I had already decided that, as Tom M1EYP and Jimmy M3EYP were popping up to the Woods, I would join them and take a first bash at HF activation using my double size Norcal doublet. So as Sunday dawned and the weather looked good i.e. it wasn’t raining, I was looking forward to the trip.
I had thought that Tom would be around at midday local so I pottered around and mowed the lawn but when I came back in and checked the spots… there he was. So I jumped into the car and drove up to the summit (all of 3 minutes way)
I parked up behind Tom’s car and walked up into the field with the trig point. I could see Tom and Jimmy lurking with the pole down so I assumed they may have finished. In fact Tom was switching the polarization of the beam and putting up the 40M dipole.
After chatting for a while with the Master Activators, I moved off next to the path and set up the station which consisted of:
88ft Norcal doublet
LDG AT7000 tuner
Icom 706 II G running 10W
It all went up easily enough and I waited for Tom to finish on HF before I got cracking. It gave me a chance to hear and capture (look at Flickr) Tom working Mike GW0DSP to complete Mike’s chasing of CE summits.
Jimmy then wanted to finish qualifying the summit so after a fruitless call on 40M SSB, he moved back to 2M and I fired up on 5 Mhz… a quick call was greeted by meter crushing signals, especially from Alisdair GW0VMZ. I worked a run of about 10 stations and then Mike GW0DSP tipped me off about Klaus DF2GN/P on 20M.
I finished up on 5Mhz and went looking for Klaus on 20M… bingo, a fine summit to summit with Klaus… my first on HF!
Then I called on 7.118 and 3.725 but alas with no self spotting facility I heard no one after a few rounds of calls on each band.
I went back to 5Mhz and was rewarded with two more S2S, MM0FMF/P and G4RQJ/P… thanks to both for the patience as the QRN was starting to get bad… static crashes and so on.
So with that and with Tom and Jimmy already off to the cafe for a tea and sandwich, I packed up and joined them just as the first drops of rain were falling.
What a difference from the VHF activations… and the doublet seemed to work a treat. The autotuner had me hopping up and down the bands with ease. Worth the weight to carry it although it is pretty light as it’s just a black box that sits under the 706.
So thanks to the following stations for QSO’s and as Arnie said, “I’ll be back…” on HF (and CW too) from G/CE-005:
GW0VMZ, M1MAJ, GW7AAV, GW0DSP, GM4CFS, G4ENA, G4ZRP, G8ABB, G0NES, DF2GN/P, MM0FMF/P, G4RQJ/P
BTW Just as well we did it this morning as we have just had the mother of all thunderstorms this afternoon with some strikes within a couple of hundred meters of the house… and no doubt up on the summit too! Everything is unplugged!
73 Marc GØAZS