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High Willhays G/DC-001

HI John,thanks for the contact on your 1st hf activation,I heard the other s2s calling you but weak to me and when I worked Paul g4ipb he said he had worked you I thought can’t be bad for s2s on your hf visit to DC001.
I am in earshot of High Willhays for HH radios so will listen out for you next time but it can be difficult at times to qualify it on the 2mtr fm band. 73 Don.

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Don, you were also my first SOTA HF QSO - so thank you. I feel I should send you a badge to record the event!


Well done on the activation John.

I think it’s easy to forget, or trivialise, what it’s like as a new comer to SOTA, there’s definitely a steep learning curve. In my 17 years of SOTA I’ve probably picked up skills that I don’t even think about.

My wife’s father lives near Bovey Tracey, and in more normal times we visit several times a year. Last year we managed a trip in late summer, I was able to borrow my parent’s motorhome to make things a bit safer, so that we could have our own accommodation bubble. Unfortunately I didn’t manage an activation of G/DC-001 during that trip - I wouldn’t have fancied driving the motorhome up to Okehampton camp anyway!

I do enjoy activating G/DC-001 when we visit Devon. I don’t think I’ve success on 2m FM from there, the handheld hasn’t rustled up many QSOs. My usual kit is an MTR CW transceiver and dipole on a 4m pole. We’re Devon bound in a few weeks, so I’ll have to see if I can squeeze in an activation of High Willhays.

73, Colin

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Colin thank you. I parked at Meldon Reservoir partly because it looked a more interesting walk but it was an easy drive in my 6m campervan although there is a 3.5m height limit under a bridge. This might be a problem with a big motorhome.

If I return, and I’m sure I will, I’ll try the approach from the camp. :slight_smile:

I have a PDF of the band plan in my phone. Similarly PDF copies of the manuals for all my rigs. No extra weight to carry, nothing extra to remember to take with me.

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