yet another appointment very close to Llandudno in North Wales, this meant if I left my home QTH early enough, I could make the 90 mile trip and hopefully, find some DX on the 20m band. At around 0755z I was QRV and calling CQ. First contact and indeed DX in the log was Ernie VK3DET with an easy copy, he was followed by Tony VK3CAT and Marc VK3OHM. some Europeans were logged before Peter VK4JD made the trip. Nigel VK6NI was next to find my log, immediately followed by Allen VK3HRA. Six VKs on the 20m band at this time of the year was more than I expected.
There was a good run of Europeans, including Don G0RQL.
It was getting close to the time when I needed to go QRT, in order to make my appointment. However, I just couldn’t resist a look at the 15m band. My first contact was club call 7X2ARA. Three JAs made the log all armchair copies. Chris ZL3LF replied to my CQ and we had a nice rag-chew. Chris was keen to get into the hills once a ZL Association gets up and running. Then a surprise call from Glen VK4FSCC with his QRP power was followed by my final VK contact of the morning, Ron VK3AFW. By now, I was in danger of being late for my appointment, however, I worked a few more EU contacts before being somewhat surprised to receive a call from PY7AHA at 0943z, my last call of the morning on the 15m band.
With my work visit concluded early, I decided to make a return visit to Gt. Orme and have a play on both the 2m and 10m bands. So, up went the 5/8 over 5/8 colinear, followed by a self spot and a CQ. There wasn’t too much VHF interest and in 20 minutes of calling, there were just 13 contacts in the log. Nevertheless, G, GW, EI and GM all made the trip.
It was now back to the real reason why I had made my second visit…The 10m band. So, it was a self spot for 10m SSB. My first contact was with Dow W4DOW and from then on, it was non-stop DX. Calls from, South America, Asia and North America, who were leading the stampede to get into my log book. I decided to try and split the time between 10m SSB and FM. It was bitterly cold at the summit however, the non stop calls, seemed to take my mind off it.
A rather unexpected s2s call from Don M0HCU/P, activating G/WB-004 on 10m was the only one I made all day…Thanks Don.
There were exactly 200 contacts for the activation at which point, the battery didn’t seem too happy, especially after working 10m FM for some time and so, I went qrt at around 1710z
VK x 8
PY x 2
ZL x 1
JA X 3
W x 102 (53-10m SSB), (49-10m FM)
Puerto Rica, Honduras, Saudi Arabia and Algeria
US states worked…VA, NY, NH, PA, FL, OK, IN, MA, AL, NJ, SC, KY, CT, OH, WI, MD, TN, WV, AZ, MI, NC, IL, TX, VT, WI, WA.
All HF contacts courtesy of the Antron-99.
Thanks to all the callers, for making this a very nice days radio.