16th October 2005 - GW/NW-070 Great Orme.
As one or two of you may know I had been somewhat inactive in the realm of amateur radio for a number of years and turning out with Flintshire Raynet had covered most of my operating. Due to the change in the licensing, that allowed the old B classes access to HF, my interest was rekindled and I burst back on to the airwaves with a desire to make up for lost time. HF was/is fun and I started to collect DXCC, Lighthouses, Castles and Islands on the Air before discovering SOTA.
I was 17 and a half stone and had just been relieved to find that a dodgy trace on a heart monitor during a works medical was down to the equipment and my heart was okay. Everything was okay but that was no reason to be complacent, I needed to get fit. My wife, children and I already started cycling and swimming. SOTA reminded me just how much my XYL and I had loved walking prior to the kids. I wanted to get out and activate but I would have struggled and not enjoyed it. I started a diet and with the family started a training plan and graduated slowly from walking along the flat on beach fronts to doing Moel Arthur and each time I took the radio and worked a few activators.
I enjoyed it but my equipment wasn't up to much. I needed to spend a few bob. At the Llandudno rally I started to assemble my arsenal. The Sandpiper delta quad for 2m/70cm and a roach pole where high on my list of priorities. Various other bits of kit where sourced and a suggestion made to the XYL that I would like an FT-817 for Christmas. I didn't hold out much hope but Helen is licensed (GW7AAU) and had seen the 817 and was impressed.
Thanks to Noel Walley (email@example.com) for use of his photos on this page.
Please visit his site at http://www.greatorme.org.uk/