Just a heads up that Caroline and I are heading for the Isle of Skye tomorrow. Given the length of the journey from Blackpool, an activation tomorrow is very unlikely, so look out for us between Sunday 26th June and Friday 1st July. We are staying at Sconser and there is a possibility that we will do one or both of the summits on Raasay but no definite plan. The only certainty is that we will not be activating the Inn Pin. The weather forecast for the week is not ideal
We did a quick activation of Winter Hill on the way to Blackpool, and had our first equipment failure before even starting. One of the wires of the balance connector on Caroline’s LiPo battery fell off. Of course this did not prevent the battery being used, but would make recharging rather awkward. Fortunately I’ve been able to do a repair this morning, so I think all should be well. In addition we do have an extra battery, a spare battery, and an emergency battery…
HF conditions were not at their best, and at times I struggled with (distant) static crashes making it hard to read the chasers, plus some very deep QSB. I failed to pick up the callsigns of at least two who probably think they worked me.
Nevertheless between us we qualified the hill on 4 bands, which was reasonably satisfying.