Thanks to everyone that replied to my and Carolyn’s (G6WRW) calls from Seager Hill (G/WB-022), Aconbury Hill (G/WB-024) and Garway Hill (G/WB-013). These were my first set of activations on HF and we had lots fun full of contacts: Carolyn had 54 on 60 metres (with a summit to summit) and 14 on 40 metres, while I had 45 on 80 metres. She used a modified FT817 and I used a FT897, both with a home-brew inverted-V.
After seeing the weather forecast we decided it would be safer to head south and avoid the rain over north Wales. Carolyn only had 6 more summits to complete WB with three of those towards Hereford so that was the way we went. I apologise for confusing everyone with a spot rather than an alert when we were driving down; I thought it strange that I could not put in a time or multiple frequencies but I am not a morning person!
Arriving at the base of Seager Hill we had a steep then muddy walk up the footpath to the trig point. There were great views all around to Titterstone Clee Hill, Abberley Hill and the Malverns with dark clouds travelling south-east from the direction of Snowdonia. Having set up the antenna (and realising after starting that we had the legs confused), Carolyn called on 60 metres. An hour later, after the contacts for both of us had dried up, we headed back down the hill and on to Aconbury Hill. The path here was muddy in places but it was a nice gentle gradient all the way to the trig point. Lots of dog walkers around but we managed to set up the antenna in the small clearing just off the path. Another busy session ensued and again we spoke to all that called; I even had to continue on 80 metres after we asked for a spot for Carolyn on 40 metres when it went quiet.
We decided at this point that we had just enough time to get back to the camper, drive to Garway Hill, get to the summit and activate it before it got dark. We had some trouble deciding where to park and which was the best approach but found the start of the road up to the transmitter and on to brick structure at the top. By the way, this was the base of a test transmitter during the war (see http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/101847), so it is apt that it is now a summit we all head up to play radio. Sorry if we were terse, but we wanted to get everyone before it got dark and I think we managed it. Lots of fun (if a bit windy and exposed) and we made it back to the camper before the darkness took hold.
Thanks again to all the chasers and hope to see you all on a another hill and HF band soon,