SOTA Activation Reports 2006 (7)

SOTA Activation Reports 2006
Activation reports previously submitted  to the Summits On The Air Reflector

27th August 2006 Binsey LD-041

Three summits in three days - Day  2


 Sunday started much the same as Saturday had, it was dull and overcast. We had revised our plans slightly and decided swap around the other two summits and do Binsey instead of Dufton Pike as we had put on the SOTA alerts page. Following G4OWG's instructions we parked at NY235351, which is close to Binsey cottage. Over the high stile next to the sheep pen and up the obvious track to the summit, you would have to try very hard to go wrong on this one. Unlike Cold
Fell this is a well-visited summit and was very busy with walkers coming and going. It was very windy but this is not a good vhf/uhf summit due to being almost in the shadow of the much higher Skiddaw and as expected my CQ calls went unanswered. 5mHz got me a handful of contacts starting with Rob G4RQJ/P on Red Screes for a summit to summit which are always the icing on the cake for me. Helen however wasn't happy with the roach pole mast in the wind and couldn't be
persuaded to come on the mike. She was right of course and the mast came crashing down. I worked Alistair GW0VMZ in Merthyr Tydfil S Wales with the dipole lying on the ground and then we slung the dipole roughly across the summit and I worked Don G0NES before we discovered a break in the antenna, which was repaired using the gas stove to melt the solder later, as a result of the mast collapse. Everyone was getting cold now so we made our way back to the car. Once just off the summit we were out of the wind again and the sun was quite warm making for a pleasant stroll. Our plans for the afternoon however came crashing down just like the mast as the heavens opened and the rain came in buckets on the drive back. Hadrian's Wall will have to wait for another time although we did manage a sneak peek at it later in the afternoon when it brightened up again. Binsey is a very pleasant little hill and I am surprised it has not been done more often, but don't bother if you want to just do two metres with a handheld, because unless you know are four SOTA stations on Skiddaw at the time you would have to be very lucky.


12:42zG4RQJ/P5MHzSSBS2S Rob on Red Screes LD-017