Apologies to those who were patiently waiting for me to appear on Firle Beacon (G/SE-010) this afternoon. I was there, but was unable to transmit!
Whilst activating Wilmington Hill (G/SE-011) this morning I became aware of an intermittent problem which was making the SWR jump around. Despite this difficulty I managed five QSOs on 30m and fourteen on 40m.
By the time I had lunched, and then climbed Firle, the wind was getting very strong, and it was quite a job erecting the antenna. However, once ready to start, it quickly became apparent that the previous intermittent problem had become a continuous problem. At least it made it easier to find - a loose joint inside a PL-259 plug. I was able to find a way around this problem, only for the battery in the ATU to suddenly die without any warning. So, all this way for nothing!!
On the way home I purchased a new battery, and I have now re-soldered the plug, so I should be all ready for my next expedition.
73 de Les, G3VQO