Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2013 was scheduled for the 80m club contest, SSB session. I had assumed I was sitting this one out due to other arrangements, but some last minute happenings meant that I could go out.
So to The Cloud G/SP-015 it was to lap up the final part of this beautiful day. It was shirt-sleeve order for ascending the hill, although that did make my pack heavier with coat, fleece, hat etc stuffed inside.
People seem to be getting ever more interested in radio, and the questions from passers-by are coming thicker and faster than ever before. Therefore I couldn’t rush setting up, and the station was ready by 1840z. This was too late to try and find and hold a clear frequency ahead of the contest - they were all gone!
So it was S+P for me all through again, and I actually did worse than last month, down three to 34 QSOs. After the contest, I met with Tall Trees Contest Group members Brian G3UJE, Reg G3TDH, Jimmy M0HGY and Jim G3KAF on our usual after-contest net frequency of 3.645MHz for a natter. I then held this frequency to work any SOTA chasers. In total, I made 41 QSOs on 80m SSB.
I next went onto 80m PSK31, and I had to check and adjust the settings for audio volume out of the smartphone and DIG GAIN on the FT-817, while toggling between the PWR and ALC meters until everything was set properly. It was very satisfying to then work five SOTA chasers - M0TUB, G0VOF, LA8BCA, DJ5AV and HB9CUE.
Finishing the activation on 80m CW, I switched to the HB1B transceiver, but could only find one contact - Dave M0TUB. I was too tired to consider changing the links on the HBIV and trying some different bands, although I did intend to call on 2m FM on the VX7R after packing away. However, as the packaway was nearly complete, a cloud of midges (or other small lively mithery flying insect) descended on me and seemed quite persistent. Descent was the only option. Total QSOs for the activation = 47.
To my surprise, the little so-and-sos accompanied by headlight (and face) all the way down to the car, most unpleasant. Oh well, I guess there is a downside to the start of this magnificent weather.