Walbury Hill 2018

G/SE-001 – VHF NFD

VHF field day (NFD) seemed like a good time to activate Walbury hill again and at the same time enter the next backpackers contest.  Unfortunately when the day came around it did not work out as planned.  NFD started at 15:00 on the Saturday and almost immediately I heard a strong signal giving out the locator IO91gi which is Walbury Hill.  I quickly established who it was on the hill and realised there was no way I was going to be able to enter the backpackers contest from the same hill.  Instead, I relocated my backpacker entry to Granham hill nearer home and rearranged my SOTA activation for 15:00 on the Sunday when the NFD finished.

I met up with Ken at the car park for the walk up to the trig point.  Unfortunately we were busy chatting and missed the gate into the field so had to backtrack a little.  The NFD station had set up near the trig point so we detoured over to say hello before heading for the trig point.  Once again I set up next to the trig point and soon had seven contacts in the log.  With the point in the bag I packed up and gave Ken a hand trying to operate on 20m before returning back along the same route we arrived on.

Journey Details

Date – 8th July 2018

Postcode – RG17 9EL

Parking – SU 370 620

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 50W PA on 2m

Antenna – 2 ele yagi

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 7

SOTA points – 1

Group – Myself and Ken


Walking Route Summary

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