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Activation of G/WB-021

On Monday 1st April I had a successful 5 mHz activation of Ruardean Hill with 9 contacts. Thats all that need be reported of an activation where the car is visible from the summit, however somebody asked me if I was going to do any more bands. I replied in the negative as it was a spur of the moment thing, seeing the sign for Ruardean as we drove back from Ross to the campsite with a replacement airbed. However, after taking down the W3EDP antenna I thought “Why not!” as I had the 2 metre dipole in the rucsac. However, when I set up for 2 metres the FM calling channel and some channels each side of it were blocked by an S9++ noise sounding like a two stroke engine. It wasn’t worth trying to get through that so I packed up and returned to the car. Out of curiosity I tuned to the FM calling channel from the car and listened as we drove off to the SE. The noise was audible for something like a kilometre from the summit village before I switched off to start navigating.

Has anybody else heard this racket on Ruardean Hill?

73

Brian G8ADD

Never had this when ive been up there

73
Matt M3WDS

In reply to M3WDS:

Come to think of it, Matt, it wasn’t there last time I did the summit, either. I’ll be in the Forest of Dean again in the autumn, I’ll listen for it again.

73

Brian G8ADD