SOTA Activation of Plynlimon During Storm Desmond 1

SOTA Activation of Plynlimon During Storm Desmond
Have you ever activated a SOTA summit during a storm? No , me neither, until today! Turns out the storm even had a name, unknown to me then, Storm Desmond! I had a day’s annual leave to use up at work so I decided to visit Mid-Wales, booked some time ago so I didn’t really ...

Tough SOTA Activation of Wentwood (GW/SW-033) 1

Tough SOTA Activation of Wentwood (GW/SW-033)
This was a harder activation than I had anticipated. I chose to activate Wentwood (GW/SW-033) on my way home from the Brecon Beacons. I had done 4 major summits in the last two days so I was looking forward to an easy one pointer to round things off. Summit Details GW/SW-033 – Wentwood – 309m, 1 point Latitude: 51 38 39 N, Longitude: 2 51 9 W Grid Reference: ST 411943, QTH Locator: IO81NP Parking: Park in the car park (within activation zone – ...

6m Antenna Options for Portable Use 11

6m Antenna Options for Portable Use
I’m a fan of the 6m band. It fascinates and frustrates me in equal measures, which is part of its appeal. It’s unpredictable, you can be working local stations within 50km of your QTH for some time and then all of a sudden a Portugese station will call you and they’re 59+40dB drowning out anything ...

Birthday SOTA Activation of Kinder Scout (G/SP-001) 2

Birthday SOTA Activation of Kinder Scout (G/SP-001)
Me and The YL went up to the Peak District to celebrate my birthday. Inevitably I ended up doing two activations on the Saturday (this one and Shining Tor), while mostly out for a nice long walk. I only took a 2m FM equipment, utilising my trusty Yaesu FT-270 with the SOTABeams MFD dipole, making ...

A Raid on 5 Welsh SOTA Summits in One Day

A Raid on 5 Welsh SOTA Summits in One Day
On Saturday 17th of October I drove from my home QTH in Hertfordshire to the south of Wales for some Summits On The Air fun. This year I’ve been to GW/SW quite a bit and have activated all the large summits in the Brecon Beacons. This trip was focused on the smaller 1 point summits ...

One of the Best – SOTA Activation of Shining Tor 1

One of the Best - SOTA Activation of Shining Tor
This was my second and final summit of the day (15th August) in the Peak District after activating Kinder Scout (G/SP-001) earlier in the day. Me and the YL arrived at the Cat & Fiddle pub car park at about 7pm, with the intention of a short walk and activation on Shining Tor before grabbing ...

2m SOTA Activation of Black Down (G/SE-003) 2

2m SOTA Activation of Black Down (G/SE-003)
The SOTA summit of Black Down (G/SE-003) was my second of three summits on Sunday the 2nd of August. I headed here straight from my activation of Botley Hill (G/SE-005). This summit is another pretty flat summit, I can imagine the activation zone is quite wide. I chose to operate from the well hidden trigpoint ...

SOTA Activation of Cleeve Hill on 2m FM

SOTA Activation of Cleeve Hill on 2m FM
Cleeve Hill (G/CE-001 – 330m) was my first of two summits on this wet Friday in July before heading to a music festival for the weekend in Herefordshire. The 2 hour drive from Hertfordshire was depressingly grey and the rain incessant. Predictably nothing changed when I pulled up into the car park (N51:55:16 W2:00:34) near ...

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 ...

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 ...