A trip up the M5 gave me the excuse to make my first activation… I thought I’d do a nice easy one, so I took a slight detour, and hit Walton Hill, G/CE-002
Taking the tips from Richard (G3CWI) I parked at SO942802 and meandered leisurely up the footpath, and set up my newly acquired SOTAbeams MFD with my VX-8DE
I was expecting a nice clear signal. But what neither G3CWI’s tips, nor Tom M1EYP’s activation report, mention was the QRM… measuring S9+ at times on 145FM. Is this something that others have experienced up there?
My first three QSOs were a real mix of 59 and blanket QRM so many thanks to Matt (M3WDS) in Cheltenham, Terry (2E0WHG/m) on the M5 near Cheltenham and Gareth (M3CNG) in Daventry for bearing with me as we fought the conditions.
And just as I was about to give up, the QRM lifted, and I fitted in a very clear QSO with M0ERT in Reddich. Thank you.
Having got my four QSOs bagged it was time to go… but having taken much longer than expected, the planned detour onto G/WB-010 as I approached Telford had to be postponed.