Thanks to all the chasers who worked me today [esp. Geoff G4WHA/M and John G0TDM who worked me on all six summits] and those who tried but couldn’t hear me (e.g. Phil, G4OBK, Mark M0NOM).
I had the J-pole at the top of my 7m pole on 5 of the 6 summits [it was raining at Naddle Horseshoe-1 so used the Diamond RH770 for a quick activation]. I even ‘defeated’ the squelch on my FT1D to see if there were any faint signals.
Thanks to Mark M0NOM for texting me about Richard M1HAX/P on Skiddaw [who was on 145.325 – I don’t normally check that far down the band].
I’m glad I managed to work David G6LKB/M from Harper Hills (LDO-045) as he told me he needed that summit.
I’ve had a bad back for several weeks. It’s mainly a problem whilst driving. Walking actually helps. But I wanted to keep the rucksack weight down and so the JetBoil stove and powerpack stayed at home. Without the latter my iPhone battery was running low towards the end. Knowing this to be a problem I avoided using the phone too much so didn’t attempt to self-spot via the WOTA website. I took only one photo – at the first summit, Naddle Horseshoe-3
There were partial blue skies and no wind at first but it quickly clouded over and by the 3rd summit (Naddle Horseshoe-2) the wind had picked up enough to blow my 7m pole over mid QSO [cos I hadn’t tied it properly to the little cairn]. Some patches of snow not melted. Not too much bog hopping and heather whacking - there are visible paths linking the 4 summits by the reservoir and a big ATV track between Harper Hills and Scalebarrow Knott. A pleasant day’s walking and activating, nothing too taxing.
For those who like to see the contacts, my logs are below: