SOTA Activation Reports 2008 (10)

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


Devon and Cornwall summits March 2008

After our journey down we were in no mood for an early start but when we finally crawled from the pit we were greeted with stunning blue skies and so despite being sceptical of activating on a day when half the chasers would be at Blackpool rally the machine was set in motion and we headed for Kit Hill. 

16th March 2008 G/DC-003 Kit Hill

G/DC-003 Kit Hill, situated between Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor, is an excellent hill in a number of ways but the choice of car park is nice. If you are of average fitness you can choose to park in the bottom car park on a nice day and enjoy the walk from there. The less fit can choose to park at the top car park or there is a middle car park if you are somewhere in between or suspect the weather may be changeable.
There are dramatic views stretching across the Tamar Valley toward Dartmoor in the east and Plymouth and the sea to the south. There is a monument on the top of the summit that has been somewhat spoiled by the addition of a number of mobile phone masts and microwave dishes all held in place by rather unsightly steel bands around the brickwork. Kit Hill features a Neolithic Long Barrow dating back to about 3,000BC on its lower eastern slope, along with several Bronze Age barrows and is also an important habitat for wildlife, flora and fauna, much of which is protected by law. Not surprising then that one or two activators have been asked what they were doing there so in an effort to avoid a confrontation we chose a spot well away from the trig, the monument and the fifty or so dog walkers who had turned a perfect beauty spot in to a minefield of filth.

The weather did not quite hold up to the early morning promise but although overcast and fairly cold we stayed dry and we remained undisturbed by questions from either muggles or the ranger. 5mHz brought a good run of the usual chasers plus some new call signs for me while Helen struggled on 2m FM. She tried 2m SSB and was unable to even work some of those she had worked on FM, which was disappointing for us both as making the beam had been seen as being possibly the difference between success and failure on VHF. However thanks to Don G0RQL dragging the locals from their secret (to us) frequencies, the local repeaters and I suspect making a few phone calls Helen got six on 145mHz and well qualified the summit. On 80m I grabbed another eight contacts including the Welsh Mafia’s own mission control Barry 2E0PXW who tried to persuade me to head back to DC-005 again. Sorry Barry it was a bit out of our way but maybe next time I go down it won’t be raining cats and dogs. A QSY to 7.096 brought only Don G0RQL but a change to the much quieter 7.115 got me Andy MM0USU and Jozef ON3TL. By the time I packed up Helen had returned to the car and I made a quick QSO with her on 70cms so she could grab the chaser points. With the hand held I also called Don G0RQL on 70cms and set up with a contact on 23cms. For a short while I thought we were not going to make it until Don suddenly boomed through. Apparently Don’s rig works better with the aerial connected than into a dummy load. Note to other potential 23cms activators; most base stations are horizontally polarised so try tilting the radio on its side if you using a rubber duck antenna.


Tuesday would have been another reasonable if somewhat cold day for activating but we had promised to take the kids out. We headed for Trethorne Leisure Park and wasted £30 for a family ticket plus one. It is an awful place and we walked around the whole place in about 15 minutes. My son Stuart went on the Death slide and Caroline milked a cow. None of us wanted to go on any of the rides because it stank, looked filthy and it was too cold to stand around. The one saving grace was that a meal in the restaurant was quite pleasant and at least it was warm and did not smell like the inside of a muck spreader. After lunch we went into the ten-pin bowling alley, which was great fun. It is separate to the park so you don’t need to pay to enter the park if you just wish to bowl; I wish someone had told me that at the desk. 

Date:16/Mar/2008 Summit:G/DC-003 (Kit Hill) Call Used:G7AAV/P Points: 1 Bonus: 0   

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

12:43z

M0COP

5MHz

SSB

 

12:44z

G4OIG

5MHz

SSB

 

12:45z

G0RQL

5MHz

SSB

 

12:47z

G4JZF

5MHz

SSB

 

12:48z

GW4EVX

5MHz

SSB

 

12:51z

G0TRB

5MHz

SSB

 

12:52z

G8ADD

5MHz

SSB

 

12:53z

GW0VMZ

5MHz

SSB

 

12:54z

G4OBK

5MHz

SSB

 

12:55z

MW1IDX

5MHz

SSB

 

12:57z

M1MAJ

5MHz

SSB

 

12:58z

G3RDQ

5MHz

SSB

 

12:59z

G0LGS

5MHz

SSB

 

13:01z

G4MD

5MHz

SSB

 

13:04z

G0NES

5MHz

SSB

 

13:06z

G6LKB

5MHz

SSB

 

13:07z

G3TJE

5MHz

SSB

 

13:09z

G4ZRP

5MHz

SSB

 

13:17z

G0NES

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:20z

GW0VMZ

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:22z

G4JZF

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:23z

G0RQL

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:25z

G8ADD

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:28z

2E0PXW

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:29z

G7WBL

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:40z

EI2CL

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:43z

G0RQL

7MHz

SSB

 

13:48z

ON3TL

7MHz

SSB

 

13:52z

MM0USU

7MHz

SSB

 

14:14z

G7AAU/M

433MHz

FM

 

14:16z

G0RQL

433MHz

FM

 

14:18z

G0RQL

1240MHz

FM

 

Date:16/Mar/2008 Summit:G/DC-003 (Kit Hill) Call Used:G7AAU/P Points: 1 Bonus: 0   

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

12:30z

G7AAV/M

433MHz

FM

 

12:40z

G0RQL

144MHz

FM

 

12:50z

2E0ZIG

144MHz

FM

 

12:54z

G0AKH

144MHz

FM

 

13:23z

G7AGZ/P

144MHz

FM

 

13:35z

G4XIX

144MHz

FM

 

13:40z

M3DJS

144MHz

FM

 


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