Just like to say thanks to everyone who called in to my activations of NS-088 and NS-099 yesterday. The weather and ground conditions were pretty challenging and took their toll, and particularly on the second summit my operating may not have been exemplary :-s
NS-088 had the benefit of good 3G coverage, so I was able to place spots with ease (having first tried Andy’s SMS spotting facility without success - must check what I’m doing wrong…) Was particularly chuffed to get Andy as first in the log with an S2S 60m brought six contacts, G4OBK sadly being the one that got away. A change to 80m brought nothing at all, though I was gratified to hear when I moved to 40m that there were plenty of chasers listening for me. 40m yielded 12 contacts with familiar calls and the only continental station of the expedition, EA2TW.
NS-099 despite the EE coverage map did not have the benefit of any internet capability, at least in the sheltered spot I found for myself on the summit. (ironically as I began my descent, 50m below the summit I found ample 3G ) I was thus very grateful to be found on 60m by Mark 'VOF and spotted, which brought a run of a dozen contacts including a S2S with Esther G0AZA/P. This was no time for flogging dead horses, so I moved straight to 40m. I could just about with a bit of imagination hear Esther calling CQ SOTA on 7.118, but not enough to warrant a call so I moved down to 7.112 and called there. When after 10 minutes calling I’d had no response and feeling increasingly cold I knocked it on the head and packed up for the long walk out. I don’t like doing 60m-only activations these days, doesn’t seem quite like cricket especially from a “rare” summit so apologies for the lack of persistence on this occasion.
Remote this pair certainly are, no surprise they were amongst the few GM summits previously unactivated. I’m not expecting to get them as completes in the near future…
73 de Paul G4MD