Summer solstice 2013, and there was an unofficial SOTA Summer Solstice event, hopefully to grab a load of summit to summits!
I made my way up to Long Mynd Pole Bank, G/WB-005, not really fancying a long walk 🙂 I parked up at the small car park at Pole Cottage, and took the short walk along the road, bearing left along the Shropshire Way to the trig point.
Despite being ‘Mid Summers day’, it was rather chilly to say the least, my hands had turned blue by the end of the fairly short activation!
Only 2M was used, 5W from the ft817nd into my home brew coaxial colinear, the bottom metre or so lying on the ground as the fishing pole bent so much in the wind!
All contacts on 2M FM using 5W:
|20:10z||G0IBE/P||144MHz||FM||s59+ r59 Richard on G/CE-001|
|20:12z||2E0XYL||144MHz||FM||Karen s55 r53|
|20:15z||2W0TDX/P||144MHz||FM||s59+ r 59 Neil on GW/SW-010|
|20:20z||G6LUZ||144MHz||FM||s59+ r53 Steve in Crewe|
|20:20z||M0NTC||144MHz||FM||s59+ r59+ Gez in Dudley|
|20:22z||2W0WDS/P||144MHz||FM||s41 r59 Wayne on GW/NW-075|
|20:23z||G6ODU||144MHz||FM||s41 r51 Bob in Ormskirk|
|20:25z||G8IYE||144MHz||FM||s59+ r59+ Jess, Clee Hill|
|20:26z||G1ZAR/P||144MHz||FM||s59+ r59+ Stuart on G/CE-004|
|20:26z||M0JLA||144MHz||FM||s59+ r55 Rod in Hereford|
|20:28z||G7SET||144MHz||FM||s59+ r55 Andy in Redditch|
|20:38z||G0FBO||144MHz||FM||s56 r58 Clive in Brownhills|
|20:41z||M1EYP/P||144MHz||FM||Tom on G/SP-015|
|20:42z||G8XYJ||144MHz||FM||s59+ r59 Matt in Ludlow|
By now it was getting very cold and gloomy, I packed up, removing several small caterpillars from the equipment! and made my way back the short way to the car.
Oh, and 2 points! Marvellous!