Long time listener, first time caller here…
Today I attempted my very first SOTA activation, G/SE-005 Botley Hill.
I dropped my fiancée off nearby to go wedding dress shopping with her friends. Needing to make myself scarce for a couple of hours provided what I thought would be the perfect opportunity to head over to Botley Hill and test out my kit on an easy summit before heading out anywhere more adventurous.
I parked at the local pub after discovering that the Titsey Hill car park was temporarily closed for forestry works, then headed for the South Downs Way.
Things were looking good at first; the rain even started to let up a bit. I found a nice spot to set up my elecraft KX2 and assembled my wonder loop antenna. I switched on the radio, tuned up the antenna and then… Ring ring “can you come and pick us up please?”
The shopping trip was shorter than expected. I had screwed up my timing.
I packed up my HF gear and fired up my handheld in the hope of making some 2m FM contacts while walking back to the car. Sadly the gods of the airwaves were not feeling kind and I got back on the road without making a single contact.
Oh well… I’m discouraged and will be sure to try again in the coming weeks.