By the time many of you read this I’ll probably be on my way. South Downs Way take 2 is finally on (barring last-minute mishaps….).
As you’ll see from the alerts, there are five summits along the route. All my scoring activations so far have been done on 2m and I would like to keep that unbroken record so I’ll be starting on 2m ssb and staying there for as long as it takes. Oh, Butser Hill is activation number 400 and with permission granted, I’m looking forward to it.
We managed some remarkable contacts from all the summits last year so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. The VHF takeoff from all of them is good.
I’m taking more battery this time thanks to a new 4aH 3S LiPo and given some sunshine later in the week, I should be able to keep it at around 75% capacity courtesy of a solar charger. Tests a few weeks ago were very encouraging. With any time and battery capacity left over I’ll attempt the bands in the order I have alerted. (The usual provisos apply.)
The delay has allowed me to sneak a few new items into my rucksack to try. These include:
- The solar panel and charging system for the LiPo.
- My lightweight headset for the FT-817 (sorry, chaps!).
- A new, lighter cooking system.
- HF – properly shaken down.
- Lithium AA and AAA cells.
I hope to work many of you over the next few days – and this time I’ve got online spotting sorted out – I think.