Decided at last minute (I should know better by now!) to activate this one. Following departure of my boss I put on a quick alert and set out in bright sunshine. Traffic on M4 was a nightmare, what with rugby traffic and a giant dump truck overturned in the roadworks, so it was after my posted time and raining heavily when I arrived at the parking spot. Nearly gave up here, but having driven 40 miles thought I might as well give it a go. Rain had eased by the time I reached the summit, but it was rapidly getting dark. Got the XYL to spot me, first reply I heard was from G6LKB at about 2x2 - unfortunately we didn’t complete. Same story with M0COP. I was beginning to wonder whether I was going to qualify this one. Happily after a struggle made it with GW0DSP, then M3PXW. After a quick QSY up 5 to avoid a station just below me (apologies if I worked on top of an existing QSO, nothing was heard on the frequency initially but a feature of last night seemed to be deep QSB). Ater this a good solid contact with G4CLR in Blue Anchor ensued, then BVE called to give me the fourth contact. In rapidly failing light, half a gale and moderate rain I decided discretion was called for and declined John’s offer of a spot on 144.315, in fact I was so keen to get off the hill that I abandoned my normal procedure of packing everything away tidily ready for the next activation and just stuffed the kit in the rucksack and left. It was just dark by the time I reached the car, my haste was the right decision.
Thanks to my four contacts, apologies to those I didn’t make it with and for the “smash and grab”, hope to work more of you on my next SW evening sortie
73 de Paul G4MD