Another evening on Scout Scar HEMA/WOTA

Mike 2E0YYY let me know via messenger that after a bad start 20m seemed to be opening up in the afternoon yesterday, and with my daughter wanting to see her friends in Kendal I took the opportunity to take the FT-857, SotaBEAMS Band Hopper IV antenna and setup on the westerly edge of Scout Scar.

Scout Scar

WOTA ID: LDO-101 Height: 233 m (764 ft)
SOTA ID: n/a Grid ref: SD486919
HuMP ID: G/HLD-029 QTH Locator: IO84OH
Book: The Outlying Fells Lat: 54.319939 Long: -2.790296


I’d literally turned the radio on and tuned down the band around 10 Khz when I came across Helio PV8AL calling CQ from Brazil, and I was straight in there. I had to ask him to hold on whilst I found a pencil! Had a quick chat, he is always a big signal, then moved on. What a great start.

There were lots of folk walking along the Scar near my operating position so I had to break off several times to explain what I was doing. I messaged the HEMA Facebook Group (this is a joint WOTA/HEMA summit) and took a few calls on 80m from the regular chasers. Next time I will spot myself on the WOTA page as well. I had 2m with me and heard @G7CDA Douggie and @g1ohh Sue on a C4FM net which was just winding up, but didn’t end up having a 2m QSO even though I had the SlimJ up the mast. New DX entity for me Dominican Republic and actually a really nice chat with Mario HI8/HB9EMR to end the evening at just before 11pm local. The temperature held and the wind was calm, the icing on the cake being finally making the trip to KM1NDY Mindy who was jointly activating 10 point SOTA summit Whiteface Mountain W2/GA-003 at 1483m. Initially they were calling on 14.204 but I had a big Italian station on 14.205, then they moved to 14.230 which is in the image transfer section of the band. It didn’t seem to be bothering them but I had 59 QRM on and off, however with a bit of perseverance we got there.

19:16 PV8AL 14.295 20m SSB 57 57 Helio WX: 86 degF 95% humidity, MAS
19:25 S51DX 14.240 20m SSB 59 59 Yanis ANT: 5 Elem Yagi
19:29 F4GDO 14.214 20m SSB 59 59 John
19:49 2E0FEH 3.743 80m SSB 58 57 Kruger
19:50 G0RQL 3.743 80m SSB 59 59 ROOMES
19:51 G4IAR 3.743 80m SSB 59 59 BROOKS
19:52 MW0ISC 3.743 80m SSB 59 59 Charles
19:57 SV8/PH9HB 14.267 20m SSB 59 44 Gerry ANT: Dipole
20:01 K1GUY 14.175 20m SSB 59 59 STEINER
20:04 K1NH 14.175 20m SSB 59 59 LAVOIE
20:28 I2ROO 14.211 20m SSB 59 59 Robert WX: 27 degC, ANT: 2 Elem Delt
20:40 PZ2YT 14.287 20m SSB 59 58 Torres
21:00 KM1NDY 14.230 20m SSB 59 55 W2/GA-003 Hull SOTA: W2/GA-003
21:11 KB0MPV 14.303 20m SSB 59 55 Mike
21:13 DK5ONV/P 14.303 20m SSB 59 58 Gunter WX: 20 degC, ANT: End-Fed Inv
21:25 ON7DQ 14.303 20m CW 589 577 Decroos SKCC: 1490
21:51 HI8/HB9EMR 14.308 20m SSB 59 57 Mario ANT: Wire Dipole


European Contacts

US Contacts

Mindy on Whiteface Mountain

Longest contact of the evening with PV8AL


Good contacts Mark hf been poor here from home.