Thanks Guys, for all of your congratulations and help.
Well mountain goat status in a day less than 1 year and 8 months and I couldn’t have done it without you all! My points total comprises 887 for summits and 114 bonus points for 38 winter activations. A total of 183 summits activated. Some I have been up twice (GM/WS-006) but only logged once to keep a 100% unique record. Six hills I failed to activate; two were in Italy this July; shows the limit of 2 metres, and I’ll be unlikely to ever go back to them. One in Switzerland and three are in Scotland, on one I had a frustrating three QSOs (!) they remain on my hit list!
A total of 1709 QSOs (average QSOs per summit = 9.3) from 709 callsigns so to all the 709 people (might be slightly fewer with /P/M/A stations) a huge and grateful thank you.
I logged 935 QSOs under my foundation licence callsign; MM6YCJ, and the rest with my full callsign; MM0YCJ. My intermediate callsign 2M0YCJ was never broadcast as my FT817 & VX7 only put out 5 watts so I was never in a position to breach my foundation licence conditions. I think my early success on 2m, 20m and 40m has led to me favour these bands and not experiment further. I favour resonant antennae to avoid the weight of an ATU and extra bands just mean more to carry of course so my inherent laziness doesn’t help.
From the total, 810 QSOs were on 2 metres, 40 were on 20 metres (including two to north America) and the remaining 859 on 40m. Overseas, my single summit in Switzerland was activated with 5 QSOs on 2 metres, 29 in Italy and 83 in England (OK, not exactly overseas!)
GM0AXY is my most prolific contact (45/183 = 24.6% of all QSOs). GM7UAU is close behind with GM4YMM. Fourth is the amazing and inspiring GM7PKT/P. Robin is always on or near a summit (34 QSOs) apart from one single QSO to his home QTH (I think). GM4COX is often up a hill and is always helpful with advice and reports, but I must lay the blame for my SOTA activity squarely on the shoulders of MM0DHY; it is his fault! My first activation was GM/SS-158 on the night of the 17th January 2011, under his supervision. I also want to thank GM4UYZ for his help since starting amateur radio. In fact thanks to you all for your help and patience in my achieving Mountain Goat status.
Highlights, good or bad you decide, included doing the Cuillin Ridge on Skye and activating all of the summits en route; I had even helped MM0DHY activate the Inaccessible Pinnacle the year before for the first time. GM/WS-006, Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan turned out to be a long term challenge. Beinn Mholach GM/CS-064 was a first activation and the 4 QSOs were summit 2 summit. On the 6th November 2011, starting in the dark I activated 4 summits (26 points) on a marathon day out; 3 for the first time, and I recall the final summit that day, GM/WS-160. The sun was setting in a clear blue, but darkening sky, I was miles from the road and the pile-up was enormous, in fact I recorded my highest number of QSOs from that summit; c’est la vie!
In April while ski mountaineering we attempted a peak in Switzerland called the Gross Leckihorn (HB/UR-023, 3068 m). Owing to my concern about the stability of adjacent snow slopes we were climbing the rocky north ridge when we saw 4 skiers avalanched. Luckily they were all dug out and survived; of course we descended to help, and we returned to climb to the summit a few days later although it was then too cold and windy to try an activation! Geal Charn, GM/WS-031 activation last Saturday on 40m when my 6m fibre glass roach pole snapped in the high wind. It was after 4 QSOs so although the hill was activated, my grand total was 995 points and it seemed like someone was trying to tell me something, but thankfully no lightening strike arrived! Next day, with a splinted pole I activated GM/WS-035 to achieve mountain Goatdom! Thanks to all the 25 QSOs on Sunday 16th September and M6NHA who was the 4th contact.
I estimate that I have activated around 37 summits for the first time including some in Italy. Activating all year round leads to some uncomfortable summit shacks!
I have submitted a few reports for SOTANEWS which Roy G4SSH has kindly published. Most I have added to the information for the relevant summit, apologies for this self indulgence, but I hope they are of some benefit to future activators and are entertainment for those chasers too sensible to leave the warmth and comfort of their shacks.
Here’s to the next 1000 points and I look forward to speaking to you all further down the log!