Arrived at the Shining Tor trig point early, hoping to get a couple os S2S on the zoo that is the 20m band. Seemed to take an age to get everything set up, however, after faffing about for half an hour, got X-300 collinear and the 6m fishing pole assembled. Then went looking for the S2s on 20m and found nowt. Spotted my self on 20m and found Karen 2E0XYL and 9A7W.
While I was transmitting, I noticed the voltage drop on the 20Ah SLAB, was a bit more than usual. Anyway, QSY’d to 2m SSB and made 13 quick contacts. Then QSY’d to 2m FM and and plodded on through the morning watching the voltage drop even further than normal. I really wanted to try some HF before the battery went into free fall so QSY’d to 17m through 10m. Eventually found PY7RP calling CQ on the 12m band and was beaten to the punch by a French and a German station.
The Brazillian station came back to me on my third attempt and asked if I was having trouble with my power supply as my audio was poor? I tried to explain, but with the battery down to about 9V with a load, it wasn’t too easy.
I then went back to 2m FM and conected the Wouxun handie to the collinear and finished off the activation.
The total…2 contacts on 10m, 1 contact on 12m, 13 contacts on 2m SSB and 133 contacts on 2m FM making 149 contacts on the day. Included were an amazing 14 summit to summits. Even more surprising, the QSO with PY7RP, was the first ever contact on the 12m band from Shining Tor, SOTAs second most popular summit.
As to why the battery went down so quickly, well it’s a mystery to me…possibly the charger gone QRT, I’ll check.
Thanks to everyone who contacted me today, making it a most enjoyable activation.