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SOTA - Good Friday G/LD-011 High Street

Sun, 03/04/2016 - 09:53 -- morganrushton

Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Weather forecast looking almost as grim as the anticipation of impending doom of tackling some DIY plumbing in our kitchen at some point - apart from Good Friday, which looked half decent.

Knowing I'd be awake at the normal 'weekday alarm time' (or a little earlier) we planned to make the most of the best day (weather-wise) and get out in the hills. I packed our gear up after returning from the club on Thursday night and started looking for a suitable summit to activate.

In the hills again - SOTA Activation - G/NP-010 Pen-Y-Ghent

Sat, 17/10/2015 - 09:30 -- morganrushton

I managed to activate Pen-Y-Ghent last weekend whilst out walking with friends. My first attempt to activate the summit earlier in the year using my Baofeng UV-5R on 2m came to nothing and it's been niggling me ever since.
One thing I've learned about SOTA activations is they don't always go to plan, the last time we were in the Yorkshire Dales on Ingelborough we had to abort due to an electrical storm (we'd actually made the summit and I was about to set up when a rumble of thunder had us scurrying off the top heading for lower ground).

Antenna Surgery - Saturday 3rd October 2015

Sat, 03/10/2015 - 14:24 -- morganrushton

A few club members popped round to help Mike G4IUF sort a few missing elements on his beam this morning. Big thanks to Mikes XYL for the refreshments and to David G3UNA and Roy 2E0RHH for helping out.
I'm sure we'll have a full explanation of the beams characteristics on Thursday at the club. In the meantime have a browse of the images from this morning - now there's an mast many of us dream of owning one day!
 
 

The Hills Are Alive! (First SOTA activation)

Sun, 16/08/2015 - 17:26 -- morganrushton

I became interested in radio earlier this year after a 20 odd year sabbatical and decided to take the exam and gain my licence to operate within the law. It wasn't long before I found the SOTA website  (Summits On The Air) and re-ignited another 'lost along the way' interest of mine - walking (not the general get from A to B type - proper walking, hills etc).

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