Tuesday 28 April 2015
Having got married on Friday 24 April 2015 me and my new wife headed off to Cornwall for a weeks holiday. Basing ourselves near St Agnes in mid Cornwall we were ideally located to cover most of the county. Our plan was to have no plan just go out each day and see where we ended up. However, interspersed with our non-plan was the plan to activate a handful of hills whilst in Cornwall. The first of these was Hensbarrow Beacon G/DC-004. My wife suggested we take a picnic to consume during the activation and wondered why I laughed, she was later to realise why!
Hensbarrow Beacon is located in the heart of the Cornish China Clay industry and is surrounded by slag heaps that dwarf the ‘summit’. The air is full of dust and fumes from the constant stream of lorries moving around the vicinity. Certainly not the prettiest summit I have activated and certainly not the best place for a picnic! Distance walked 0.28 miles ascent 56 feet.
Setting up shop close to the trig point I started on 60m SSB but only managed 1 QSO so a switch to 40m CW brought in a string of 10 QSO’s in 5 DXCC’s. Changing to 40m SSB secured a further 13 QSOs before the calls dried up. So it was back to the car and off to somewhere well away from here to enjoy our picnic.
FT-817 5 Watts plus 2Ah SLAB, linked dipole 60m, 40m & 20m and palm paddle keyer.