In reply to G4AFI:
It was very nice to work you last Sunday as I don’t like closing down when there are still stations waiting to work me, but sometimes an activation has to be brief.
As I mentioned in my original post, I was a little behind schedule early on, so my first CQ SOTA calls on 5MHz just after 0900z were missed. I would put the delay down to a very simple phenomenon…
Despite the fact that I have been up Pendle Hill many times in my life, it always looks much bigger in real life than it does on Google Earth. Hi!
There was also a walking party I met, that had taken the very very steepest route possible up Pendle Hill, which also just happens to look like the shortest route on an OS map
Yes, it is very steep! but while we were all enjoying lunch,(A few Pepperami’s & some Diet Coke for me, for anyone interested), a man in his 50’s with a small dog by his side came bounding up the most steep part of the hill, like it was flat. I made some complimentary remark about his remarkable vertical speed, & his reply was something along the lines of “you should have seen me thirty years ago”.
According to my GPS track I walked from the parking spot the to trig point in about 40 minutes, which suits me fine, but my legs did ache a bit for couple of days after. That is purely down to the extra weight I am carrying, without that, I am sure I would fly up Pendle like I did in my youth.
In any case, the weather was kind & it was very successful day
I had toyed with the idea of activating the Hill on Top Band, but with my time being limited I only had my FT817 & 6m fibreglass pole. Although I had my 160m dipole with me, the fibreglass pole would not support its weight, & in any case 5 Watts in the middle of the day would probably not get very far. I really must finish building my 60 Watt Top band linear!
Thanks again to all that worked me & apologies for not being avilable for longer. The SOTA activation was not my primary reason for being on the Hill last Sunday.
I did get some video footage showing the two options you have when ascending the hill from Barley Lane.
Thanks & best 73,