SOTA Activation Reports 2008 (1)

SOTA Activation Reports 2008
Activation reports previously submitted  to the Summits On The Air Reflector

9th February 2008 G/SP-004 Shining Tor

Shine On Me

For some time now I have been saying that “one day the sun would shine on me” and Saturday 9th February proved to be the first time in a long while that it had. It always seems to be nice when I am working and horrid when I am off.

I had suggested to Helen GW7AAU that we should activate a couple of Welsh Border summits, but we had a Geocoin to drop off and having already found two caches on Shining Tor she decided we would pay a return visit and as it were ‘kill two birds’.

I already had a handful or two of chaser points before we started off at 1145 and no sooner than we were mobile than I started to add to the tally. First up was Ian 2W0EDX on GW/NW-044 Moel Famau who I worked from the A5117. On the M56 I was surprised to hear the sound of Glyn normally GM4CFS, who had made us so welcome during our Scottish trip last summer, calling CQ from G/LD-003 Helvellyn. Five miles from home and twelve points already! Unfortunately I missed another 10 pointer when a station on the Wirral beat me to it, by the time that contact finished I could no longer hear the NW summit. Much gnashing of teeth ensued but the sun was shining and I was not going to let it bother me, after all two small pencils are almost as good as one big one and twice as useful.


Just before arriving in EYP country I managed to bag Clive M1YAM on G/NP-015 Great Knoutberry Hill for the second time that day (I had caught him on G/NP-004 Whernside earlier). Driving through Macclesfield my hopes for an interesting activation were sparked as we heard a French station on S20 (145.500mHz FM) and we were as ‘in the houses’ as you could get, not really the place you expect DX while mobile on two metres.

The stroll up Shining Tor was a most pleasant one and I was surprised at my level of fitness. After the broken ankle last January and the Christmas indulgences I had undone almost two years of dieting, exercise and weight loss so I expected to be puffing and panting, but I was pleasantly surprised to get almost to the summit before I needed to catch my breath. Lots of work to do before I tackle any real hills and the lung capacity needs to improve but I had found it even easier than the last time I did SP-004.

At the top while I waited for the muggles to clear I had lunch and then while Helen sorted out the Geocache I set up the station. Helen worked two metres FM while I started on five megs. First up was a summit to summit with Norman GM4IUS with Steve GM7SRJ on GM/SS-015 Ben Chonzie followed by most of the usually suspects, a total of 17 contacts. Helen managed 19 contacts also starting with a summit to summit with Ian 2W0EDX on GW/NW-051 Foel Fenlli. She also has S2S contacts with Jeff MW3SFN on GW/NW-033 Tarren y Gesail and Martyn 2E0RSM on G/NP-016 Dodd Fell Hill. None of the EU stations we hoped for appeared on two metres and when I QSYed to 40m I found wall to wall contest stations and gave it up as a bad job.

At 1520 hrs we packed up and headed for SP-013 Gun.


Logs 

Date:09/Feb/2008 Summit:G/SP-004 (Shining Tor) Call Used:G7AAV/P Points: 2 Bonus: 3   

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

14:17z

GM4IUS/P

5MHz

SSB

S2S GM/SS-015 Ben Chonzie

14:19z

GM7SRJ/P

5MHz

SSB

S2S GM/SS-015 Ben Chonzie

14:21z

G3RMD

5MHz

SSB

 

14:22z

G0TRB

5MHz

SSB

 

14:23z

GW0WTT

5MHz

SSB

 

14:25z

G0RQL

5MHz

SSB

 

14:26z

GW0VMZ

5MHz

SSB

 

14:27z

G8ADD

5MHz

SSB

 

14:28z

G6MZX

5MHz

SSB

 

14:29z

M1MAJ

5MHz

SSB

 

14:30z

GM7PKT

5MHz

SSB

 

14:32z

M1DHA

5MHz

SSB

 

14:33z

G0HNW

5MHz

SSB

 

14:34z

G4JZF

5MHz

SSB

 

14:35z

G4ZRP

5MHz

SSB

 

14:38z

G0NES

5MHz

SSB

 

14:50z

G4NQX

5MHz

SSB

 

Date:09/Feb/2008 Summit:G/SP-004 (Shining Tor) Call Used:G7AAU/P Points: 2 Bonus: 3

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

14:15z

2W0EDX/P

144MHz

FM

S2S GW/NW-051 Foel Fenlli

14:21z

G1INK

144MHz

FM

 

14:22z

M1DAP

144MHz

FM

 

14:24z

MW3SFN/P

144MHz

FM

S2S GW/NW-033 Tarren y Gesail

14:25z

M3MVN

144MHz

FM

 

14:27z

2E0FJS

144MHz

FM

 

14:28z

GW0DSP

144MHz

FM

 

14:29z

G4JNN

144MHz

FM

 

14:30z

G4JZF

144MHz

FM

 

14:32z

M3XYY

144MHz

FM

 

14:33z

G0UIQ

144MHz

FM

 

14:35z

2E0PLB

144MHz

FM

 

14:37z

G0BHD

144MHz

FM

 

14:39z

G7ODB

144MHz

FM

 

14:42z

2E0RSM/P

144MHz

FM

S2S G/NP-016 Dodd Fell Hill

14:45z

GW4BVE

144MHz

FM

 

14:47z

G7GQF

144MHz

FM

 

14:49z

G3SIQ

144MHz

FM

 

14:55z

M3PYA

144MHz

FM

 

15:00z

G8BEQ

144MHz

FM

 


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