the subject has been covered before: what to do when you arrive in the summit and discover you’ve left the fish pole at home?
Well, I noticed it about 15 minutes after I started my hike towards EA2/NV-132.
I decided to get on and look for an alternative antenna support up the summit.
It’s been rainy and I was very busy in the last weeks so I couldn’t do any activation since April, therefore I decided I would got on and find a solution…
As others have proposed before, once in the summit I took what I had: my walking poles.
Thanks God I had a pair of velcro straps and my scarf. I extended the poles and tied them together:
I was happy to log 92 QSO, including 24 S2S this way! Some lightning and static crash noise plagued the band in the end.
Band condition was not the best, with deep QSB on 30 & 20 meter bands, and I struggled a bit in some of the contacts and my SWR was about 2,1:1 but it was again a nice day. Not any breeze and sunny until I stopped the radio.
I was keeping an eye to check when your activation started, and was very glad when you gave me a call for the S2S!
Thanks again for the special activity you and your friends are doing, chapeau!
Perhaps because I’m not Scottish you assumed that if I knew the word it couldn’t be Scottish. I have Scottish in-laws so am regularly introduced to strange new words. My father-in-law always looks for the cludgies when we visit an old house.