During today’s activation of GW/NW-070 Great Orme, I was approached by a Country Parks Warden. The Warden wanted to know why I was operating a radio from here without first seeking permission. I told her that I was unaware that I needed permission citing the fact there was no signs to this effect. However, the warden was having none of this and made it clear my presence without permission was not welcome. She pointed out that having my antenna guyed, could be seen as a trip hazard and Great Orme has SSI status although she did concede that where I was operating, some 35 Metres from the trig point, wouldn’t cause any impact on the wildlife, flora or fauna. After talking to the Warden for some time her attitude softened and she agreed I could stay to complete my activation.
It would appear that in future, Wardens will be taking a stricter approach to radio operators transmitting from Great Orme, “unless” prior permission is granted. I strongly suspect, that if you decide to operate from this summit without prior permission, and you are approached by a warden, you will be asked to cease transmitting and to remove your station…
For future reference, I have taken details of how permission can be obtained and will place them on the GW/NW-070 summit page.
As for today’s activation, sorry about 40m, it was unworkable for some reason, I could hear nothing and it seems no-one could hear me. The activation was completed on 20, 17 and 15m making it very difficult for the UK chasers to grab a point, however a number were successful.
Stateside was tricky, with a couple of weak signals and a couple of monster signals on the 15m band, the best being a nice contacts with Thaire W2APF in NH and Steve AA4V on the Isle of Palms.
Total of 58 contacts on HF, no VHF today.
Thanks to all the Chasers.