I attempted GD/GD-001 yesterday. I had 60 mins before I needed to be back down on the tram in order to be at the ferry terminal at 14:00 to catch a ferry at 15:00.
I got the tram up from Douglas, stopping at Laxey for a brew and then up to Snaefell. (£16 return)
Got setup just away from the Trig point. 2m ladder line antenna, telescopic fishing pole and a hand held.I was going to guy the mast but in the end just kept hold of it.(in the wind)
I did spot but I didn’t see the spot appear - maybe my duff phone signal.
Calling CQ for what felt like a while and ended up with 2 x S2S. I was hoping this would help generate traffic but nope.
Getting towards the end of the time slot I had, I packed up and kept calling CQ on the way back down. I managed my 3rd contact with GW4ZPL but he reported that my audio kept dropping out - maybe the masts on the hill?
By now I could hear the tram approaching and had to pack in.
Another 30mins might have seen the summit qualified but no
But on the plus side when we sailed out, from Heysham to the Isle of Man on the Thursday, I did get permission off the captain to operate /mm and I made two contacts from the top deck.
My XYL is keen to have a holiday on the island and it has been agreed that activating all the summits will be included… after all 5 new summits, 5 Completes and a new DXCC activated, well that would be something to miss. I will have to make sure that I am not time-limited by trams if we choose that method of transport for Snaefell, so I will endeavour to make sure that I separate radio from the other aspects of the holiday…
It certainly looks lovely and I know that there is plenty to see.
I looked at GD as a simple and quick way of doing just what you pointed out, new DXCC, uniques and completes. When I lived in Liverpool it was a 40min bus ride from home to the Ferry Terminal. When I lived on the Wirral it was a 50minute bus ride. Now it’s a long car journey. I did look at hiring a car but from the prices offered they suggest the only cars available are gold plated Bentleys Taking my car works out about £20 more.
It looks to be significantly better value for money to fly to EA6, stay for a week and hire a car there which is a shame because you can work plenty of people with not much more than a handy from IOM and it’s another “home” country added to the tally.
I moved to GM in Sep 2000. I was down on the Wirral the weekend the Queen died. I’d not been down to Liverpool since I had sold my mum’s house in 2011 after she died. I’d not been to The Wirral since 2009-ish. After that I used to meet Brian at Blackpool Rally but he’d been unwell a few times then Covid stopped all fun and games and I hadn’t seen him for something like 7 years till last month. I didn’t realise how long it was as we chat on the phone still and I give him notice of SOTA activations etc.
Say hello to him for me and give his sideburns a pull if he’s there
I called you several times but obviously you didn’t hear me. I am curious which handheld you were using as I experienced similar problems on that summit a few years ago when I was using a Yaesu VX5R, apparently lots of people were hearing me but I wasn’t hearing them, however I managed to get it activated on 2 metres by working the strongest callers.
People can hear you but you cannot hear them on external antenna. This suggests the cable/connections are OK.
People can hear you and you can hear them on rubber duck. This suggests the receiver is OK (to some extent).
There could be other causes but one that springs to my mind is the receiver is being overloaded by other in-band or out-of-band signals. That’s typical of many modern handhelds. You’ll need to do more experiments with some other local-ish hams to confirm this. If you have more issues using the external antenna and then turn on the attenuator and things improve thenit is very suggestive of overloading/de-sense etc.