A break in the weather in the early evening and the local weather forecast predicting rain on Friday found me looking at my rucksack already packed in the hall. I made a snap decision to go for Gun and remain dry instead of hoping for dry weather at Hope Mountain . Gun is a local hill and so I know it well, thus I packed Wellington Boots (what are they called in France wonder?).
A quick drive and I was there. Some blue sky and sun on the distant Cheshire Plain. Walked in along the “path” which was more like a stream in places, good call on the boots.
Set up at the trig using it to support the pole and 2m beam. FT817 + 30W pa. First call resulted in Graham JZF’s reply. Had a pleasant chat followed by a few more contacts. Best DX Don G0RQL. Most contacts were in the Midlands. 2E0HJD was weaker than expected and did not sound out of breath despite running up the stairs. Those CW spots must be increasing his fitness greatly.
Left in twilight at around 2100z. Thought about a pint on the way back but in the end did not bother. A pleasant trip - but quite slow going compared to the usual HF CW pile-ups. Still easily qualified the hill. Quite enjoyed SSB - wonder why more people don’t use it?