Noting that Gerry 'OIG was alerted for a summit on 2m and 70cm, and feeling in need of some fresh air after a stressful few days, I headed out to Gun. Drizzle and rain all the way to my parking spot together with poor visibility did not bode well.
The path up the hill was awash. In fact I have never seen so much water coming down it. My last-minute choice of Wellington Boots seemed a good one. At the top I soon had the 2m beam in the air and another last-minute choice, an umbrella, also proved a good one as I huddled under it to activate. It was pouring by now.
I was a bit early so I started on 2m SSB. I had intended to run high power but a “lead mistake” meant I was limited to 5 Watts. Contacts came in a trickle but never the less I was qualified in a little over 20 minutes.
Brian G8ADD alerted me to Paul’s ('4MD) appearance on 2m FM where I easily caught him for an S2S. Paul was in sunshine in contrast to my damp location. Afterwards I returned to 2m SSB to wait for Gerry. However, Gerry, tipped off by Paul, thought I was going straight to 70cm and it was not until Mike G4BLH/m told me that Gerry was QRV on 70cm that I realised I might miss him if I was not quick.
Thus I rapidly reconfigured the beam for 70cm and immediately heard Gerry (strong) working Reg G3WPF (weak). We soon completed on SSB with a nice chat. Gerry said that 70cm S2S contacts were rare so he was especially pleased. I slid down to the 70cm centre of activity (432.200) and made another four contacts before the rain made me decide to pack up. I was sorry to miss Reg G3WPF.
The soupe du jour was Moroccan Fusion with Cous Cous.