A rather windy Binsey LD-041 / LDW-190 and Faulds Brow LD0-060. Sat 7th Oct 2023.
I had planned on doing a higher summit but because of the low cloud and wind I decided to try and meet Reg 2E0LDF and Phil M0AYB who had alerted for Binsey. I drove to the parking place and as I parked up I saw them starting off up Binsey. I gave a call on s20 to see if Reg was monitoring and he came back to me. They very kindly said I could join them on the walk so I got sorted out and walked up with them.
The cloud level was very low and it was windy. However on the summit it was very strong. Reg had an Anemometer for measuring wind speed and it was gusting up to nearly 60 mph.
Phil had brought a 9 element beam which he put together and guyed. No easy task given the wind!
We started using Reg’s radio which was putting out around 15 watts but sadly after 2 contacts it went dead. The battery was suspected so we used my FT1D after that.
The following stations were worked on 2m FM:-
2 Contacts were made on 2m C4FM:-
After operating for nearly an hour we decided to call it a day. Conditions were awful although it did not rain.
The activation was a great success in spite of the weather. Unfortunately, we did not get any summit to summits but got plenty of contacts. I have done Binsey twice before but the last time was 12 years ago, and I had forgotten what a nice hill it is. A very easy ascent and had the weather been good, excellent views from the top.
Many thanks to Reg 2E0LDF and Phil M0AYB for the company. After that we went to Mae’s tearooms and gallery in Udale and what a great place it was. It used to be an old Victorian school Phil informed me.
Trig point on Binsey.
Reg 2E0LDF measuring wind speed.
9 Element beam being guyed.
9 element beam
Ready to descend back to the cars.
After that I went and activated Faulds Brow as I was passing it. I made 4 contacts from there. These were:-
M0YDH/P on Raven Crag LDW-186.
I spoke with David M0YDH the following day and he told me I was the only contact he made from Raven Crag so I was really pleased with that.
73’s Geoff GM4WHA