I’ll keep this short as I’m sure you all know Shining Tor inside out.
What a difference a day makes! Yesterday, I arrived at the Cat and Fiddle, to find ice cold winds howling across the car park. I duly abandoned the activation and headed to a non SOTA venue and worked from the car.
Today, it was if someone had waved a magic wand. Very light breeze on the ascent with some low cloud. Both the cloud and breeze disappeared after a short while.
I set up my station and started to work both 2 Metres SSB and FM, using my new home brew antenna. Had some great reports working up to 100 miles on FM.
John G1STQ, arrived a little later and set up an HF station. He got some nice contacts using his 817 and home brew linked dipole. Sadly, John was forced to pack up early, due to work commitments.
Trade on 2 metres was brisk. However, at the end of the day, I was forced to leave a pile-up having bagged 67 contacts, due to fading light conditions and ice cold cloud descending.
Apologies to those I missed and my thanks to all those who contated me.
Anyway, being the glutton for punishment I am, I’ve decided to try Shining Tor again this Saturday, without me even troubling the scoreboard and setting a target of 100 contacts. If you hear me, I’d be grateful for a call.