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Ladylea Hill GM/ES-049 - some action on 2m SSB for a change

This was my second visit to Ladylea and I used exactly the same route up as described in my previous report: Ladylea Hill GM/ES-049

WX was cloudy with a stiff breeze from the SE and the summit has no sheltered areas at all - the cairn is about knee high, so I used my tent for the first time in a while. While providing good shelter, its pretty noisy, so for future windy activations I will try a lightweight tarp I think.

Activation

I went for an early-ish start, hoping for some VK/ZL on 20m and set up my delta loop first. No DX materialised though - I did hear VK being worked but signals were not very strong. Chris, F4WBN , was first in the log at 0712z, followed by 24 more EU including a S2S with OE6TTF/P.
My tent then blew in on me and I discovered I had oriented it with the wrong end to the wind - Doh!
The enforced break to turn it round was interesting, as the wind was a steady 20-30mph. I also took the opportunity to set up my end-fed.
Back on 20m a hour later, I chased a couple of Italian S2S and then heard Manuel EA2DT request a QSY, which I did and as the frequency was clear,put out a spot after completeing with Manuel and also F4IFZ who had followed us up. Another 20-odd EU in the log including 7 S2S and LX1FF.

I then tried 40m and this was easily the worst 40m result I’ve yet had. The band was full of German contesters but although I found a clear spot, it resulted in a grand total of 3 UK QSOs and that after quite a few CQs.
Back to 20m I chased a few more summits, including GM5AIB/P on GM/ES-035 Mount Blair for a Complete.
Swapped the 20m loop for 17m and had a very good run of 39, including UA7D who was my furthest East of the day, plus 4 more S2S.
15m was open to JA so I tried a spot and Gavin, GM0GAV/P on GM/ES-059, Kerloch, just under 30 miles away, was first in the log :laughing:. Only one more EU after several CQs, and then I saw a spot for Andrew OE/VK1AD/P on 20m, so did a quick QSY for a S2S using my end-fed this time. 15m then brought just 2 more EU contacts.
Nothing heard on 12 or 10m.
Took a short break to put my new 2m yagi together and raise the mast and was rewarded by hearing some activity for a change - backpackers contest. First in the log was G8T down in JO01kj Sheppey, at 698Km ODX on 2m for the day. I then put out a spot but CQs brought no chasers, just contesters, so I gave out a few points. Another spot and CQs - again no chasers, so I went looking for more contest stations. Worked 9 in all, with one incomplete. I then worked Fraser MM0EFI/P on GM/ES-027 on 2m FM to the West of me.

As 2m activity dropped away, I returned to 15m and was rewarded with best DX of the day in a chase from FY5KE, followed by another 10 EU including a S2S with 9A8RA/P.
Called it a day and packed up in sunshine at 1400z, although still breezy.

126 QSOs and 23 S2S for the day - thanks to all. Didn’t hear a single US station all day.

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The only US station I heard had retired to Bali, Indonesia! Lots of Indian Ocean juicy stuff on 15m. Thank you for the QSO on 2m, that gave us 87 square and AB multipliers.

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It was definitely breezy at times. With you on GM/ES-049, Gavin on GM/ES-059, Fraser on GM/ES-027 and GM5AIB on GM/ES-035, I was optimistic of some local S2S activity as I reached the summit of Coiliochbhar GM/ES-060 at 10.00Z.
Note to self - remember to take all the bits one needs for an activation. Don’t leave vital pieces in the shack after post-holiday unpacking. Result: “Nul Points!” :roll_eyes:
Ah well, the grandchildren enjoyed their chilly picnic with Grandad anyway! :sandwich:

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I guess that was GM3HAM/P?

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Bad luck. I used to make a packing list. Now I just tend to leave everything in my rucksack apart from the battery and dirty washing.

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Good advice. A lesson learned…! :grinning:

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