Thank you to Roy G4SSH for the spot which probably meant my activation on 2m fm today counted. Until we spoke later on the mobile I didn’t know that my good friend John G4YSS had been the first to activate SB-006.
We (XYL Judy for company) left the old school at Wedder Bridge at around 1015. At about 1035 we sensed something for a second in the air then BANG!Â This was army artillery being used on the nearby Otterburn Ranges. So loud we were shook by it I can tell you. It must have been from a big gun. On our way down we heard smaller shells exploding in quick succession - nothing like that single big bang. Reached the summit around 1100 in a sleet storm which turned to blown snow and phoned Roy. Set up the FT857 and RSS to make one immediate but intermittent QSO with G8PWX. Rig, battery etc getting covered in snow - shelter no use. Tried handheld with RSS straight BNC no bother working G8PWX Alec again. Tried CQ with handheld - no takers which was down to the 5 watts rather than the 40 watts from the 857.Â Reconnected N type adaptor to BNC to try again, missed G0EHV - one way QSO only, but managed to scrape good QSOS with 3 stns to qualify - G8PNN, G2ARY and M0PJM. One more call, no takers WX worsening so quickly aborted the mission to return to car. Good job we had the 4X4 or may have got stuck getting back to Alwinton. Made it to Rothbury for tearoom lunch then road blockage due to stuck double decker bus on B road back to Morpeth. Police and gritter soon on scene and got her going to ascend hill, we and other motorists followed.
This must be the most remote piece of England and I would like to come back to finish all the SBs off another time, especially Cheviot. Another time for sure.
I think my intermittency was caused by snow/ water getting into the n/bnc adaptor causing short in feedline and high swr.
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