I had hoped to activate GW/NW-044 and GW/NW-051 as a pair on another joint activation with Ron GW4EVX. We discussed the activation during our stint on Hope Mountain, but unfortunately Ron was otherwise occupied today. I had things to do early doors and made a last minute decision to give it a go alone. I have bought a new pair of walking boots, so it was a good chance to “break them in”.
On leaving the car park it was dry but very windy with heavy cloud. It was the same on my return to the car park, but the bit in between was very different. I assembled the station and had opted to use the FT-817, much lighter to carry, and decided to start on 7.032-cw. A quick phone call to mission control, Barry 2E0PXW, sorted a spot out for me and I was ready to go five minutes later.
My QRL? was instantly answered by Mike LA5SAA who was a fine 599 signal. I commented to Mike that it was very windy with heavy rain, his response made me envious. He gave me my report then told me how he was nice and warm and dry. Thanks Mike, hi. After Mike, the usual pile-up ensued, or so I thought, but just 8 more stations were logged before the band went quiet. I QSYd to 30m, the usual 10.118 was in use so I opted for 10.117. Two QRLs were sent, silence. I called my usual CQs and was replied to by OK2BEI, well I thought he replied to me but it soon became obvious that he had in fact replied to a PA0 station and not to me. Another QSY to “split the difference” to 10.117.5 brought no response. So just the 9 worked in a frantic 6 minutes, including 1 G station in the form Reg G3WPF. To be honest, I’m glad the way things had worked out. I ALWAYS work the pile ups down and try to get every chaser in my log, but today I just wanted to get of a very cold wet and miserable summit. The rain was of the type that comes at you sideways, it was cold and felt like 20 razorblades slashing at your face. Those who have experienced it will know exactly what I mean.
On my return to the car park it was hard to imagine the wx I had left behind me. I weighed up GW/NW-051 which looms above the “Top” car park and made a quick decision to leave it for again. For one, there was some idiot with a very large German Shepheard dog who had totally lost control of the beast, which was now snarling at a walker and then turned on a sheep, also it would have been dark in half an hour and I didn’t fancy the slippery descent in the dark. Thoughts of John G4YSS made me feel a right wimp!!
The good side, my new boots are very comfy and kept my feet perfectly dry.
Apologies for the hasty retreat to those who might have been waiting for 80/60m but I had just had enough on the day.
Total worked 9
DXCCs = 5 LA, DL, S5, HB9, G.
73 to all stations worked and to Barry for his fone a spot services.