The first mistake I made was to follow the satnavs directions, as it seemed to take me on a right convoluted journey. Arrived at the Ponderosa and parked in the space opposite, as the cafe has a notice saying 2 hour parking limit. Anyway, the first thing I noticed on unloading the car was one of my gloves was missing…great.
Undeterred, I pressed on and made my way up the path of GW/NW-043. Now there are those who would cry “easy activation” and there are those who dragged up a rucksack and antennas weighing well over 40 pounds, who would disagree.
Anyway, I decided because the X-510 was attached to a ten foot pole, it would be easier to bungee it to one of the fence posts a few hundred metres past the last radio tower …not too easy given the wind conditions! The first contact was made on 2m ssb with 2W0CYM Alun, in Caernarfon at 0842z. This was followed by another eleven contacts in quick succession, the furthest being G0RQL Don in Devon. Qsying to FM produced 64 contacts with another 4 on SSB in between. The last contact with M0YDH in Wolverhampton at at 1353z, made a grand total of 80 for the day. There was a total of four S2S, Dave M0TUB/P on G/SP-005 Pendle Hill, Peter M1PTR/P on G/LD-001 Scafell Pike, Phil G1OPV/P on G/LD-017 Red Screes and finally, Alan M1EYO/P on G/LD-050 Gummer’s How. Now I realise, that for me to go qrt this early is unusual but with the onset of drizzle and a 5am start required for the Dunstable Rally, I figured this was the best course of action.
As for the performance of the X-510, well, the signal reports on FM were generally excellent, however, I doubt the X-300 would have fared any worse. My summary of the day… In a nutshell, disappointing not only in terms of contact numbers but the overall distances achieved. Maybe conditions were a bit flat, but when it comes to radio, who knows?
With the “possible” exception of one more experiment on Shining Tor, I won’t be using the X-510 /P any time soon. Maybe this will be the last “off the wall” thing I’ll do with Amateur Radio, then again, I wouldn’t bet on it
Many thanks to all the chasers who took the time and made the effort to contact me. I look forward to hopefully working you again, on a joint activation with M6MGB, from the summit of G/SP-002 Black Hill, this coming Saturday.