Saturday 14th wasn't much better, between 9am and about 3:30pm there was one single station - G6ZET in the Lancaster area.
Not long ago I was in the local Poundland and spotted some rechargeable USB power banks.
CQ calls heard on 145.500, at home, Sunday 8/1/17 (the whole day apart from when I was using the radio):
GM3VMB - Annan
The area round Gretna and Annan is a good VHF path for me, over just the highest points of the Lake District fells.
M6VMS/P on SOTA G/LD-018 Stony Cove Pike
2E0DVV - Ulverston
G8INU - Blackpool area
G8BEK - Burnley
I also do quite well towards Burnley, Walney Island being as far back as possible from the Forest Of Bowland probably helps.
Well here's the first post of 2017. Yesterday my Baofeng GT-3 mk2 handheld arrived. Still need to set up the memories properly - it's recognised as a UV5R in CHIRP but different firmware so other Baofeng images don't work with it.
The programming software mini CD that came with it couldn't be read by 2 different CD drives but it's easy enough to get online or just use CHIRP.