SOTA REFLECTOR (Off Topic)
G4YSS: WAB Square OV00 (NOT SOTA)
Just in case someone thinks it’s a SOTA. Also for WAB chasers
I plan to be on the air tomorrow - Good Friday 19-04-19 using the club call GX0OOO/ P but this is NOT a summit.
Worked-all-Britain (WAB) Square 0V00 is seldom activated and located at the base of a 500 ft cliff. It is completely in the North sea at high tide. As things stand at the moment, 2.2 miles of rocky foreshore must be covered to get in and out. 50 Watts to a dipole.
Frequencies as follows: 3.760, 7.160, & 14.260 to 14.285 MHz. SSB. There is likely to be a controlled net running on 3.760 if condx are good. If so, they will already have a list but near the end they will ask for check-in’s.
Set up antennas and equipment.
11:00 Low tide
12:25 QRT and leave before the area is submerged.
WAB Reflector (also used for real-time updates (spots)
There are a few photos of the 100ft high lower cliff at the foot of this 2006 article but that route is now defunct:
Our friend Roy G4SSH is out of Combe Hay and a little better in himself but when we went to the hospital this morning an X-Ray confirmed a broken jaw, probably from falls in November. It can be lived with but meat seems all the tougher. He can’t walk much more than 20 paces, then gets back pain. His Parkinson’s causes shaking, not good for CW and he sometimes gets a bit muddled. He also has anaemia and ongoing T2 diabetes. He has carers in (four but from today that’s reduced to) three times a day so much to his relief, he can live at home. He now has a device to call for help and cameras to check him. His daughter & son have done all they can but they live away.
Thanks to a second handrail he can now get up to the shack and has worked the middle east on 20m a few days ago and sometimes listens for SOTA too. I’ve checked and he doesn’t mind me telling you all this. His car will be up for sale. A sad state of affairs compared to last year!
If I survive OV00, I plan to be at the rally next Sunday. It would be good if Roy could come too but at the moment he thinks it would be too much.
BCNU - 73, John.