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 ...

Fixing the Elecraft KX3 High SWR Issue 2

Fixing the Elecraft KX3 High SWR Issue
A couple of months ago I installed the 2m Module into my Elecraft KX3 and after the install everything worked as expected, that was until I arrived at a SOTA summit only to find a really high SWR on all of the HF bands. On 40M the SWR was crazy at 99.9-1 and slightly better ...

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 ...

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 ...