Looking up at Ingleborough at the weekend, I decided that I could ignore it no longer, I had to get up there and look down for once!
I use the MWIS weather forecast and I saw the prediction for clear skies today. Following the snow that had been forecasted for yesterday, I knew that today would be a mountain day not to miss! http://www.mwis.org.uk
I have been disappointed of late by the lack of UK stations that I’ve been able to work, 40m has been long for each of my recent activations. I’d like to try 60m but I can’t face digging into the cupboard under the stairs for parts to make a new antenna or parts to load up my 40m dipole. My 80m dipole was to hand and I had found my FT817 recently, having last used it in November. I decided to try 80m CW today, in order to get contacts a little closer in. I’d say that I was fairly successful, having worked G3RDQ, GW4VPX, G0NES, G0HIO and G4AZS.
I worked my way up through 40, 30 and 20m, it was nice to finish off with 3 contacts to East coast US. I struggle with the keyer timing on the FT817, it’s ever so slightly different to my MTRs, but I did better than I thought I would with it. I needed to use my FT817 to give me 80 metres.
I meant to mention that 40m didn’t seem to be working very well and my FT817 was showing a couple of bars of reflected power (VSWR). When changing to 30m, I discovered that I’d changed the wrong links! For 40m I’d been using the 30m driven element and 40m ground side element. I blame it on the minus temps and high altitude! (my new QTH is at 85m ASL)
I really enjoyed my day on Ingleborough, it was as good if not better than I had hoped for.