I attempted to activate three Welsh Borders summits today.
I was due on G/WB-018 View Edge for 11:15utc, but was over 30 minutes late. My darn house boiler failed this morning and it took me a while to arrange repair. Then when I finally got to the summit, the radio decided it wanted to jump around to different frequencies, but fortunately it finally settled allowing me to operate. Then I found it difficult to make contacts, struggling to make the 4 qso’s.
Then onto G/WB-014 Burrow and by now I am 60 minutes late on my activation with the first contact at 13:45utc. This summit was easier to activate, culminating with my 6th and final qso with 2E0USV/P on The Cloud.I decided to pull the plug quickly and head off for my third summit of the day and try and get myself back to my timetable.
As I arrived at the base of G/WB-007 Heath Mynd, I found the place infested with cows. Now don’t laugh, but I am not keen on them and without someone with me to hold my hand, I decided to beat a hasty retreat back to my home qth in Craven Arms.
In conclusion then, not a great radio day, but some lovely scenery and two new Uniques for me in my fledgling SOTA quest. I can only apologise to everyone who may have been listening out for me and failed to hear me due to my late arrival or complete no show!