Thanks for your understanding Paul.
Kit - VX8E on 5W into a 5/8 whip; I’ve widebanded this so I can use it on my Business Radio (Simple UK) frequencies, which I use to speak to my valley support groups and in a serious emergency I can use it on the Mountain Rescue frequencies I usually use with my team.
My wife Sue did some of the driving so I could get some sleep.
All times are UK local (BST).
As a “SOTA activation” this is a poor way to go. But as a quick incidental way to get some limited radio in then it just about works.
Drove up from N. Wales on Friday, to Fort William area.
Walk Saturday 9:45 to 16:10.
GM/WS-001 Ben Nevis, “tourist path”, wet, windy and flippin freezing on the top. Hordes of people. 2 2M FM contacts, then packed up due to horrible WX. 6 mins.
Overnight Saturday/Sunday in Whitehaven.
Walk Sunday 9:50 to 14:10
G/LD-001 Scafell Pike, from Wastwater. Sunny and warm day, with a cold wind on the top, great views, quite busy, but much better than Ben Nevis. 4 2M FM contacts, called a couple of more times and then QRT. <5 mins active. Group wanted to get down, we still had Snowdon to do.
Walk Sunday 19:40 to Monday 00:20.
GW/NW-001 Snowdon, Pen y Pass, PyG track up, Llanberis path down. A lovely evening, but it went very cold as the sun set. 4 2M FM contacts. Called a couple more times and then QRT. <5 mins active. We had to walk down in the dark and then get home.
Home Monday 02:15
Grandson arrived Monday at 09:00 for us to look after… I was a bit tired… (British understatement at its best)