Visited the Isle of Man with the intention of doing 4 hills while over there for a recovery training day with a hint of rescue training.
2 x LiFe 4200 batteries
2m roll up antenna
HF linked dipole for 20 and 40m
5 meter telescopic mast
A bunch of tent pegs and guy ropes
GD/GD-005 - Mull Hill
I was going to park in the pay and display car park, but having had a look on google maps, I chose to park in small layby at the base of a track that goes up pretty close to the summit.
At the top of the track from the layby
This route was around 0.15 miles.
Setup and spotted myself. CQ on 2m got me three contacts and then after a CQing a while longer I moved to 40m and bagged another 7
GD/GD-004 Bradda Hill
Parked at the Fishwick beach parking area and left Mrs Vaz to read her book and watch the world go by while I walked up to the top. Stopping part way to sample the wild blackberries.
Got sorted once at the top and again 3 contacts on 2m and spent some more time calling CQ and no joy. Moving to 40m gave me 9 contacts.
At the top
Not a bad view from the top
Fishwick park up
Time to move on and drop Mrs Vaz at Port Erin to catch the train back to Douglas.
Onwards to GD/GD-003 South Barrule
Parking in the rough track at the base of the hill, I took a quick break to have a nibble and drink before the walk up the hill.
At the top of the hill once setup for 2m and HF, I spotted at cracked on.
This gave me 4 contacts on 2m including one S2S with GW8NZN/P on GW/NW-051
Moving to 20m I then ended up with a pile up and worked 37. This was constant with little break between contacts.
I had to pause to swap the battery over as the battery had dipped to 9v.
After the 41st contact someone very close then decided to give me full S9+ of dead carrier.
At this time I was done, and wanted to try and make the last hill of the day.
At the top of the hill
I packed up and made my way to the last hill GD/GD-002, Slieau Freoaghane but by the time I got there (after overshooting the turn off by a good 30mins and then turning around) time was not on my side and I would have been walking down in the mist.
Calling it good and happy with the contacts made I decided to make a move back to the hotel and relax for a bit.
Cheers to all the chasers for the contacts.