SOTA Activation Reports 2008 (11)

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


Devon and Cornwall summits March 2008

18th March 2008 G/DC-002 Brown Willy

Wednesday 18th March again started quite nice and we headed for G/DC-002 Brown Willy. We parked by the sign that said “No vehicles beyond this point” and walked from there. There was a stiff cold wind blowing but it was at our backs as we set out for the fairly long walk in. Helen told us it was about two miles but it looked more like ten and I was feeling the effects of my cold on my breathing even on the flat. It took us about twice as long as I expected to reach the actual assent and by that time I was struggling a bit however at about halfway up after a good cough I suddenly found my second wind and managed to get ahead of the others. This allowed me to work Helen who was outside the activation zone so she got her chaser points on 70cms. I found a nice bit of rock just down from the trig that sheltered us from the wind and called Mike GW0DSP to get a spot on for us.

I tied my mast to a convenient sign and started up on 5mHz and worked 13 mainly regular chasers but with a couple of new calls in the log. Before I tried 80m I gave Don G0RQL a call on 23cms and we made it again, three out of three! Seven contacts on 3.666 including Barry PXW again and Carolyn G6WRW who did not have a NoV for 5 mHz at the time plus at least one station who could not hear me on five made it all worth while.

I have lost count of the activations were I have called on 40m in vain but today was different. First up on 7.096 was Michael DJ5AV, followed by OK1DSB, Ambrosi HB9AGH, Don G0RQL and Frederic F4EMK. Five calls and five countries so it proved that even if few stations are coming back I am getting out. I announced my usual QSY to 7.115 but was disappointed to find wall-to-wall broadcast stations.
Helen’s activation mirrored the rest of the week and I admire her determination to make it work on VHF. Eventually after calling herself almost hoarse she logged six contacts on 2m FM. 2m ssb was a resounding failure as it was all week and her final contact was with me on 70cms as I skipped down the hill out of the activations zone.  I did not skip for very long and I was almost on my knees by the time I was back at the car my cold and the winter’s inactivity taking its toll.


As we packed up a young lad from the farm that owns the land appeared on a motorcycle and asked what we were doing. When we told him he said we probably wouldn’t have been stopped but we should have asked at the farm first. This is a bit of a problem because all the signs for permissive access say not to approach the farm. Also approaching the farm on foot would have added a couple more miles on the route and it would have been devastating if we walked all that way and they said no. The alternative would have been to drive down to the farm and ask first, but before you drive to the farm you would need permission to drive onto their land. Arrg!!!

On our way back we paid a visit to some standing stones and I attempted to perform the Rite of AshkEnte (TP fans will understand) which failed due to either not having either 2ccs of mouse blood or any chalk or because my SOTApole was a poor substitute for a Wizards staff made from Sapient Pearwood. At least I think it failed there was a white horse standing over in the distance.

I slept well that night but I was stiff as a well-starched collar the next day as we all were. Our previous experience has taught us that the best cure is to do some more walking so we headed for G/DC-004 Hensbarrow Beacon.

Date:18/Mar/2008 Summit:G/DC-002 (Brown Willy) Call Used:G7AAV/P Points: 1 Bonus: 0  

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

12:50z

G7AAU/M

433MHz

FM

 

13:15z

G0RQL

5MHz

SSB

 

13:17z

GW0DSP

5MHz

SSB

 

13:19z

GW4BVE

5MHz

SSB

 

13:20z

G6MZX

5MHz

SSB

 

13:21z

G4RQJ

5MHz

SSB

 

13:22z

G4JZF

5MHz

SSB

 

13:23z

M0COP

5MHz

SSB

 

13:24z

G0HNW

5MHz

SSB

 

13:25z

G0TRB

5MHz

SSB

 

13:27z

G4CPA

5MHz

SSB

 

13:28z

G0NES

5MHz

SSB

 

13:29z

G4GKE

5MHz

SSB

 

13:31z

GW4EVX

5MHz

SSB

 

13:36z

G0RQL

1240MHz

FM

 

13:38z

GW4BVE

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:39z

G3RDQ

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:42z

G0RQL

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:43z

G6WRW

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:44z

G8ADD

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:46z

2E0PXW

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:48z

GW0DSP

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:57z

DJ5AV

7MHz

SSB

 

14:01z

OK1DSB

7MHz

SSB

 

14:02z

HB9AGH

7MHz

SSB

 

14:03z

G0RQL

7MHz

SSB

 

14:07z

F4EMK

7MHz

SSB

 

Date:18/Mar/2008 Summit:G/DC-002 (Brown Willy) Call Used:G7AAU/P Points: 1 Bonus: 0   

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

13:18z

G0RQL

144MHz

FM

 

13:28z

2E0RCM

144MHz

FM

 

13:35z

G8MEH

144MHz

FM

 

13:39z

2E0HVZ

144MHz

FM

 

13:45z

M0OMC/A

144MHz

FM

 

13:46z

G4ZKN

144MHz

FM

 

14:24z

G7AAV/M

433MHz

FM

 


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