After a few months unable to do any strenuous walking due to injury and after trying G/SP-004 last week, I decided to activate Pendle Hill G/SP-005 today.
I decided to pack light and try the Wonder-Wand whip with tuneable counterpoise and the FT-817… more on that later.
As I had plenty of time I decided to walk from the village of Barley, rather than driving further up the hill beyond the village.
The car park in the village now charges, I seem to recall on previous visits that is was a honesty box system. Anyway £3.00 for all day parking.
The walk starts with an amusing sign from a local farmer:
And it’s not long before the hill comes into view:
Decision time; to the left the longer but less steep path, to the right the steep but short path. Feeling brave I opted for the latter
After a bit of a slog I reached the activation zone and set up on the handy stone bench sheltered by the wall
After disturbing some wildlife…
The station was set up:
Nice views from my operating position:
I spotted myself on 20m and called CQ but - nothing. It was just the same on 40m. I tried both several times but still no chasers. I hadn’t expected great things from the Wonder-Wand antenna, and it certainly met my expectations!.
Thank goodness for 2m FM!
8 contacts made including 6 S-S!
MW0MZB/p on GW/NW-028
GW4VPX/p on GW/NW-002
G4TJC/p on G/SP-011
M0WML/p on G/NP-018
and finally just as I was packing up:
MW0MZB/p again this time on G/NW-013
I headed over to the trig point before heading down again:
This time via the longer less steep path and following the stream back into the village
where I treated myself
and noted the recycling of old wellington boots
A good day out, sorry to all the chasers who may have been listening after my multiple spots on HF, I shall revert to the linked dipole and fishing pole!
73, Al, M1FHM