In reply to G4OIG:
Hi again Gerald,
Yesterday I monitored the alerted frequencies on 80m & 60m from about 06:00z to 07:35z when I left for work. Once at work I checked in here & found that Carolyn GW6WRW/P had posted that it was too windy for HF, so I missed out yesterday. I believe the weather did pick up later & HF was used with some big signals reported along with some good contacts on VHF / UHF.
This morning I was a bit late out of bed,but as soon as I was up I checked in here & saw a couple of spots for HF
I listened for Carolyn on 60m, but the band wasn’t working over such a short distance that early & I could barely tell she was there. I switched to 80m & heard John GW4BVE/P very well indeed, stronger than Mike G4BLH who is only 10 miles away from me! After working John I went to do my morning ablutions, & upon returning listened on 60m again, but the band was just not working for me.
I switched back to 80m & after a bit of tuning around I heard a Welsh station having a nice ragchew with Paul GW4MD/P a little bit up the band from John’s earlier frequency. Paul was not very strong & with the QSB at the time I think it would have taken a bit of time for us to complete a valid QSO,although I did copy his summit details as he gave them to the Welsh station.
I was quickly running out of time as I needed to leave for work so I abandoned any attempt at working Paul & as he hadn’t been spotted, I spotted him on that frequency. I hope my spot was of some assistance to those chasing this morning, & of course to Paul
I would liked to have tried VHF / UHF even though the path from here does look impossible, but having no permanent VHF / UHF beams at this QTH I really would not have time to put anything up, as I would have to take it down before leaving for work. I was ten minutes late as it was this morning, & that was only due to HF! HI!
I see from today’s spots that some surprising contacts have been made on VHF / UHF today. I am assuming Mike G4BLH posted his spot for 70cms after working Frank GW3RMD/P, if so then I may even have been in with chance on 70cms myself, although Mike does have a better take off than me in that direction. It is quite obvious from Phil G4OBK’s spot that he had worked Frank.
With some serious terrain between GW/NW-066 & Pickering, I think that is a fantastic contact on 70cms!
A big well done to all operators, I’m sorry I only managed one QSO, but that dreaded four letter word “work” got in the way.
I don’t know how, but I’ve managed to get a week off work in a couple of weeks time. At 9 days, it will be the longest break I’ve had for over 5 years, including Christmases! I am already weighing up what I am going to do that week, maybe a few more of the Southern Pennines, or the odd Northern Pennine.
I was even looking at Lake District campsites this lunchtime!
No, maybe that would be a little to ambitious for me
Once again, A big thank you & well done to all operators