I use the discussion title to loosely connect a couple of interesting things.
Tonight, Jimmy and I watched a programme on ITV4 about Sir Ranolph Fienes successfully climbing Eiger, which is HB/BE-003. Now I don’t know if Ran or Kenton Cool or the other chap are radio amateurs by any chance, but I don’t think they activated it in any case! It would definitely be a 2m HH activation, rather than 80m CW I expect! Most of that ridge is barely a couple of feet wide, with sheer terrifying drops on either side. In the programme, it said that Sir Ran suffers from chronic vertigo. Well his fear of heights must be a different one to mine, 'cos you wouldn’t have got me anywhere near any of that lot. And I would wager that it isn’t on RQJ’s “to-do” list either! It’s never been activated anyway - wonder if anyone ever will?
Driving back from work one day this week, I was working through the GB3MR 70cm repeater (433.350MHz output). There was a station on there who was on the summit of Snowdon GW/NW-001. Furthermore, he had simplex capability on both his 2m and 70cm handhelds, and had walked up - well of course, the trains aren’t running anyway.
I mentioned about SOTA to him, but he didn’t seem that bothered. He was just out for a walk, and quite content to chat through the repeater. He did listen for me on simplex, but couldn’t hear me. The A34 at Scholar Green isn’t the best of positions! But interesting that he’s climbed to the highest point in all of G and GW, with radios, but no ambition or compulsion to do SOTA. Come to think of it, I meet plenty of amateurs on summits. They come up and introduce themselves to me. But unlike me, they’d had no plans to use radio on the summit. Some of them had never heard of SOTA, although most had.