Welcome to another blog , we decided to head over the the North West of the UK via train which took just under 5 hours for a few days away in Blackpool and a excellent location for operating portable on the west coast . It was also my Birthday * 38 * although I look younger ; ) ... It was a early start around 05:30am for the alarm and out the hotel at 06:00am for a quick breakfast and then a walk down to Stargate in the south of Blackpool's Prom and the conditions where not 2 great although I could hear some VK and JA contacts plus a VA station very strong on the KX2 and InV Ant . but not giving up I kept trying and managed to work Jon VK7JON/M with a 4/1 report and gave him a 5/5 before a EU station started calling CQ . But it was a excellent contact and last worked Jon in VK6 via the shortpath but this was just over 15000 miles on 10w .
Later that morning I got the local bus service down to Lytham and operating from GFF-0145 SD32 Ribble coastline and started on 40m and then onto 20m and within the few hours of operating and using 2 internal packs , I worked 138 contacts around EU .
Very pleased with the day and for all the on air Birthday wishes and have a brilliant 3 days .
We have some more trips planned and many thanks once again 73 44 de Carl 2E0HPI
Also some images added :)