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 ...

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 ...

SOTA Activation of Long Knoll (G/SC-007)

SOTA Activation of Long Knoll (G/SC-007)
This was my 4th SOTA activation over a long weekend visiting family in the South West. I stopped off at Long Knoll on my way back from my niece’s 5th Birthday Party in Torquay on my way to pick up my XYL from Basingstoke Train Station. The length of time I could spend on the ...

VHF SOTA Failure on Dundry Down 7

VHF SOTA Failure on Dundry Down
I drove to Dundry on the 25th of June after work and stayed at the Collisters B&B which is 6 minutes drive away from Dundry Down (G/SC-010). The plan was to activate the summit in the evening, stay at the B&B overnight and drive 25 mins to Beacon Batch (G/SC-003) after breakfast the next day. ...

Testing 6m Tonna Yagi in UKAC Contest 4

Testing 6m Tonna Yagi in UKAC Contest
Some people have requested the 6m Tonna manual – I have uploaded scans of what I have (page 1, page 2, assembly diagram) – sorry about the quality but the print I have is a photocopy already! Last night I tested my new 5 element Tonna Yagi for the 6m band. I entered the RSGB UKAC 6m ...