A few of you might ask, why keep doing repeat activations of a local summit for no points?
Well, apart from the fact that it’s just great to be outdoors playing radio, enjoying stunning scenery and handing a few points out to the chasers, you might just get a day like the one I experienced today.
The summit wx conditions were very sunny, with 7.5c on my arrival but the cutting Northerly wind at approx 22kph gave a chill factor which must have made it 0c or less. Having said that, I was well wrapped up in winter gear so just my face and fingers were exposed to the cold, the latter making keying a bit difficult. Rabbits were everywhere and the sight of a Kestrel diving onto it’s prey and then covering it with it’s wings spread was a sight to behold. A brace of pheasants screamed and flew noisily off having witnessed the hawk’s kill. Truly magnificant, could anything get any better than this? You can bet your bottom dollar it did!!
I have learned from my experience to have my radio tuned to 7.032 while I am erecting the linked dipole, a tactic that served me well today. I heard Ruda DL/OK2QA/P on DM/SX-003 so left the dipole semi erected and gave him a call for the S2S contact. We exchanged 579/599 reports, although I had to ask for a repeat of my report due to the huge qrm from impatient ops calling over the top of Ruda. So, an activation which started with a S2S, great stuff, it couldnt get any better than this, could it?
Next came a test, using 5MHz-CW to see how it performed, in the hope that I can use it to work UK chasers on 5.291MHz-CW on my upcoming GM tour. The band worked well and if it hadn’t been for the S2S I would have qualified the summit on 60m-cw. A great day, surely it couldn’t get any better could it? I followed the CW with SSB on FE, with good results all around from the usual suspects.
After 60m I opted for 40m-cw on 7.032MHz but took a short break to enjoy my soup, Lidl, Cream of Tomato, and very nice it was too!!
My CQs on 40m were met by a mad mixed up muddle of cw cacophany, I really must improve the cw filter on my FT-817. A great time was had on 40m with most of the regulars soon in the log.
I decided to give the majic 30m band a go and called on 10.118MHz, the results were very good with 12 more stations going in the log. I also got my best DX so far from a SOTA summit in Bob W2SF, from Bayshore NY USA plus three Ukraine stations to the east. Both my friend Roy G4SSH and I have always reported the great benefits of 30m-cw in our respective News bulletins, I think 5 watts into the USA speaks volumes for the band! Now I was certain, good things come in threes, so it couldn’t get any better than that, could it? You better believe it.
A quick chat with Steve GW7AAV led to us attempting a 23cms contact. We had tried before and failed, but this time there he was loud a clear allowing me to hand out my first ever SOTA 23cms point. I think it’s fair to say that Steve was rather pleased to get Hope Mountain on 23cms.
An absolutely fantastic day, which might explain why some of us are more than happy to re-activate the same summit over and over again.
Yaesu FT-817 @ 5 watts into a 3 band linked dipole for 60/40/30m, 1 X 5ah SLAB
Total QSOs = 53
60m-SSB = 7
40m-CW = 18
30m-CW = 12
2m-fm = 11
23cms-fm = 1
S2S = 1
DXCCs = 15…DL, G, GW, EI, PA, HB9, F, S5, HA, SM, W2, OK, YL, UX, and OH.
Many thanks to all stations worked and to the many of you who spotted me. Thanks for making it a special activation.