Let me start by saying, the path up to this summit is treacherous. What would normally have been a 30 odd minute stroll, turned into nearly an hour long slog. There are parts of the track which are sheet ice and great care needed to be taken. Having said this, I managed to fall over three times, once on the ascent and twice on the decent, one of these falls being very hard. If you are intending to activate this summit, you have been warned.
On reaching the trig point this morning, the seats and dry stone wall were covered in snow, possibly up to 3 feet deep and sadly, the one thing I had neglected to take with me, was a shovel. This made sheltering behind the wall very difficult and the reason for my activation coming to a premature end.
The activation was to be predominately VHF FM and I had alerted this last night. I had been monitoring the air pressure and fancied finding some DX from my second home G/SP-004. As it turned out, I was not to be disappointed, the DX Gods had smiled upon me, however, the DX Gods may have smiled upon me, but the WX Gods most certainly had not.
After setting up the X-300 collinear and attaching the Wouxun H/H, I soon realised the pager QRM was going to make this idea a non runner and was forced to resort to the FT-857.
Managed to spot myself and very soon, there was a queue of regular chasers in hot pursuit. Bob G6ODU was in pole position followed by M0COP Peter, GW7AAV Steve, M3XIE Dave, Brian G4ZRP and Ken G3XQE, all hot on his heels. There was an exceptional contact, all of 15 miles with John G1STQ who stated that he was thinking about joining me, but as usual, ended up wimping out
There was nice a call from a very surprised Roger G4WBV in Bristol, confirming there was indeed some DX activity. This was followed by calls from Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Somerset, a nice contact with Don G0RQL in Devon as well as Phil G4OBK in Pickering and also a contact into Bridlington. I had planned to work the HF bands, but the by now, bitterly cold wind put paid to that idea, with my Thermometer showing -5c and my bottle of orange juice, now turned into an ice lolly.
With no decent shelter and a biting wind, I decided to chuck the towel in. Apologies to the HF chasers, but it was just too cold for my liking. Anyhow, about 60 stations worked on 2m FM with a nice sprinkling of DX.
Thanks to all the chasers.