Having bailed out on G/CE-005 and suffered the wet and the wind on G/CE-001 on Monday, it was with some tripidation that I detoured to G/SC-008 this morning, for an unalerted activation - half expecting to abort due to the weather
By the time I finished after just under two hours on scene, drenched, I was torn between the emotions of “why the heck do I do it” and satisfaction on a job done.
Opening up on 2m SSB got the expected wall of silence, but after moving to 2m FM I quickly got the four required entries in the log, with G4STH and G0TQZ in the warmth of their shacks (59 each way) and G8DDY/M walking the dog on the Isle of Wight (which took a bit of work getting a 58 report, but only able to give 52 in return)
But most memorably, the fourth entry was F4ERR/MM off the Cotentin Peninsula, entering the harbour at La Cité de la Mer, with a respesctable 53 report each way
Certainly, this was my first /MM contact…
Having qualified the hill, I then tried HF properly for the first time on SOTA, dialling in 7,148.00MHz… G7MYI, M1EBV, G4YUM and G4OVI rapidly went into the log, before conditions deteriorated and I sought refuge in the car.
No real DX, and amusingly enough, two of the HF contacts (G7MYI and G4OVI) were the closest to my location.
An enjoyable/satisfying time… but the question still begs to be asked - why the heck do we do it?