Monday, 26 April 2010


Set off bright and early on Friday morning with the Sun shining and just a light breeze for the drive down to the Lizard. My plan was to spend a couple of hours birdwatching at the beautiful Kynance Cove, its a place where Dartford Warblers have been breeding for the past few years. Sadly I did not get to see any, but did manage my first distant Whimbrel of the year and also heard a Cuckoo calling. I then walked along the cliffs to get the pic for the blog,and had Wheatears, Meadow Pipits and Stonechats, so no exotic birds but the views more than made up for it.

At around 10.30am I arrived at Bass Point and soon after the others arrived and we set about getting the antennas erected and testing that everything was working properly. All this went with only minor hitches and we left by mid afternoon for home and a bit of relaxation before the early start on Saturday.

Arrived at Bass Point at 07.00 on Sat morning and after erecting one antenna which we dropped down on Friday afternoon for safety reasons we commenced operations at 08.00am. The day went very well with some good band conditions and a steady stream of Contacts. We worked stations all across Europe from Cyprus to Norway, Sweden and Finland and out into Western Russia and Siberia. On the Trans Atlantic front it was Eastern to Midwest USA, Canada, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and down to Barbados in the Caribbean. The only downside for me was when I popped out for some lunch and on arriving back Richard G3MRT said he had a lovely contact into St Johns Newfoundland, on looking in the log I saw it was an old friend Rick VO1SA whom I have not spoken to for a few years, and it was a pity to have missed him. So below are a few pics of the Lads during the day.

RICHARD G3MRT                                                GEOFF G0FHT AND KEITH M0RSJ



  1. I should imagine it is re-living your youth again. Obviously you all had a good time ...thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Lovely coverage Monty,scenic images are stunning.

  3. I have been there, interesting place that.

  4. Lovely scenery Monty and you had a good time chatting around the globe.

  5. Thank you for the reminder of how beautiful the Cornish coast is, I have a twinge of homesickness.
    What fun to make contact around the world!
    Sunny :)

  6. Nice one Monts. I only ever got as far as muppet status on 27Mhz (and with my Cobra 26-29Mhz)!! Also used to use 70.xMhz (NFM & AM) and 457.x (NFM) quite a lot :-)

    Lovely images of a great area.

    Cheers - Mark

  7. Hi Monty, It's lovely to be back :)

    What beautiful scenery! The sea is so blue. I haven't heard a Cuckoo at all yet and have to say I don't think I heard one here last year either.

    It sounds like you had a good day contacting people in so many parts of the world, it must be great fun.