Hi everyone, I somehow managed activation number twelve on Hope Mountain earlier today, despite suffering badly with back pain.
It was my intention to activate from the farm side of the summit, using the FT-857D with 2 X 7ah slabs.
On arrival, David, the farmer was just about to leave to go on a job and wanted to lock the gate for security purposes, so I opted for the radio station side again.
It turned out to be a strange day, with the transmitter masts on site desensing heavily on 145-fm and 7Mhz ssb. 60m-ssb and 40m-cw were ok though.
All the same, it was one of the best days I have had on Hope Mountain, especially after diving into the hornets nest of a 7.032 cw pile up, phew!!
A totaly different experience to being on the other end of the pile up sitting in a comfortable chair in your shack, hi, it makes me much more appreciative of the regular 7.032 sota cw men.
Although I am a reasonably experienced cw op, I found it a bit daunting being the “target” in the pile up and hope I didn’t let the side down, hi.
In total I managed 44 QSO’s, including two s2s contacts with Frank GW3RMD/P on GW/SW-024 and GW/SW-030, thanks for the 4 new ones today Frank and also 7 DXCC countries, including ON, DL, F, EI, HB, LX, and HA, not forgetting our own G, GM, and GW.
QSOs were as follows…
Thanks to all stations worked and apologies to those I couldn’t hear.
vy 73 Mike GW0DSP