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Old Fav' Gummer's How

Everyone was moaning about HF band conditions today, the QSB was fading S9 signals to nothing at times - it cost me at least one S2S. I thought it was looking better, and felt like I’d missed out yesterday but Don @G0RQL said it had been just as bad. Fabio @IK2LEY was faint but workable on I/PM-263.

I used today as an excuse to try some more exotic combinations of band and mode (for me at least) so I can verify the code I have written to calculate the SOTA LD weekend challenges is working correctly. I took the FT-817, MiniPA50 amp for HF, the Super Antenna MP1 and Arrow Alaskan 4/10 element 2m/70cm.

Although the WX was overcast it was perfect activation weather - but not great for photos.


Looking North with Lake Windermere stretching into the distance

My QSO with Andy @G8CPZ on 70cm CW was the most exotic of the day. I tried 12m and 10m with no joy, 3 contacts on 17m.


Super Antenna MP1 for HF

I didn’t get a photo of the Arrow Alaskan, boot it looks impressive on the tripod - the guying kit being a requirement.


Summit Radio Junk Pile

A nice run of local 2m FM contacts with North Pennines SOTA being well represented with 3 activators and a chance 70cm SSB contact into South Pennines territory with 2E1PEJ/P activating Winter Hill.

TIME CALLSIGN FREQ BAND MODE RST RSR OPERATOR REF
08:40 OE6STD/P 14.285 20m SSB 55 54 Horst Thaller OE/ST-369
08:43 F5JKK 14.325 20m SSB 59 58 ERIC JAUCH
08:43 EA2DT 14.325 20m SSB 55 55 Manuel
08:43 EA7GV 14.325 20m SSB 59 53 JOSE L. MENJIBAR
08:43 UR3LM 14.325 20m SSB 57 56 Anatoly Pavlovich R
08:44 SQ9MDF 14.325 20m SSB 59 55 Leszek
08:47 IK2LEY/P 14.325 20m SSB 53 53 FABIO PELLIZZONI I/PM-263
08:48 9A2KI 14.325 20m SSB 58 58 Istok Kapov - Ico
08:49 OH3GZ 14.325 20m SSB 58 59 JUKKA " Jack " KOVA
09:04 S57S 18.136 17m SSB 59 59 ALEKSANDER ZAGAR
09:12 SP9AWS 18.136 17m SSB 55 55 STANISLAW ( STAN )
09:13 OM5DP 18.136 17m SSB 56 55 MARTIN SUBA
09:24 DQ60ANT 14.205 20m SSB 59 57 Special Event Stati
09:32 G3RXQ 14.305 20m SSB 59 56 Stewart Baker
09:41 DL8ECA/P 7.141 40m SSB 55 55 M. Florian Pawlik DLFF-0226
09:44 ON4CB 7.170 40m SSB 57 55 Kurt Thys
09:45 G0RQL 7.170 40m SSB 58 55 DON ROOMES
09:46 G6CPZ 7.170 40m SSB 51 43 ALAN WINROW
09:47 M0BKV 7.170 40m SSB 58 58 DAMIAN KAMM
09:49 SM6CNX 7.170 40m SSB 58 55 DAN FRANZÉN
09:52 G4TGJ/P 7.032 40m CW 599 599 Richard Tomlinson G/NP-008
10:00 HB9BAB/P 10.112 30m CW 559 449 JUERG ALLEMANN HB/ZH-015
10:15 G8CPZ 432.055 70cm CW 599 599 AJ Barth
10:22 M0WCW/P 145.425 2m FM 59 59 Colin G/NP-017
10:26 G6WBS/P 145.475 2m FM 59 59 Shane G/NP-028
10:29 G4TGJ/P 145.550 2m FM 59 59 Richard G/NP-008
10:38 G1PIE 145.350 2m FM 54 42 MARK JOHN PROCTER
10:43 G6LKB 145.350 2m FM 59 59 David WARBURTON
10:47 GM4WHA 145.350 2m FM 54 42 GEOFF HARPER
10:50 G7CDA 145.350 2m FM 59 59 Douggie Lancaster
10:51 G4ZRP 145.350 2m FM 51 52 Brian
10:52 M7FLY 145.350 2m FM 59 59 Geoff McGuire
10:53 G0MHF 145.350 2m FM 59 59 John
10:58 G1PIE 432.200 70cm FM 59 59 MARK JOHN PROCTER
11:14 G6LKB 432.200 70cm SSB 59 59 David WARBURTON
11:16 2E1PJE/P 432.200 70cm SSB 58 58 Peter G/SP-010


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Thanks for the S2S and chase contacts, 73. Mark.

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As you now have to pay in Glenshee Ski Centre carpark I’m getting value for money by replying whilst the car oil temperature gets warm enough for a blast home.

I though 20m was as lively as I’ve heard it for a while. I managed K4DY as first QSO and worked plenty of S5 stations. ODX was 4Z4DX who was loud. Antenna was inv-v dipole printing NW/SE. Good fun despite on summit feeder mods and stabbing myself cutting a ty-wrap :frowning: Now I know why plasters have use by date!

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Two things.

  1. We must have passed you heading south today.
  2. I don’t pay. I park at the Glas Maol end.

I don’t mind paying where the money is paying for footpaths, conservation or a Ranger, but not when it’s a money grab.

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I only spotted the sign as I was walking past the cafe so I nearly didn’t pay. I have no problem paying to places that saw their business decimated over the last 20months.

I heard Don working you on 40m Mark, but not a peep from you. Skip too long :cry:. I was on GI/SM-002

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Same here, Mark. I searched for you on several bands but the result was always the same… NADA.

:face_with_monocle: :thinking:

Conditions have been terrible for me today. I’ve managed to chase 15 activators so far, but most of the times, the signals were very marginal.

73,

Guru

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I heard you briefly on 20m at around 41 chasing another activator, so re-spotted myself on a clear frequency, but had no response from anyone at that point. At least one activator initially heard my callsign when attempting a S2S but then lost me and started working other strong stations.

‘Not for the want of trying’.

Cheers, Mark.

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No short skip today - listened for you on several bands but nothing doing.

Paul

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