I will be operating from Lulworth Ranges in Dorset on Saturday (IO80WP) and from Okeford Hill (5 miles West of Blandford Forum IO80UV) in Dorset on Sunday.
Hoping to have 146 DATV, 437 MHz DATV, 1255 MHz DATV, 2395 MHz DATV, 3405 MHz DATV, 5665 MHz FM TV (10 watts?) and 10370 DATV.
Talkback 144.75 FM or Zello.
So I have decided Sunday I will be on Dunstable Downs; most likely by 10.00am. At the moment I can only do 5GHz so it might be a quiet day; I will take a book to read.
Contact Zello, 144.750 or 07842 746338.
I will have 5665 MHz FM TV (10 watts) and 24046 MHz DATV
On Saturday, after my GB19CW operating stint ends, I am going to investigate a site with a takeoff east from the Cotswolds at IO91BX82
Talkback 07941541592 or Zello.
23, 13, 6, and 3cm FM 9cm digital.
Full of cold so not in shack most of the time but will have Zello on ATV North East and Zello GB3KM
if anyone wants to try
On Saturday I went to Walbury Hill near Newbury (IO91GI) where it was blowing a gale but dry.
The highlight was working David M0YDH on Clee Hill in Shropshire on 70cms. The lowlights were not working G8GKQ on 146, 3.4 and 5.6 due to equipment failures and not managing a QSO on 10Ghz as I could not hold the dish steady enough in the wind! Also failed to work Gareth G4XAT on 5.6Ghz over an optimistic path from south London but I did see a drone on 5665MHz so I knew the gear was working!
I then drove 120 miles down to Dunkery Beacon near Minehead where both the weather and QSO success rate was much better!
The highlight was working Dave G4FRE on Clee Common near Cheltenham on 5.6 and 24GHz. At 136.8Km this is a new 24GHz DATV world record!
I also worked G4KLB/P in the KLB radio car, G8GKQ and G8BVK on multiple bands and Adrian G4UVZ on 10GHz over a very obstructed path.
Again, dissapointed by the lack of stations on the air - I can name at least 10 stations who were within range on the 2 days I was out. What do we have to do to encourage people to get on air - it really is true, we will loose it if you don't use it And it's not enough to just listen on 144.750 - nobody will ever hear you!
Not expecting to do as well as last year but overall an enjoyable weekend and the lesson learnt was less time looking at Oscar 100 and more time prepping for the contest would have helped!
Noel - G8GTZ