The Devil on Greyrock:
Last Sunday, 01 Dec 2013, I had a challenging and successful activation of North Greyrock Mountain, W0/FR-094, northwest of Fort Collins, CO. Despite winds gusting over 50 mph on the summit, too windy to stand safely, I managed to find and climb the actual summit. After setting up my station in a sheltered spot about 40 feet below the rocky top, I worked about 35 stations on 20M CW, packed up, and headed over to Greyrock, W0/FR-095.
Grayrock is a huge prominent rock, and the wind was even stronger up there than on North Greyrock. It was about 35 degrees F in the late afternoon, and so gusty that climbing and crawling to the exposed summit was scary. I found a somewhat sheltered spot in an alcove with a small tree about 50 feet below the summit, pulled out my gear, erected my pole and EFHW with difficulty, pulled out the log sheet rubber-banded to my clipboard, and immediately put my entire pack squarely top of it. Of course I also put rocks on my hat, gloves, etc., so they wouldnâ€™t be ripped away.
Within one minute there was a huge roar, and a rogue gust of violent wind came in sideways. In one second my radio gear was scattered across the rocks, the pack rolled uphill, the clipboard flew into the air, and the log sheet for W0/FR-094 was plucked away by the Devil himself. The cliff about 300 feet high and immediately downwind made sure that there was no chance of finding the log. It was â€œgone with the windâ€. Two pieces of paper remained on the clipboardâ€¦.the Devil only wanted the log.
In spite of the wind on Greyrock, my activation went well, and I was proud of the difficult activation despite the lost log from North Greyrock.
If you chased and contacted me on W0/FR-094 on Dec 01, 2013, between about 1915Z and 1955Z, on 20M CW, please send me your call and the time of our QSO. I just need the calls and times. I want you to get your points. That log was a whoâ€™s who of NA chasers!
I regret what happened, and will learn from this bittersweet adventure! The best idea I have is to take a digital image of each log after the activation â€“ however, getting a photo risks losing the log when winds roar!
I know for sure the calls of about 20 of you, because you also worked me on W0/FR-095 after 2200Z. That log is fine and has already been submitted to the database.
Please respond here, or better, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
72/73 George KX0R