I haven’t been sleeping well. Most definitely a new and unfamiliar phase of life for me. But upon realising that I was wide awake with no prospect of nodding back off at 4am on the morning of Friday 9th March 2012, I decided to go for a walk!
I packed my suit, shirt, tie and shoes into the bag with my footy kit and took a drive out to Gun G/SP-013. Although Tuesday night headtorch walks are a common feature, pre-dawn sortes are altogether rarer, so it was a strange feeling to be yomping up to Gun summit like this.
Given the solar storm and disruption caused, I wasn’t sure what the best choice of band would be. I analysed the previous day’s cluster spots and opted for 30m CW, and erected the dipole on Gun summit.
It was fairly slow going between 0548 and 0705z, with 25 QSOs being made. Without exception, all contacts were with Central/Eastern Europe. It was getting cold, so rather than persist with more CQ calls, I chose to put the slack time to better use over a “Mega Breakfast” at a greasy spoon in Burslem. And even after that I was early for work. After work I played football - and played the best I have played in a long, long time. Yet I was still up to nearly midnight preparing kit for today.
This sleep thing is a concern. Another day of serious physical exertion today, and here I am still tapping on my computer keyboard at 0230z. I didn’t even fall asleep midway through Match of the Day. Something must be wrong!
But now I am going to try and get my head down for some zeds…