Seems I peaked too early with my visit to Great Orme on Thursday.
This was a joint activation with G7LAS of G/CE-004 Bardon Hill.
Rob G7LAS carried a bag full of aluminium and god knows what else to the summit, When I asked him what antenna was in the bag, he just smiled and didn’t comment.
When we arrived at the trig point, I thought he’d brought something along with at least four elements to try and outgun the Antron-99! When he opened the bag, it turned out to be a picnic table as well as a laptop and keyboard…Oh well
On the basis of “altitude is attitude” with the Antron-99, I took along 20 feet (6 metres) of swaged poles. With two of us and no wind to speak of, getting it in the air was easy peasy.
My first CQ brought a s2s from Christos SV2OXS and Stavros SY2BIK activating SV/MC-077
Four VK’s worked three of them s2s. VK1RX was first in. Next was Andrew VK3JBL activating VK3/VN-020, Andrew Hill, then Ernie VK3DET and finally, I was really pleased to get John VK6NU in the log. John was activating VK6/SW-042, Mt William. John and myself are no strangers to s2s contacts, however, it was the first time we had worked for some time. Sadly, no S2S with Andrew VK1AD, everything seemed to conspire against it
The only other DX in my log was Serge RV9DC from Asiatic Russia.
After about an hour, I handed the rig over to Rob to try some PSK. After getting it all set-up, sods law intervened, it started to rain and we were forced to get the equipment covered up tout suite. Sadly, I was faced with a long drive to Galashiels in the afternoon, and so was unable to hang about on the summit
A great mornings radio though. Shame the propagation wasn’t that brilliant, nevertheless, a shed load of fun.
Here’s to the next one…