When alerting for my planned activation of G/SP-004 Shining Tor, I was somewhat surprised to see the only other activation of this summit in the last 2 months was by me. Shame really, because this summit has so much to offer in terms of DX on both HF and VHF. I hope a few more activators will make a visit while the 10m band is in good shape. It took about 30 minutes to make the ascent of this summit, which I’ve activated nearly 100 times.There was just a steady breeze at the trig point and this meant I had little trouble getting the A-99 on 15 feet of poles. This made me a very happy bunny!
The rain held off, although the summit was shrouded in mist for almost the entire activation.
As with most of my recent activations, this was only going to be HF and with the 10m band in such good shape, that’s were I started…on 10m fm. My self spot drew the attention of Christos SV2OXS and he was followed by Carolyn G6WRW, thanks for the call, Carolyn. Two more G stations called in, but there was no sign of any DX,
So, I worked a couple of s2s on 20m before re-spotting on 10m ssb. As if by magic the Stateside chasers latched onto my spot and the calls came in thick and fast. I stayed on ssb for almost 50 minutes before Qsy’ing back to 10m FM, where another run of North Americans was logged. As ever, Dow, W4DOW headed the charge, with Phillip, VE1WT, Walter NE4TN and Guy N7UN all putting an apperance. Nice to see Herm KB1RJC back in the log on 10m FM. Things slowed up a little, so I qsy’d back to ssb for the last 50 minutes, where once again, I was chased down by the North Americans.
This activation was a lot of fun with plenty of DX finding its way into my log. It was a real pleasure to get W0MF from Nebraska, logged. The best of the 10m FM DX was once again Texas.
115 contact for the activation.
5 contacts on 20m SSB
2 contacts on 10m AM
29 contacts on 10m FM
79 contacts on 10m SSB
61 North Americans logged
I contact on 10m AM
49 contacts on 10m SSB
11 contacts on 10m FM.
CW the best mode? Well, I’m not so sure…
Thanks to all the chasers…
2E0YYY (who wishes he was Lord of Shining Tor)