Well, a good day was had for my first foray into SOTA. I started on Botley Hil G/SE-005 at just after 1100 and I received a reply to my call almost immediately. A second contact came soon after but then it went quiet. After almost an hour, I was about to move on when I had a third contact. Sadly, it stayed quiet after that so no points on this occasion.
I drove down to Ditchling Beacon. The car park was full and there were lots of people out enjoying the day. I parked in a layby about a mile further down the road and walked back. I didn’t get any luck calling CQ so had a scan around and found a couple of people chatting on 145.300. Their chat was coming to an end but another ham joined and I managed to contact him. He was an absolute Gentleman as he nipped back to the calling channel and tried to get people down to the frequency that we had met on. That was sucessful for one further contact. He then put a call out on his Whatsapp group to rustled up some more interest which yielded another contact. After a bit more time a third and final contact was bagged.
So, no points this time but two summits activated and I have learnt a fair bit with regard to what would be useful to have for next time. Once I get the correct SMA adapter for my home brew Slim Jim, a telescopic GRP pole and some bungee cords I shall be having another go.
Many thanks to all that responded to my CQ.
EDIT - Not sure how to remove the Pre Planning flag…