Today, we drove 75 miles in sunshine, followed by 5 miles in low cloud to the parking spot on the A470. We walked up through the increasingly wet and windy cloud to the summit, with visibility of around 25 metres. As we returned to the car, the cloud started to lift, and we drove 80 miles home in the sunshine :o)
This trip had been pre arranged, and Mrs 'AZS and I met with our son and daughter in law for the walk up, not primarily a SOTA activation, but neither an opportunity to be missed. In the event I just managed 4 contacts on 2m FM with my HH, crouched down and trying to shelter the microphone from the wind: GW0WRJ/M, who advised me of my unintelligible audio. This was the wind noise problem and without his helpful comment I might not have succeeded. I redoubled my efforts to shelter the HH. GW6OVD (thank you for the spot Mal), Kieth M6KDJ who broke off cooking dinner to call me, thanks! and a nice S2S with Steve G4TCU/P on Callow Hill. In the sunshine. Just down the road from my home QTH A few more CQ calls, nothing heard so QRT.
I am very pleased with the Wouxun, but it does seem sensitive to wind noise.
I know from experience that crouching down with a HH is not very efficient, so after working the first two stations, followed by several CQ calls going unanswered, I moved about 10m across the plateau to within 1m of the steep drop off. Kieth called me back to tell me that my signal strength had increased greatly, and advised me that whatever I had done, I should keep doing it! This was useful feedback, and confirmed the effect that I had hoped for. If you read this Kieth, thanks, and I hope you didn’t spoil the dinner while helping me out!
The FT817, pole and antennas remained unused in the rucksack, as time was at too much of a premium, and I had not taken any shelter with me. I gather that 6m and 10m have been good today…
On arrival, I tried to self spot, but the txt would not send. In the poor conditions, I just hoped that it would go eventually. It did. About the time I arrived back at the car. Sorry if this wasted anyone’s time listening for me, and thank you for trying.
Great day though, and it doesn’t seem to have put the others off being outdoors -