Yaesu FT-270 vs Baofeng UV5R on Butser Hill 2

Yaesu FT-270 vs Baofeng UV5R on Butser Hill
Butser Hill (G/SE-004) was to be my 3rd and final SOTA activation of this day’s tour of Southern English summits. After the HF issues on Black Down (G/SE-003) previously, I decided to activate this summit on 2m FM only. Summit Factfile G/SE-004 – Butser Hill – 270m Latitude: 50 58 40 N, Longitude: 0 58 49 W Grid Reference: SU 716203, QTH Locator: IO90MX Parking: SU7117 2001 (N50:58:31, W0:59:15) – £3 pay & display! Trig: TP0316 – Butser WAB: SU72 ...

2m SOTA Activation of Botley Hill (G/SE-005) 1

2m SOTA Activation of Botley Hill (G/SE-005)
On Sunday the 2nd of August I had an opportunity to activate 3 SOTA summits in the South of England. The YL was taking part in the 100 mile Prudential Bike Race going through London and Surrey. This involved an early start, leaving our home QTH at 5:30am. After dropping her off in Hackney I ...

SOTA Activation of a Cloudy Worcestershire Beacon 1

SOTA Activation of a Cloudy Worcestershire Beacon
The SOTA summit of Worcestershire Beacon (G/WB-009) was to be my last of two summits before heading to the Nozstock music festival about 30 minutes drive away in Herefordshire. This day had been defined by heavy rain and things were no different when I arrived! Parking Tip: I parked for free in the lay by ...

SOTA Activation of Tor y Foel (GW/SW-013)

SOTA Activation of Tor y Foel (GW/SW-013)
Tor Y Foel (GW/SW-013) is 551m high and worth 2 SOTA points. I activated it on the last day (31st of May) of a long weekend in the Brecon Beacons. We had been in the Brecons for 3 days and had done 3 long walks (and 3 SOTA activations!), so this one had to be ...

SOTA Activation of Pen Y Fan (South Britain’s Highest Summit)

SOTA Activation of Pen Y Fan (South Britain's Highest Summit)
Me and the YL drove over to the Brecon Beacons at the end of May for a long weekend of walking and I managed to squeeze in a few SOTA activations as well… in fact one every day we were there! We woke up early on the 28th of May and drove from Hertfordshire to ...

SOTA Activation of Fan Fawr (GW/SW-005)

SOTA Activation of Fan Fawr (GW/SW-005)
Fan Fawr (GW/SW-005, 734m ASL, 6 points) was my third of four SOTA activations during a long weekend break with my YL in the Brecon Beacons. It was luckily part of a larger walk like all of my other activations over this weekend… chance or good planning 😉 We started from the glacial valley at ...

SOTA Activation of Waun Rydd (GW/SW-004)

SOTA Activation of Waun Rydd (GW/SW-004)
I climbed Waun Rydd on the 29th of May with my YL as part of an all day walk during a long weekend in the Brecon Beacons. Waun Rydd is at 769m ASL & worth 6 SOTA points, so inevitably involves a proper hike up. There’s no roads leading up here so you have to don ...

VHF Field Day with the Drowned Rats Contest Group

VHF Field Day with the Drowned Rats Contest Group
On the weekend of 4th-5th of July I joined the Drowned Rats Contest Group for the RSGB VHF National Field Day. This was all part of my 2015 amateur radio target of working with VHF. Radio clubs and contest groups all around the UK setup stations in fields, running entirely from non-mains power sources, mostly using ...

SOTA Activation of High Willhays (My Nemesis) 2

SOTA Activation of High Willhays (My Nemesis)
My nemesis.. the High Willhays (G/DC-001 – 4 points) in Devon had haunted me since my botched activation last November. Previously I’d chosen to drag my XYL up in terrible conditions, was massively unprepared (no maps!) and ended up activating Yes Tor, which I later found out was not even valid for SOTA, add to ...

Sporadic E on Beacon Batch Summit

Sporadic E on Beacon Batch Summit
After a fantastic English Breakfast at my nearby B&B (Colliters B&B – right next to Dundry Down summit, which I had activated the previous evening) I drove for 20 minutes to Beacon Batch (G/SC-003). I chose to park in the car park at ST489581, but you can also park nearer to the start of the ...