Having finally managed to crack NW-43 on my third attempt, I was determined to beat it’s partner across the road NW-042. This one was a big struggle for me, especially the view that faced me once I had got to the top of the first hill and expecting to find the summit cairn. It was a killer having to descend then re-ascend to the true summit and the thought of more of the same on my way back down was always at the back of my mind.
I opened up on 40 metres cw and met quite a pile up and also QRM wherever I chose to QSY, I must fit a collins cw filter to the 817!!
I could have qualified the summit on S2S contacts alone with Eric HB9IAB/P on HB/FR-031, Al DJ5AA/P on DM/SX-042, Peter ON3WAB on ON/ON-008 and John GW4BVE/P on GW/SW-031.
I ended up with a total of 43 contacts, 37 in CW and 6 in SSB, with no less than 15 DXCC’s worked… G, GW, GM, DL, F, OK, OM, ON, OH, HB9, SP, SH, RV4, YU, LX.
Thanks to all stations worked especially for the S2S contacts and also to DL8YR for spotting me.
73 Mike GW0DSP