As part of the OARC SOTA Activity day, I was going to work another summit, but the changeable weather, and my previous failure to activate G/SC-010 Dundry Down meant that I was fated to choose this summit.
I’ll keep this brief as this is a well known summit, but I do have to write down just how hard this summit can be on FM. Last time I was up there I could only my 3 QSOs and they were very local due to massive pager break-in on 2m from the various antenna up on the hill top.
So this time, I can to fight… Instead of a 5W HT and a rubber duck, I brought the Kenwood TM-V71 (50W on 2m FM) and a slim jim and 6m pole.
I found a nice post to tie my pole too and got operating. I made about five contacts with some ease, only a little bit of pager breakthrough and I only needed to run 25W. Then disaster… My battery died, no matter, I have a spare, so I connect that up and then disaster number two… I lost my logging sheet.
It just blew out of my hands and off over a fence and down the hill…
Luckily I was able to get four more contacts and activate the hill. Phew!
Some typical Dundry pics to finish. The Suspension Bridge and one of a cow, the church tower and an aircraft landing at Bristol Airport.