Well plans for this summit nearly cancelled as I had a horrible chesty cough and lost my voice on Wednesday!! But woke up today with slight cough and weather was looking too good to cancel so off we went.
Elaine was looking forward to it too as she wanted to conquer the summit for the second time from the easy side( Last time was from Loggerheads ). Roads were quiet and we got there in plenty of time to get up and set up.
Touched Trig with 10 mins to spare from alert time, Elaine organised Welcome Brew from Flask as I put up Antennas. Usual 3 Ele for 2M and then Slinky had been damaged in bag on way up with no way to fix up there so HF TX was not Available!! Shame !!
We found it tough going up the walk today, my Chest was giving me breathing trouble and Poor Elaine had twisted her ankle on way up, so we decided against doing 051 after 044.
Started on 2m SSB on 300 then QSY to 330,with plans to go on FM later, old faithful GW0DSP called in first and gave me a spot Thanks for that Mike, Then all hell broke loose and big pile up ensued. Distance QSO’s included Tamworth,Barrow,Selby,and really chuffed with Don G0RQL in Holsworthy,Devon. Lovely Distance and good sig Report after I turned Beam around to his direction. S2S contact with family on SP-005 Pendle Hill, Nathan,Brian & Jennifer,2E0OCC/P,2E0OYG/P & M6MIJ/P.
After 25 SSB Contacts ,we had some lunch and then jumped on S20 to see if any contacts for FM changed Beam to Vertical polarization first. QSY to 575 and then Four Mobiles, father and son in one car, Cracker portable QSO with G4NVH/P Graham on a walk in Cannock 5-8 both ways on 5 watts. Super!!called for QRZ on 525 before deciding to go QRT as Weather was looking poor in direction of North and looked like it was heading our way.
On Walk down sun came out again and we got back to car needing a desperate call of nature, all sorted and stopped on way home in Loggerheads Pub for a well deserved Pint of Black Sheep and finished off our packed lunch. Lovely !!!
All Contacts logged and pics on Flicker
73 to all who gave me contacts and 88 to the Lady Amateur contacts aswell. Im hoping with me speaking to you up there it may inspire XYL to get her Foundation Call??
Tony MW6ADL for visit to Wales