Following a “proper” Lake District soaking on Binsey this Saturday, there is a serious need to question my sanity and inadequacy of the weather protection.
I wanted to test out my data system, so had a larger than usual pack with me.
The activation started well with a run of data contacts on 20m, followed by a rapid darkening of the sky, and the first spots of rain. As I had the kitchen sink, lucky anvil and QRO kit with me, I deployed a much carried, but seldom used 2 man bothy bag.
2 man could be a bit of an exaggeration on the packaging, as it was almost full with just the rucksack and equipment, leaving not a lot of room for me!
The rain started in earnest, and by stretching the bothy bag over the rucksack I managed to keep every thing dry, apart from the seat of my trousers which was now trying its best to save the saturated ground further soak away problems by exhibiting sponge like qualities and diverting the downpour into my boxers.
The second problem was trying to operate from what was in effect a soaking wet bag, only held up by my head, and the now “freshening” wind. I soon found the lock button on the 857 so at least the flapping bag stopped adjusting my dial frequency with each gust.
It was at this point that work decided to call me with an urgent out of hours problem to sort out, at least the rain was slowing, the summit was activated, and the whole one point claimed.
Gear packed, away to the car and that was the end of my day off.
For those much better equipped and qualified to work in foul weather, the minor inconvenience would probably have been better handled - I would like to be that person, any pointers, hints and tips much appreciated.
As a side note - I was running data to be a part of the flavour challenge, and yes, CW with an Altoids tin tx would have taken far less space to weather proof.
My questions to seasoned activators:
How do you cope with sitting in a bothy bag to operate?
If you dont use one, what do you use?
I was aware that the WX would change and did have coat, waterproof trousers etc, the onslaught came on so fast that I had to choose between keep kit dry, or put on the waterproof trousers, kit dry won on this occasion.