Tuesday 6th August 2019 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015
Two highly unsatisfactory activations.
The first one, on Gun G/SP-013, I was not too bothered about. It was just an excuse to stretch my legs after a sedentary few days and the stark realisation that until another regular gig came in, I wouldn’t be gallivanting around the country getting my cardio (and SOTA) in.
Just one 2m FM QSO made from the summit on the handheld, although I did call CQ for quite a while.
Later on, I headed up The Cloud G/SP-015 for the 2m UK activity evening. I’d done all* my prep with kit packed - and charged up (Tracer battery, headtorch, Windows 10 tablet), for the FT8 (MGMAC) in the first hour and the SSB (UKAC) thereafter.
*except one bit.
I’d forgotten all about all about the lead that goes from the back of my 817 to a Powerpole connector to connect with my Tracer LifePO4 battery. I had remembered however to remove the 1400mAH NiMH internal pack from the 817 after the GU trip - and this meant I had no way whatsoever of powering on the radio on summit!
What a wally.
At least the Contest Manager of the TTCG would be pleased. He doesn’t like me doing the MGMAC because they are not club contests, whereas the concurrent FMAC is. And I now had one option - make a few QSOs on the FMAC using my FT70D handheld.
I rummaged around my coat pockets and drybags to see if I had a BNC to SMA adaptor enabling me to use the SOTAbeams SB5 which was already set up - but no joy. So I just had to make do with the rubber duck. I was worked by the current custodian of HEMA, who kindly offered his condolences. I wondered if this was a sign of improved relations and asked if I might be allowed to enter this chase of his HEMA summit, but the response was silence, so I guess not. Then I fell over into a horrid patch of sticky mud which managed to attach itself to most of my clothes and much of my exposed skin. My goodness, the lads on FE are going to have a field day with this one! Fill yer boots chaps!
Steven 2W0JYN/P was giving out reference GW/NW-062 Hope Mountain, but he wasn’t in the activation zone, so any such “chases” won’t be valid. Two or three stations were heard operating on frequencies that are “out of bounds” for this contest.
So, this second activation of the day concluded with 13 QSOs. But why originally in the “People from Andy’s Formative Years…” thread? Well I just wanted to record my thanks to the many people who expressed their condolences on-air. That was genuinely appreciated in each and every case - thank you.
Anyway, one of the moderators moved it to the “SOTA on Tour 3” thread - understandable they didn’t want an activation report in the Formative Years thread. But as I didn’t do a gig on this activation day, it’s not right for the “SOTA on Tour 3” thread either - so here’s a new one. Ironically, had we not lost Joe at the weekend, we were scheduled to be in the recording studio in Blackpool Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, putting the finishing touches to the new album - and therefore any SOTA activations I did squeeze in would have definitely gone in the “SOTA on Tour 3” thread!