SOTA Activation Reports 2008 (4)

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


16th February 2008 G/WB-005 Long Mynd-Pole Bank

Against All Odds

After baking in the sun on GW/NW-051 Foel Fenlli on Wednesday no-one could have suspected that when the brilliant weather broke that it would return for an encore so soon, but it did and as intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded those winter bonus points with envious eyes, and slowly but surely drew their plans, we joined them. The WB mission originally planned for last weekend was on. The chances of us doing more than one summit were a million to one I said, but still we came.

Although we had a plan in place from the previous week we needed to get all the way points into the GPS and the parking spots into the SatNav. We also needed to pack the rucksacks and make our lunches. These things should have been done Friday night but as often is the way forces beyond our control conspired against us and we crawled into bed in the early hours of Saturday with nothing ready.

Saturday morning and much rushing around later the car is packed and Helen is still having problems with the GPS, her PC has decided it doesn’t want to talk to it. Several reboots and reinstalls later we are waiting to get going and my eldest daughter appears in her pyjamas. It is all perfectly normal for us but we wanted an early start and it is getting on. We had not had time to make lunch so after stopping at the local supermarket for pasties and drinks we got on our way. At 10:44 somewhere en route I grabbed my first chaser points of the day from 2E0RSM on G/NP-005 Ingleborough.

SatNav makes driving to and between summits so much less stressful most of the time and this trip went without any serious hiccups so just before noon we were driving up the slightly worrying road that leads to Long Mynd. It is narrow with quite a drop and there were a number of idiots. As we reached a parking spot the SatNav told us we had arrived so we parked up and changed into the walking gear. With our rucksacks on back we powered up the GPS and glanced at the route, we seemed to be a long way from the summit. Ah! Was this one of Richard G3CWI’s routes we had? This was the perfect spot for an easy walk on a nice day but the icy wind and the desire to do as many summits as possible meant that we wanted to be a bit nearer. We unpacked and moved further along the road. The GPS bleeped and we pulled over into another parking area. We jumped out and looked around but missed the summit at first so we started walking in the opposite direction for about 100 feet before the GPS found it’s proper lock and we turned around and headed back the way we came. At this point we saw the summit and realised we were still about a mile away.

After two false starts we found the right car parking spot and headed for the summit. By 12:25 we were set up and after a number of questions from the muggles on this very busy summit, I made contact with Robin GM7PKT/P on GM/CS-083 Meall na Leitreach for the first summit to summit of the day using 60 metres. I worked fifteen more stations on 5mHz before getting my second summit to summit with Dave GW0AOD/P on GW/NW-043 Cyrn-y-Brain. Conditions where poor on 5mHz and 40 metres was full of contesters below 7.100 and commercial broadcast stations above, so after calling on 7.096 and 7.115 for ten minutes I gave up and packed away my kit. Before I took down the mast I added Colin M0CGH/P on G/LD-007 Fairfield to my S2S tally on two metres FM by pinching the mic from Helen. Helen (G7AAU/P) also managed 17 contacts all on FM including Colin and Grant G4ILI/P on G/WB-024 Aconbury Hill. Wanting to cram in as many hills as possible in we made a rapid departure for the next summit, but not before I had taken a few photographs.


Long Mynd is a really beautiful hill and deserves a little more attention than we gave it but that would have to wait for a return visit hopefully on a nice summers day when we can extend the walk in by starting from where we first stopped and spend a few leisurely hours working all bands.

Date:16/Feb/2008 Summit:G/WB-005 (Long Mynd - Pole Bank) Call Used:G7AAV/P Points: 2 Bonus: 3   

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

12:27z

GM7PKT/P

5MHz

SSB

S2S GM/CS-083 Meall na Leitreach

12:28z

G4JZF

5MHz

SSB

 

12:30z

G4ZRP

5MHz

SSB

 

12:31z

M0COP

5MHz

SSB

 

12:32z

G0RQL

5MHz

SSB

 

12:33z

G8ADD

5MHz

SSB

 

12:34z

GW0VMZ

5MHz

SSB

 

12:35z

GW3BV

5MHz

SSB

 

12:37z

M1MAJ

5MHz

SSB

 

12:49z

G4CPA

5MHz

SSB

 

12:50z

G6MZX

5MHz

SSB

 

12:50z

GW0DSP

5MHz

SSB

 

12:54z

G0TRB

5MHz

SSB

 

12:55z

GD3YUM

5MHz

SSB

 

12:55z

G0NES

5MHz

SSB

 

13:00z

GW0AOD/P

5MHz

SSB

S2S GW/NW-043 Cyrn-y-Brain

13:10z

M0CGH/P

144MHz

FM

S2S G/LD-007 Fairfield

Date:16/Feb/2008 Summit:G/WB-005 (Long Mynd - Pole Bank) Call Used:G7AAU/P Points: 2 Bonus: 3

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

12:30z

G7KDZ

144MHz

FM

 

12:40z

G7GQF

144MHz

FM

 

12:43z

G3NPJ

144MHz

FM

 

12:43z

M3WDS

144MHz

FM

 

12:44z

G4JZF

144MHz

FM

 

12:45z

G0LGS

144MHz

FM

 

12:50z

GW0DSP

144MHz

FM

 

12:51z

2E0NBR

144MHz

FM

 

12:52z

GD3YUM

144MHz

FM

 

12:54z

M3TMX

144MHz

FM

 

12:55z

M3VUO

144MHz

FM

 

12:56z

G0ELJ

144MHz

FM

 

12:57z

G4ILI/P

144MHz

FM

S2S G/WB-024 Aconbury Hill

12:58z

G4FUJ

144MHz

FM

 

12:59z

M3FSN/M

144MHz

FM

 

13:00z

G7EGQ

144MHz

FM

 

13:10z

M0CGH/P

144MHz

FM

S2S G/LD-007 Fairfield


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