Encouraged by the Trans Atlantic QSOs the previous day on Callow Hill, I set out to activate Brown Clee Hill again, one of the 2 SOTA Summits I can see from my house 🙂
After parking next to the phone box / library as normal, I kitted up and walked up the bridleway, being somewhat surprised to find 2-3 foot snowdrifts at the top!
Successfully circumventing these, and finding the bog at the top pleasantly frozen over 🙂 I eventually made it to the top.
I quickly setup the 44′ Norcal Doublet on the fishing pole and plugged it into the 817ND. Then… I couldn’t find the cable to connect the rig to the 7AH SLAB.. Quickly remembering it was still lying on the hall floor back at home 🙁 GAH!!
It seemed that the internal batteries were fully charged in the rig, so I thought I’d give it a go, at 2.5W SSB, HF only, not wishing to take it all apart again, go home, return, and repeat the procedure!
I struggled to add a spot to sotawatch, adding ‘quick activation only 2.5W’ to it!
The rig managed to last an hour and a quarter (probably longer, but 2.5W wasn’t getting heard to most places) and 21 QSOs, including 2 Trans Atlantic ones again 🙂 One of whom called later, wanting to confirm that I was, in fact, running 2.5W!
Many thanks to all the chasers:
|12:39z||N4EX||14MHz||SSB||Richard NC USA|
|12:40z||OK2BUT||14MHz||SSB||Jan Czech Republic|
|12:44z||W4ZV||14MHz||SSB||Bill NC USA|
|13:00z||G4ZRP||7MHz||SSB||Brian NW England|
Struggling to get any more contacts, it was time to pack it all away, and negotiate the snow drifts back down to the comfort of the car!