Elecraft KX3 & SOTA Activation (G/CE-005) on 60m 3

Today I grabbed 1.5 hours to activate my local SOTA summit of Wendover Woods (G/CE-005). The day started out with heavy rain up until midday, but after this the sun came out and it was a lovely winters afternoon. Today I cheated and drove up almost to the road nearest the trig point.

Parking Tip: Just before the Aston Hill Mountain Biking car park there’s a lay by (nearest postcode is HP22 5NQ) where you can park for free. The trig point is a 3 minute walk from here! The official summit is over near the Cafe in the Woods, where it costs to park. The activation point there is not as suitable for HF activations (busy, boggy and trees make putting out a dipole difficult!)

I chose the Aston Hill trig point for my activation, the field was a lot muddier than the last time I was here and was water logged in places, considering the heavy rain overnight this wasn’t a surprise! I chose to set up on the actual Trigpoint itself to keep everything clear of the mud:

 

In between operating I made a video showing the summit and equipment I used:

The QSO’s

I chose the 60m band as I find it good for SOTA activations and easier as a QRP operator for inter-G contacts than 40m. Sometimes 40m can be a challenge because of its popularity; it’s difficult to find a clear frequency and keep it going using 5w SSB!

My operating was relaxed and I enjoyed a number of rag chews on 60m before trying my luck on 40m for a bit. I made 23 QSO’s (thanks to the chasers) in 1.5 hours of relaxed operating:

Time Call Band
14:40z GW0AGZ 5MHz
14:41z M0MDA 5MHz
14:43z G4WSB 5MHz
14:44z G8VNW 5MHz
14:46z G0RQL 5MHz
14:53z G3RQZ 5MHz
14:56z PA0SKP 5MHz
15:01z G4EQS 5MHz
15:07z G4ZRP 5MHz
15:12z G4OBK 5MHz
15:26z G4FGJ 5MHz
15:30z MOIAA 5MHz
15:54z PA7ZEE 7MHz
15:55z MOIBC 7MHz
15:56z ON6ZQ 7MHz
15:57z G6TUH 7MHz
16:00z 2E0PJY 7MHz
16:01z ON5SWA 7MHz
16:03z DJ5AV 7MHz
16:05z M3FEH 7MHz
16:08z MM1AWV 7MHz
16:09z MOIML 7MHz
16:10z M6RDG 7MHz

 

Conclusion

This SOTA activation was short and unexpected but a lot of fun on a rare sunny winters day. The QSO’s were much more leisurely than normal which made a change and I made contact with a number of regular SOTA chasers which is always nice.

I intend to use this same site for future RSGB VHF UKAC contests, it is the highest point around after all!

3 thoughts on “Elecraft KX3 & SOTA Activation (G/CE-005) on 60m

  1. Reply Martin M0JZT Jan 25,2015 12:05

    I enjoyed the video, Wendover Woods was a hard activation for me but I did it from the summit in the tree’s. Good luck on the SOTA trail

    Martin
    M0JZT

    • Reply James Stevens Jan 25,2015 17:13

      Glad you enjoyed the video Martin, the activation zone near the summit cairn is a bad spot, too many trees and people. I activated it there only once, it was a beautiful summers day but I was stuck under a thick canopy of trees, in a bog, never again. If you do this again, try Aston Hill (at the trigpoint), it’s much nicer and easier πŸ˜‰

      Good luck on your future activation Martin, SOTA is quite addictive as I’m sure you’ve found out πŸ˜‰

      James M0JCQ

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