This is becoming a recurring theme… Yet again apologies for a Friday MW activation that went horribly wrong.
Started well where I left off last time on MW-014, in pleasant sunshine and a light breeze, but the activation was cut short by the advance of a weather front from the West that brought gale force winds and torrential rain.
MW-039 aborted due to access issues - should have done more homework. So arrived on third planned summit, MW-018, somewhat after the alert time for the second, still in high winds and heavy rain. Worked just enough stations but gave up when the wind dismantled my antenna for me after only twenty minutes on the summit.
On arrival at the next summit - MW-015 - sat in the car for 3/4 hr watching the near-horizontal sheets of rain blowing over the windfarm and pondering the folly of announcing on the previous summit that the weather couldn’t get much worse and I’d definitely be doing it, and finally decided to call it a day…
Many thanks to those I did work, particularly Roger G0TRB who was there waiting for me on 144.310 on both summits and got things off to a quick start, G0RQL and G0ELJ who were waiting for me as well on both, GW3BV who warned me about the weather coming in from the west, and G4ASR, M0COP, G3OHC and M0EMM for just being there when I needed you!
And finally thanks and sincere apologies to Gerald G4OIG who despite recovering from recent illness took the trouble to work me on the first summit from home, then turned out onto a local hill to work me on the others only to find me not there.
I’ll be back in the MW’s before long, and I’ll get it right next time honest…
73 de Paul G4MD