Really exciting yesterday!! I had my first activation! As probably all first time activators… they plan 20 things to do and in the and done only the most essentials At least I have a lot of contacts and a lot of fun!!! Let me give you an overview and some photos then…
We drove down to SE009 from London with a friend this is why it was possible for me to do this quick activation. The weather was looking better as we drove south!
We parked at he public parking and start walking the path…
Then I thought that going via the established path will be too boring … after all we are in England where a 250meter blob of gravel is considered a tall summit heheh … well… that wasn’t the best decision
We were so happy when we saw the flat top…
We camped at the north side of the hill as the wind at the top was crazy and very cold!!
The setup was a KX3 with a banana binding post and some sotabeams green wire. Around 10.8 meters of active and 3 counterpoise wire cut sto 40,20 and 10m bands. I used a fishing weight to throw the antenna on a nearby tree … and thats it plus a 2200mah 3S battery.
So I spotted myself via SMS on 20M and the party started!!! Of course from the excitement and the luck of confidence for my first ever pileup… I have no video/photo of that! LOL
As you can see though we came prepared for some cinematic camera action… but the wind was so bad near the tree line (below the tree line there some around 3-4 meters of clean area to flight but it was ok with the flat landing space we had)
So… activations wise:
20M - 5W only. It was a pleasure to have Mike @G6TUH my first chaser as he was amazingly patient with me… even with a +20db signal I had to ask him to repeat things 3-4 time until my brain can figure out how to hold the mic… hold the pad… write and replay simultaneously … my first ever pileup too! Thanks Mike, your deserve a pint at some point soon. I started without headphones so my friend Pol can listen too but I couldn’t even get Mike’s +20 to sound loud with the wind… headphone after that.
10M - 10W POWER
S57MS/P S2S!!! I was so stressed that I get his call as SV* and I though he was greek
EA2DT he gave me hint that 10meters work well.
Nto bad for a first try!! more next time! It was amazing! Thank you all for you effort and patient! Especially the chasers that gave me 2s and 4s when my signal was low!
Ill edit the post if I missed something