SOTA Activation Reports 2007 (2)

SOTA Activation Reports 2007

Activation reports previously submitted  to the Summits On The Air Reflector

6th January 2007 TW-004 Bishops Wilton Wold

The Unlucky Break

Bishop Wilton Wold G/TW-004 is the highest point of the Yorkshire Wolds and the summit is known locally as Garrowby Hill. The A166 passes straight over the top and as a SOTA summit must class as about as easy as they come.

Unlike Friday, Saturday 6th January 2007 started well and we were on the road a lot earlier than planned. The journey seemed to be over before we had started and the sat nav told us we were very close to the true summit but we could not see the trig anywhere. We pulled up in a convenient lay-by, which we knew was in the massive activation area and Helen jumped out with the handheld to work M3LUH/P on 2 metres for a summit to summit and then spoke to Chris 2E0FSR who told us that the trig point was on private land the other side of the hedge from where we had parked.

We set up the HF antenna with the mast cable tied to a fence post taking that extra bit of care to avoid some overhead power lines. Calls on 5mHz brought a crop of the usual suspects starting with Paul G0HNW but there was no response at all on 7mHz probably due to a high level of activity and a noisy band. By 12:10z we were packed up and on the road again.

After spending the day visiting some of Helen’s relatives in the area we had a nice meal in a local hostelry and returned to try out the Jacuzzi. On exiting the hot tub I went to have a shower but when the hot water hit me I blacked out and awoke in agony on the floor, having demolished the shower cubical and, as I was later to find out, breaking a bone in my foot. A sad end to what was becoming a lovely relaxing weekend. No more activating for me for a while, but every cloud has a silver lining so no work either and lots of chaser points.

11:03zG4OWG/P5MHzSSBS2S with Roger on NP-008 Great Whernside
11:07zGW3RMD/P5MHzSSBS2S with Frank on NW-051 Foel Fenlli