We are staying at the foot of Hardown Hill in the town of Whitchurch Canonicorum. The first evening, I hiked to the summit to check out an operating site, there was a good one at a bench on the top.
Set off the next morning with the HFgear, a nice walk along country lanes. This is an approach from the north. Up Ryall Road to Crooked Lane
Taylors Lane meets up with /Pitman’s Lane/Loscombes Well Road. According to the map there are two footpaths to choose, the first unmarked one seemed to go close to a house so I took the next one a couple hundred yards further east which was well sign posted:
Set up on the bench, antenna system a efhw with a Mountain Tuner and Minipole from SOTAbeams. I had tested this with my HB1B in St Albans, I had been picked up by a Finish RBN skimmer so I knew it worked. Just as advertised, you just adjust the capacitor for maximum receive noise and it works!
CQ on 20m, quick QSOs with two Czech stations on 14.062, then a Russian station. Called CQ for a while with no more takers, some digital interference started up so shifted to 14.0595. This was much better with 8 more chasers in Hungary, Germany, Poland and Spain.
20m CW: OK2PDT OK1DVM RA1QEA HA4TJ DL8DXL DL3HXX EA2LU EA2DT SP9AMH DL2HWI EA2GM
Thank you all for a great activation! It was particularly nice to work EA2LU since I have worked him from California, I think I have also worked EA2DT from California too.
Beautiful purple gorse in bloom
73! Hal N6JZT
I looked to find parking spots
You could park here at the intersection of Crooked Lane and Goodens Hill across from the white house, the resident of the white house parks here so if you do leave him some room,,,
A great spot is 100 yards up along Goodens Hill from the white house, and on the right, I would park here (Lat 50.749124, Long -2.855155), marked “P” on the map below. The arrow shows the footpath I took.