Apologies to John (G0TDM), Geoff (G6MZX) and anyone else who was waiting to call me on the summit of Buachaille Etive Mor this afternoon.
When I first arrived on the summit and started setting up the VHF antenna a passing walker did say to me “You do know there is lightening forecast for this afternoon?” We both agreed that it looked extremely unlikely and I carried on working stations on 2 metres.
After drawing a blank on 6 metres, I set up the 5 MHz dipole successfully worked 5 stations despite many static crashes and splatter from what I assume to have been a fishphone. While trying to get a signal report to G0TDM I noticed a heavy looking shower just to the east which had appeared from nowhere. Suddenly the meter on the FT-817 went to 9+ and I realised that the hissing sound of the SOTA pole was actually louder than the radio. At that point I looked over to a walker who had just arrived at the summit; her hair which was 30+ cm long was all standing vertically. (I don’t have enough hair to see the effect!!!) It was time to kick the base of the SOTA pole to get everything on the ground immediately and stay low. I waited for about 15 minutes but although there was never any rain at the summit, as soon as I tried the raise the pole off the ground it started hissing. Time to call it a day!
I was hoping to get onto a summit during the backpacker contest tomorrow but the forecast isn’t looking promising. Looks like more of the same!
73s Robin. GM7PKT