Wednesday, 9 August 2017

G/SE-013 Detling Hill & G/SE-005 Botley Hill

G/SE-013 Detling Hill & G/SE-005 Botley Hill

04/08/2017

Back on the hills

Our youngest son and fiancĂ©e had bought me a special gift for my birthday.  It was a trip on the Bluebell Railway and a visit to Wakehurst owned by the National Trust but used and managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  
Sheffield Park..our starting point on the Bluebell Line
Our Engine
On the move
As we were down in the South East of England I could not resist activating a few SOTA summits and trying to complete G/SE. It would also be chance to meet up with Barry M0IML once again and have a joint activation.  
 Barry M0IML at the Trig on Detling Hill

As these are easy summits a bit of QRO was the order of the day so I took my Yasesu FT857 with my lightweight 22Ah LiFePo4.  Val went Geocaching so as usual we started on 60m logging the ever  faithful  band of chasers.  Moving on to 40m we were chased by Juerg for an s2s…thanks Juerg ....and as the chasers dried up we went s2s hunting.
 Setting up...22Ah battery in my hand...it was seaside weather :)

Gerald had sent me a text that he was about to set up on summit which eventually resulted in a nice QSO with him before he spotted for his activation…thanks Gerald.
09:07z
G0FEX
5MHz
SSB
Ken
09:08z
G4ATX
5MHz
SSB
Phil
09:12z
M0JLA
5MHz
SSB
Rod
09:13z
G4IAR
5MHz
SSB
Dave
09:14z
EI9GLB
5MHz
SSB
Jim
09:15z
G4WSB
5MHz
SSB
Bill
09:19z
G4ZRP
5MHz
SSB
Brian
09:21z
G8ADD
5MHz
SSB
Brian
09:25z
G7DHW
5MHz
SSB
Dave WAB SX95
09:35z
OM1AX
7MHz
SSB
Vlado
09:37z
HB9BIN/P
7MHz
SSB
Juerg s2s
09:49z
IX1IHR
7MHz
SSB
Claudio
09:50z
PE1PIC
7MHz
SSB
KeesJan
09:55z
M1FHM/P
7MHz
SSB
Alan s2s
10:01z
HB9/PA3FYG/P
14MHz
SSB
Hans s2s
10:09z
HB9/IW3AGO/P
14MHz
SSB
Heinrich s2s
10:23z
DL/MOWML/P
7MHz
SSB
Gerald s2s
My Log

Barry sending a spot for me...

Unfortunately, Barry could not join me for Botley Hill but gave me directions on where to set-up within the massive activation zone but not far from the actual summit.  Gerald DL/M0WML/p and I had been communicating by text in between summits and we had a rough idea of our respective ETAs.  As I was early I spotted myself for 60m but surprisingly no takers to my CQ SOTA calls? I moved to 40m with a self spot…still no response?  Panic as Gerald was on his summit.  I had checked all the settings on the FT857 as we had been messing around with some of them on the previous summit to get cw operational.  By now Gerald was calling me (5/9+) and I was answering..nothing.  Eureka moment…change the microphone…bingo…Gerald came back with a 5/9…whew!... lucky I always carry a spare mic.  I left Gerald to his pile-up and moved lower down on 40m…thanks to Juerg for another s2s.  I finished the activation with another visit to 60m…more success this time :)
13:55z
DL/M0WML/P
7MHz
SSB
Gerald s2s
13:59z
OE5AUL
7MHz
SSB
Peter
14:01z
G0TDM
7MHz
SSB
John
14:02z
DK2RZ/M
7MHz
SSB
Wolf
14:03z
EA2CKX
7MHz
SSB
Pedro
14:03z
EA2DT
7MHz
SSB
Manuel
14:04z
DJ3GG
7MHz
SSB
Rudi
14:05z
DJ2NO
7MHz
SSB
14:06z
HB9BIN/P
7MHz
SSB
Juerg s2s
14:07z
G0RQL
7MHz
SSB
Don
14:07z
EA3EVL
7MHz
SSB
Pablo
14:08z
IN3XUG
7MHz
SSB
Walter
14:14z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don
14:15z
M0JLA
5MHz
SSB
Rod
14:19z
G0FEX
5MHz
SSB
Ken
 My Log from Botley Hill

As my back is a lot better now I’ll be back on the Welsh summits next week if the WX improves.

Activation set up:-  (HF) Yaesu FT857 (22Ah LiFePo4), Antenna - 3 band link dipole (60/40/20 (+15m extensions +80m loading coils),  Antenna support - 7m Fishing pole.

Thanks everyone for the contacts

73 Allan GW4VPX & Barry M0IML