Been a while since we had one of these. In the past they have taken various forms - on VHF, via repeaters, via Echolink etc.
Anyway, since I reverted to self-employment a while back, I’ve been spending a lot more time on the road. Something I have particularly enjoyed is putting a CQ out and getting a reply from a keen SOTA chaser, with a natter about SOTA ensuing.
Well I’m about to drive from Macclesfield to Liverpool, and will call on 2m FM, so if anyone in the area fancies a chinwag about SOTA…
If this proves of interest then I’ll advise via this topic when and where I’m going to be on air from my long commutes.
The proper name is still Haddington Hill, also known as Wendover Hill. Wendover Woods are the Forestry Commission owned woodlands on the summit. Yet another of the eccentric renamings of UK SOTA summits!
Tom, after I lost you I got several short bursts from you but nothing prolonged enough to make it worthwhile calling you again.
I enjoyed my chats on 2m FM today, especially the last one as I approached the Isle of Sheppey. I worked Kevin G0PEK, SOTA/WOTA activator and father of the famous Lauren 2E0HLR - congratulations on the Intermediate!
There’s some issue with my Palm Cube. Each activation when I get it out of the bag it seems to be sending ridiculously fast, and no resetting of the low/high speeds, calibration or even full reset doesn’t change it. It sometimes starts behaving correctly after a few minutes. But not today, so I have separated all the bits in case some moisture has got in and it needs an airing.
So, it was 20m SSB today. George N1GB came straight back to the first call, but then I was struggling. I answered CQ calls from CT7AEQ and an EA9 which was nice. I tried some calls on 2m FM with the handheld but wasn’t surprised not to be answered, even though there was some activity about.
I gave the CW another try, and while it was still too fast, it was manageable, and a US station gave me my qualification.
Then a 90 mile drive onto my gig. I write this from possibly the coldest dressing room ever - brrr!
Tomorrow’s long drive is from Macclesfield, Cheshire, to Stanford-le-Hope, and then Basildon, Essex. Via G/SP-015, G/SP-013 and G/CE-005. I’ll be QRV most of the way on 2m FM. If you’re anywhere close to the route (Stoke, Derby, Leicester, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Watford, North London), please listen for my calls, and join me for a SOTA-related chat. Hopefully catch a few chasers from the summits too!
I have a dicky sensor on the front offside… My German manufacturer wants £186 inc VAT for one. You need to remove the entire front spoiler to unclip it and push the new one in. Now it’s not rocket science to remove the spoiler but it’s a pain and a few hours of swearing. So I put up with intermittent sensors when it rains. Doesn’t do that much in GM does it!