SOTA Activation Reports 2008 (13)

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


Devon and Cornwall summits March 2008

19th March 2008 G/DC-007 Watch Croft

We had seen the weather forecast for the next few days so it was on to G/DC-007 Watch Croft. This didn’t look much when we got out of the car but is worth the visit for the views alone. Look one way and you have the brilliant blue of the Atlantic. Turn 180 degrees and there is the channel. To the southwest you can see Lands End and to the north-east undulating hills and valleys. It would have been perfect later in the year but a biting wind was blowing off the Atlantic.

We parked opposite the entrance to a track with a sign saying ‘Private no vehicles access to cottage only’ and walked up the track which is marked on the map as a public right of way. On reaching the cottage on the left we turned right and headed up what looked like a fairly well worn path through the heather and bracken between what looked like two overgrown mine shafts towards the summit, however it petered out as we neared the top which was not a problem on the way up but finding it on the way down could have been a problem if we hadn’t got lucky.   

Operations on 2m, 60m and 80m went pretty much as expected but we were far too cold and the light was starting to go fast so no 40m was even attempted and I didn’t delve in the rucksack for the 23cms rig either. 70cms was used to grab chaser points off each other. I had not attempted any photographs in the pouring rain on our first summit but here the light had been perfect but the camera decided it was too cold and even with a new set of batteries gave up the ghost on me with only a handful of shots. The best ones of the day including a beautiful sunset escaped.

 Date:19/Mar/2008 Summit:G/DC-007 (Watch Croft) Call Used:G7AAV/P Points: 1 Bonus:

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

16:03z

G0TRB

5MHz

SSB

 

16:06z

G4ZRP

5MHz

SSB

 

16:08z

GW4BVE

5MHz

SSB

 

16:09z

G0VMP

5MHz

SSB

 

16:10z

G0ANV

5MHz

SSB

 

16:11z

G0RQL

5MHz

SSB

 

16:12z

G0BPU

5MHz

SSB

 

16:17z

GW1LDY

5MHz

SSB

 

16:18z

G8ADD

5MHz

SSB

 

16:19z

GW0DSP

5MHz

SSB

 

16:20z

G6LKB

5MHz

SSB

 

16:21z

G3RDQ

5MHz

SSB

 

16:24z

G0HNW

5MHz

SSB

 

16:25z

G4BLH

5MHz

SSB

 

16:26z

G4CPA

5MHz

SSB

 

16:27z

GW0VMZ

5MHz

SSB

 

16:28z

G0NES

5MHz

SSB

 

16:29z

G4OWG

5MHz

SSB

 

16:45z

2E0PXW

3.5MHz

SSB

 

16:46z

GW0DSP

3.5MHz

SSB

 

16:47z

G0NES

3.5MHz

SSB

 

16:48z

G0HNW

3.5MHz

SSB

 

16:49z

G0RQL

3.5MHz

SSB

 

16:52z

G4OHC

3.5MHz

SSB

 

16:53z

MX0BGQ/A

3.5MHz

SSB

 

16:54z

G8ADD

3.5MHz

SSB

 

17:00z

G7AAU/M

433MHz

FM

 

Date:19/Mar/2008 Summit:G/DC-007 (Watch Croft) Call Used:G7AAU/P Points: 1 Bonus: 0   

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

15:46z

G7AAV/M

433MHz

FM

 

16:03z

2E0KCK

144MHz

FM

 

16:10z

M3KUZ

144MHz

FM

 

16:15z

G0RQL

144MHz

FM

 

16:20z

M0OMC/A

144MHz

FM

 

16:23z

2E0HVZ

144MHz

FM

 



Thursday 20th and we awoke to howling winds and views of the Ocean crashing on to the rocks and fifty to sixty feet in the air. No summits today then but wow what a view. On our way to Bude to go swimming we stopped to take some pictures of the wild wild sea but although I was having trouble standing upright it was nowhere near as impressive as it had been earlier. We spent the morning in the swimming pool, had lunch in Morrisons and spent the afternoon ten-pin bowling again. It was only when I saw Helen paying over £90 for the three games that I thought maybe this was not a sport I will be doing on a regular basis. At least no one is charging us to walk up the hills…yet!

 

Friday 21st and horrid weather again so we visited Goonhilly Down, which was enjoyable, but would I suspect be would a nightmare and a waste of time in the school holidays. It was a laugh to see some of the things I have in my junk box such as a Pye Cambridge and some old computers as parts of what is essentially a museum display. We had left the directions to the new Marconi Centre, which was to have been the next place to visit at home and we could find no leaflets so that will have to wait until next time. What will also have to wait until next time is G/DC-006 Carnmenellis, as a dragon apparently defends this summit and we did not wish to have to put up with a possible conflict, particularly with the children in tow. I have come up with a cunning plan (involving hard hats and yellow jackets) and I am told there is now a footpath to the summit, but the footpath was not on our maps and I came up with the cunning plan too late.

Saturday 22nd and we should have been doing G/DC-001 High Willhays on our way home. There was no chance of doing it earlier in the week as it was closed to public access but this would have been the ideal opportunity, it being open for the bank holiday weekend. Apparently the army don’t do wars over Easter or something. It was sad to see that it was blowing a gale and there was no chance of us spending a few hours on a hilltop. The journey home was painfully slow as the wind caught the high sides of the Discovery and seemed to want to use the top box as a wing. The high point was a contact with Carolyn G6WRW/P on G/WB-012 High Vinnalls while the low point was hearing Tom M1EYP/P work Helen M3YHB/P who was with Carolyn and him being 5/9 and then making a contact with Tom on S20 and loosing him on the QSY. On the way home my biggest comfort was seeing flakes of snow and thinking, “at least we picked the better week”.

I now remember why I never went to Devon or Cornwall for less than two weeks, I hate that monotonous journey and I also remember why I used to go, what magically scenery. Having so nearly completed the DC association you can bet I will be going back and the sooner the better if I get my way.

Thanks to all those who supported us in particular to Don G0RQL for his local knowledge and rustling up of the locals and to Mike GW0DSP for his spots and alerts and always being available on the mobile when I needed him. Big thanks also to John M0JDK for his GPS waypoints and to Tom M1EYP, Richard G3CWI and others from whose web sites we assembled the information we needed to tackle each summit with confidence.

I would also like to thank Icom, Kenwood and Yaesu for all making equipment that has stood up to some ridiculous abuse it was not built for and for it being nearly waterproof, my kids for not moaning all that much even when I kept winning at ten-pin bowling and above all my loving wife Helen GW7AAU for her understanding and gritty determination to qualify all the summits on two metres not to mention her organisational skills.

If you just read this thanks for doing so but shouldn’t you be working? 



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