Apologies to everybody who was waiting for me to turn up on HF today from Fan Nedd GW/SW-007. Conditions were not very ‘activator friendly’ with 50mph + winds and horizontal rain (was worse than forecast…I should have learnt by now . I put up the dipole as low as possible but one arm went ‘ping’…repaired it then the mast collapsed. I hasten to add that the XYL was safe in the bothy bag and smiling to herself. Back into the comfort of the bothy bag I pulled the FT817 from it’s ‘dry bag’ and plugged everything in…I don’t think it appreciated being out today as the display was pulsing ‘bright to dark’…no RX then when I pressed the PTT there was a TX Err showing…I switched on and off a few times, unplugged the battery and pressed a few buttons…no joy…works now that I have arrived home. Post mortem shortly.
Anyway, attached my 2m ‘cable tie’ dipole to the pole and called out on the FT270. Within 6 minutes I had qualified the summit and a spot from my friend Roy GW6DGU who didn’t make my log, couldn’t hear me but was having spot info relayed from another friend Don GW0PLP who did make my log A big ‘thank you’ to all those who made my log and took the time to respond to my frantic calls Long live 2m.
There are a few new reports on my blog http://gw4vpx.blogspot.co.uk/ and there will be something up for today some time later this evening.
73 Allan GW4VPX