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The Fool On The Hill!

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.

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Reply Mark 26TM462
6:38 PM on May 9, 2010 
Hi Steve,

As you know, I was hearing ya ok. Good to make contact, and nice site, by the way!

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