Many thanks for your congratulations, I very much appreciate your kind words.
It has been a long journey, from humble beginnings on Place Fell G/LD-027 to Ben Macdui GM/ES-001. My first SOTA was actually activated as a Wainwright, with 4 Q’s on the 16th May 2012. On that activation I used a 2m IC92D that I had purchased to use on D Star. As I descended from Ben Macdui I worked Caroline MM3ZCB/P and MM1MAJ/P who were on GM/ES-014 using the same radio.
During the journey I branched out into HF and developed that further with a passion for CW. As many will know, I usually run 80W from an FT857 with 10Ah of Lipo battery. That gives me 2 hrs of operating time.
Along the journey I have broken:
1 Morse key
The 857 (drowned but later resuscitated)
3 VHF end fed aerials
2 carbon-fiber mast top sections
3 sets headphones
1 battery (died of frostbite)
1 aerial feeder
I am very fortunate to have had companions Chris and Colin, who have accompanied me on the more rigorous summits. On Tuesday, as Chris and I climbed Fiacalill a Choire Chais to reach the Cairngorm plateau, the wind picked up to a very blusterous 50-60mph, I began to think this was going to be the first SOTA summit I would failed to top out on, but as we reached the plateau the wind steadied, but remained strong, we pressed on and made the top.
Thanks especially to all of the loyal chasers without whom this would not have been possible.
Old cloth ears
PS, When I returned home Mrs Stansfield had prepared for me a congratulations card, purchase a T shirt with an embroidered mountain goat and my shack was draped with “congratulations” banners.
“So” she said, " Is that it then??"
“Well not really” says I,
“My next goal is a CW Goat”, but that’s another story!