Well I wanted to fill an hour or so and try a different activation spot on CE-005 from last time and learn a bit more about activating in general.
Once again it was not so easy on 2m FM even though I had selected a spot within the activation zone with a nice clear take off to the North. My main problems were lack of stations and, when they did pop up, I was getting terrible densensing of my VX5.
Thanks to the stations that did work me and for trying to rustle up some others… those being M0JDK, G0NES and G4JZF.
I was about to nip off to the local repeater and drag someone on to simplex when I heard another portable station pop up on 145.475 as I was wafting my beam around in my hand… so I was rather chuffed to complete my activation with a S2S with MW0VMC/P on Pen y Fan… my first ever S2S QSO.
I made a pigs ear of guying the pole and hence ended up using the beam handheld for the last QSO…
I really must get HF portable (and/or 2m SSB too)…
73 Marc G0AZS