Sunday 14th July 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015
Gig: Biscuit Brothers ft. Liam Read & Bandeoke
Venue: Broken Cross Club, Macclesfield
Afternoon gig, so I had a very restricted time window to nip out and get a walk/activation in during the morning. Especially after getting up late following a rotten night’s sleep.
It was deathly quiet on 2m FM - but this was to bring about an unexpected bonus. Just one contact - G1PHN from Cleehill - was made on the analogue mode.
In desperation / exasperation, I QSYd down to 144.6125MHz - the nominal C4FM centre of activity QRG.
To my astonishment, there was a loud and clear station chatting away. The display on my Yaesu FT70D told me it was G6PJZ. I then heard mention of SOTA - this was an activation in progress!
Andy G6PJZ/P was on Old Man of Coniston G/LD-013 - and despite only having the rubber duck at my end, a C4FM Fusion S2S QSO was made easily.
Andy had done really well and actually managed to qualify his summit on Fusion. I had no such luck and had to call it a day on two contacts - but the second was a belter!
So to the milestone. That afternoon’s gig was actually for my own party - to celebrate the Silver Wedding Anniversary of my XYL Marianne and myself.
It was a fantastic occasion with all our friends old and new, work colleagues old and new, family (mainly old) and, as usual for one of my events, a licensed amateur/SOTA activator count into double figures.
It was a little bit amazing when I reflected on 25 years of marriage and realised I’d spent over 17 of them doing SOTA!