G/NP-017 Fountains Fell and G/SP-006 White hill today.
Good high pressure inversion WX.
Started in thick fog in the valley on Fountains Fell, but popped out into lovely clear sunshine.
Unfortunately when setting up at the summit my linked dipole decided to break where one of the elements terminates at the centre. So 2M only it had to be… even that was a struggle for some reason. I got two great S2S with GW4VPX to GW/SW-001 Pen y Fan and Martin M7BIA/P to G/SP-004 Shining Tor, one more with GW4BML and then a mega struggle to get the 4th contact. Weird, as it is normally easy to qualify (and then some) those hills on 2m FM.
Descended back into the fog (seeing a fairly rare “fogbow”) and moved on to G/SP-006 White Fell. It’s a bit of a “bog trot”. Got to the summit with one wet foot and just an hour of daylight left. Decided to go straight to 40m SSB on the spare dipole I’d collected from the car. Well, I couldn’t empty the pile up after 50 minutes and I VERY reluctantly had to stop due to cold and advancing darkness! I’d got 69 contacts in that time!
Managed to snap some atmospheric shots as the sun went down.
More wet feet on the way back to the car… just made the car before I was forced to switch on the head torch.
EDIT: just realised SP-006 was my last G/SP unique summit… another region finished.
Sea of fog below Fountains Fell G/NP-017
Operating 2m FM Fountains Fell G/NP-017
Fountains Fell G/NP-017 summit selfie
Cairn at the high point on the Pennine way on Fountains Fell G/NP-017
Descending into the fog - Pen y Ghent G/NP-010 in the foreground and Ingleborough G/NP-0005 beyond.
Fogbow… quite unusual.
Operating on G/SP-006 White Hill
Brocken Spectre as the sun started to set on G/SP-006 White Hill
Brocken Spectre on G/SP-006 White Hill
Sunset on G/SP-006 White Hill
Tower on G/SP-006 White Hill
Summit selfie on G/SP-006 White Hill