It’s difficult to imagine SOTA without a summit such as G/SP-004 Shining Tor. This summit is full of surprises and deserves to be one of SOTAs most poular summits
Having followed the Hepburn chart, I decided to work this summit on Tuesday.
Sticking with the collinear and working the 2m FM band was the game plan. On setting up and spotting myself, my frequency erupted into life. The DX was immediately noticeable with calls coming in from all over the country and Europe. Three contacts into Belgium were completed the best being ON50HC, a contact of 350 miles running about 6 Watts. In 31 previous activations working this summit vertical on 2m FM, I’ve never managed to work GM, however, much to my surprise two call were completed.
I just needed a contact into GI to complete the UK, but sadly, it didnt materialise
The haul for the day was 213 contacts 201 FM VHF, 10 HF, 2 UHF FM.
The temptation to work the lift from G/SP-004 on Wednesday was just too much to resist and so with the rucksack stuffed with SLABs I trekked up there once more. As soon as I switched on to the 2m band, the French Stations were crashing in. There was qrm on just about every channel. After moving about 3 times I finally found a frequency that I could use.
The dx was unbelievable, working places such as Swansea, Durham, Brixham, Lockerbie, Fife (these are normally impossible on a vertical) also IOW, Gurnsey, Alderney, Southampton, Weston-super-Mare, Brands Hatch, Weymouth, Cromer, about 10 contacts with France. All four UK countries were achieved today as well as a S2S with EI. The list of dx is almost endless.
213 Stations worked 212 VHF FM and 1 UHF FM (thanks Rob G0HRT)
One of the highlights of the two days for me, must have been the surprise from 2E0NKC/M who called me on his Handheld, “on the off chance”, his expresion was one of almost disbelief when I returned his call. He was 12 miles West of Tunbridge Wells, a distance of 175 miles!
The amount of listeners monitoring the activation was amazing, with chasers popping in and out all day.
After 2 days working this lift, I’m convinced a collinear would beat a beam hands down on VHF FM under these conditions. (dons tin hat and slinks under the table)…
Thanks to all the chasers and listeners, oh and not forgetting the S2S from the activators. Two great days radio with 413 VHF FM stations worked in two midweek days, I’ll settle for that
The SLABs are back on charge, maybe another activation later!