|Posted on May 9, 2010 at 8:27 AM|
Spent most of yesterday trying to avoid being blown off a hill! Although pretty to look at, and a very sunny day, at around 1700ft those North Pennine hills are extremely windy! - The reason for the trip was to try out a 9ft whip antenna. At times its appearance resmbled a loop such was the ferocity of the wind and the flexibilty of the top section! Paradoxically (is that a word?) once inside the vehicle, the wind was gone and the sun warmed the car. Such is the joys of hill-topping.
I struggled to light the stove for the kettle - well it lit, but the wind savaged the flame. No shelter up there so carefully used the boot of the car!
The 9ft whip works extremely well on RX - not so sure about TX, but I was using a mere 4w from the Maycom and it seemed everyone I spoke to used a whole lot more - inc. those who couldn't hear me! - Oh well.