Apologies for no HF today from G/NP-029 Sharp Haw. I was really looking forward to it. I took a couple of EFHW antennas for 20M & 10M. Got set up fine using a fence post to support my fishing pole so the middle of the antenna was well elevated, tied the far end of the antenna to another fence post and had the end nearest to me clear of the ground too. All looked well and upon switching on the 817 the 20M band sounded in good shape. Found a clear frequency, keyed up to tune the antenna and the 817 switched off. At first I put it down to an RF issue so I tried again, same thing happened. Dropped the antenna and changed it for my 10M EFHW, same thing happened. Messed with the antenna, even tried 15M but again the 817 switched off. I charged the internal battery in the 817 overnight for 8 hours as I have always done and this was activation number 62 and the first time I had this problem.
Packed my gear away and by now Ian G6OVR/P who was with me qualified the summit on 2M FM. Asked politely if I could use his yagi on 2M SSB to try and qualify the summit. His yagi is obviously resonant and when connected to my radio guess what happened when I keyed the microphone? Yep, 817 switched off. Thankfully Ian let me use his radio and a nice QSO with Don G0RQL gave me my fourth contact and qualified the summit for me. Lesson learned, always take my handheld on activations as a back up just in case! Had I been alone as I often am I would have been snookered.
Sorry again for no HF, but there will be other times. On the plus side, Ian and I ascended G/NP-029 from Bog Lane, my previous activations of this hill have always been ascended from Flasby.
73 Chris M0RSF