The first activation, and of course the first point of 2011, took place for me at the relatively late stage of January 2nd, 2011. Jimmy M3EYP and I headed out at 11am on the Sunday morning, inspired to activate on two fronts - the Macclesfield club’s New Year SOTA outing, and the VHF Fun Day.
Joining us for the club multi-op activation were Greg 2E0RXX and Simon M0TGT. Knowing that those two, and Jimmy were all going to be on 2m, I decided to keep my nose out of the VHF Fun Day and concentrate on building my New Year score in the G3WGV UK CW Table.
After meeting at the parking spot and ambling up the hill, Jimmy set up for 2m FM (vertical) while Greg and Simon set for 2m SSB (horizontal). I erected the halfwave dipole for 30m. Greg and Simon seemed to be doing good business on 2m SSB with several S2S QSOs, and the same appeared to be true for Jimmy. On 30m CW, I limped to 23 QSOs and 14 DXCCs on 500mW as I hadn’t prepared properly and had a virtually flat SLAB!
What had been prepared properly was the flask of Baxter’s Haggis Broth soup, which Jimmy and I shared while Simon and Greg ate their packed sandwiches. It was very cold, and the warming broth was very welcome. We were joined on summit by social visitors Ray M1REK and Richard G3CWI who walked up to exchange New Year pleasantries. (This was also the case on 30m where every QSO was appended by two-way 'HNY’s). Richard had just completed his first activation of 2011, over on The Cloud G/SP-015. I must visit that hill sometime…
After packing away, we drove down the hill to Rushton Spencer, where the five of us (M0TGT, 2E0RXX, G3CWI, M3EYP, M1EYP) reconvened at the Rushton Inn for a pint or two of Flowers IPA. Another enjoyable winters outing.