Following on from RAYNET support of the Great Lakes Fell Race in which competitors tackle 17 miles of Lakeland terrain including Scafell and Scafell Pike I decided to do a little SOTA. I’d forgotten the 12V battery for the MiniPA50 amp so it was to be a 5w activation on 2m and HF, 2m with the FT1XD and Arrow Alasakan antenna, and HF with the FT-817 with underslung Palm Pico Paddles.
Conditions were nice on Pike of Blisco, folk on higher summits were fairing less well. Helvellyn, Fairfield, Bowfell and Scafell Pike were all consistently in cloud. Visibility out of the cloud, however, was excellent.
Arrow Alaskan Antenna, 2m elements only vertical
Views from Pike of Blisco were excellent. The unusual Easterly winds were rolling cloud consistently over the Helvellyn range, but it was burning off.
The Langdales with Helvellyn in the background in the clouds
In between radio I took some panoramas.
HF was OK, nothing spectacular a few contacts on 20m but I was unable to raise a contact on 40m with my 5 watts.
I noticed AC1Z/P was on 17m and tuned the Super Antenna MP1 manually with the SWR indication on the FT-817 as I’d forgotten the chart. I could just hear him calling CQ, then lost him during his activation. As 17m was clearly working I spotted myself, and amazingly after calling CQ a few times and getting nothing @AC1Z Bob moved to my frequency and with headphones in I was able to work him, copying signal report and summit reference W1/NL-022 correctly. It’s been a while since I’ve had a transatlantic S2S, so this was a special contact for me.
M0NOM/P G/LD-024 Summit to Summit AC1Z/P W1/NL-022 17 metres CW
My last contact was on the handheld, responding to G4BEE/P in his car 2 miles North of Chorley. Had a very nice chat with Ray, it was good to hear someone calling CQ /P.
Thanks to all the chasers. All photos here