What do you give someone for their birthday? SOTA QSOs of course!
Paul G4MD and I usually go out activating around the end of February as a sort of joint birthday present to ourselves (well that’s our excuse). This year our February activation was early due to other commitments at this end of the month, so Paul had the idea of going out on his actual birthday (today) to give me a contact with each of the two Welsh Borders summits that I needed to chase for my Completes. I was leading the church walking group this morning, but had a relatively free afternoon, so Paul timed his activations of Garway Hill G/WB-013 and High Vinnalls G/WB-012 to suit.
Having been alerted by a text to say that the outing was on, we had a scratchy contact on 5MHz when he was on Garway Hill. Moving to 7MHz produced 59 signals both ways. Paul then had an hour or so of driving to get to High Vinnalls. Thankfully 7MHz held up and we exchanged 59 reports to complete the WB’s for me.
So a big thank you Paul.for a great present. I’m sure that you enjoyed your day out.
73, Gerald G4OIG
P.S. For those wondering about Paul spoiling his 100% Uniques copy book, he did use his alternative callsign.