If at first you don’t succeed…….
My first attempt at activating Brown Clee Hill was a total failure!. I blame Bradley Wiggins and his Tour de France win, which was the same Sunday.. The result was a whole 2 QSOs on 20M, and nothing at all on 2M..
So, it was time to try again
Saturday 18th August saw me jumping in the car for the short journey (for me anyway!) to the parking spot at SO585868. Actually I parked on the hill just above the phone box, maybe I should have parked at the gate, to take 50 yards or so off the walk Grabbing the stuff, I set off up the lane and through the gate.
Just through the gate there’s a nice sign…
2 minutes to Brown Clee Hill! Yay!
Remember, you’re not a horse!
Consequently, it’s going to take a tad more than 2 minutes to get up there.. Actually, I’m not sure a horse can get up there in 2 minutes, but who am I to doubt the sign maker?
It’s a bit of a slog really, most of the time in a dip between the hill and a grassy bank, lots of sheep, a lot of rubble, and quite a bit of animal poo….. but nice views to the west towards Wales. But within about 15-20 minutes I was at the top of the ‘climb’ at the gate where you turn left and navigate your way across a bit of boggy terrain.. At least from here you can see the masts, and you can see where you’re going to!
Ambling up the gentle slope, I heard 2E0CHV/P calling from The Stiperstones. Unfortunately, at this point I wasn’t within the activation zone, so I left a reply until later.
By 16:20 I was ready, 4 sections if the fishing pole with the 2M SOTAbeam on top with the 817nd attached. I heard 2E0CHV/P calling again, and answered, giving me my first contact.
Closely followed by M0IBC in Rowley Regis who kindly spotted me on SOTAwatch. This resulted in a further 5 contacts, meaning I’d bettered the 2 from the last time!
All contacts on 2M FM, I did try 2M SSB, but failed to make any contacts whatsoever.. never mind.
Many thanks to the following:
|2E0CHV/P||16:20z||Simon, Stiperstones (G/WB-003)||2M||FM|
|M0IBC||16:40z||Dave, Rowley Regis||2M||FM|
|G8ILP/A||16:55z||Tim, Ross on Wye||2M||FM|
|GW0HUS||17:20z||Graham, Moel y Crio||2M||FM|
I thought about doing some HF, but after getting the link dipole out and finding it was more tangled than a tangled thing from the planet tangled, I threw it back in the back pack and packed up!
It was a lot easier walking back down! A very nice afternoon in the sunshine really!