SOTA Activation Reports 2008 (5)

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


16th February 2008 G/WB-002 Brown Clee Hill

Five of Seven on Two of Three

Helen’s SatNav took us straight to the next summit often using bumpy single track lanes that seemed perfectly suited to the Land Rover Discovery, but scary whenever you met something coming the other way. The advantage of SatNav became clear, because as a passenger you cannot shut your eyes when navigating from a map, but as Helen pushed the 4x4 to near the legal limit I was able blot out impending death and destruction while she enjoyed scaring the life out of little old ladies in Fiat Unos and laughing as they tried to reverse out of the hedgerows behind us. Just joking!
 

The contrast between different summits never ceases to amaze me; the difference between the moor land of WB005 and the rolling meadows of WB-002 was case in point.

We parked on a grass verge with room for a couple of cars a little way on from the access gate to the bridleway and walked back, through the gate and up the bridle way. Eventually we came to a gap in the hedge and crossed a couple of fields going up at about 45 degrees to the bridleway until we met a place where two fences crossed. At this point there was a way over the horizontal fence and we stepped over following the other fence to the summit. This last bit was really quite steep and the ground was slippery under foot. At the top of the rise we checked the GPS for the height to make sure we were in the activation zone, we were within 7 feet of the listed summit height and so I dumped the rucksack and went for a quick look at the transmitter buildings and towers that adorn the summit. If there is a trig on this one I didn’t see it, but I do not think there is one anyway.

First in the log for me on 60 metres was Jack GM4COX/P on GM/SS212 Meigle Hill who had joined us on our Scottish trip in August on our ascent of GM/SS-064 Tinto. This was followed by a succession of 13 contacts consisting mainly of regular chasers but with a couple of callsigns that were new to the log. After working Martyn M1MAJ the calls on 5 mHz dried up and I tried 40m. I called for a while on 7.096 and was going to try on 7.115 but the broadcast stations were just too strong.

Helen had been going great guns and had already had a summit to summit with Scott M3UUM/P on G/NP-008 Great Whernside and as I packed away my gear I took the chance to grab a couple of her S2S contacts on two metres. I worked Eleri MW3NYR/P on GW/NW-040 Tal y Fan and Carolyn GW6WRW/P on GW/SW-004 Waun Rydd, while Helen worked these two plus Eleri’s OM Ian GW8OGI/P and another Helen MW3YHB/P on Waun Rydd with Carolyn. It was great to hear so many YL stations on together all on summits. Helen worked two other YL stations from this summit Marsha 2E1MSC and Sharon 2E0NBR so it looks like SOTA is an equal opportunities hobby at last. Total contacts for this one were GW7AAV - 16 and GW7AAU – 15.

After Helen had finished with her S2S contacts she left them the frequency to work each other. We quickly packed the rest of the gear away and made a rapid descent. At the bottom of the steep part I stopped and waited for the others to catch up. At this point I remembered the camera and took a few snaps. I looked back in time to see first my daughter Caroline and then Helen making a fine pigs ear of it and sliding down the hill on their backsides. I called out to them to watch for the broken barbed wire from the fence and I fumbled to get the camera back out of my pocket but was too late. From the look on Helen’s face maybe it was as well. “Maybe we should find a new hobby?” she said. 

Date:16/Feb/2008 Summit:G/WB-002 (Brown Clee Hill) Call Used:G7AAV/P Points: 2 Bonus: 3  

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

15:06z

GM4COX/P

5MHz

SSB

S2S GM/SS212 Meigle Hill, 2, 3

15:08z

G4JZF

5MHz

SSB

 

15:10z

GW0VMZ

5MHz

SSB

 

15:12z

G8ADD

5MHz

SSB

 

15:14z

GW0DSP

5MHz

SSB

 

15:15z

G0RQL

5MHz

SSB

 

15:16z

GD3YUM

5MHz

SSB

 

15:17z

M0UKD

5MHz

SSB

 

15:18z

G4BLH

5MHz

SSB

 

15:19z

G4ZRP

5MHz

SSB

 

15:20z

G0TRB

5MHz

SSB

 

15:21z

G0PBU

5MHz

SSB

 

15:22z

G0NES

5MHz

SSB

 

15:23z

M1MAJ

5MHz

SSB

 

15:34z

MW3NYR/P

144MHz

FM

S2S GW/NW-040 Tal y Fan, ,

15:40z

GW6WRW/P

144MHz

FM

S2S GW/SW-004 Waun Rydd, ,

Date:16/Feb/2008 Summit:G/WB-002 (Brown Clee Hill) Call Used:G7AAU/P Points: 2 Bonus: 3   

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

15:05z

M0COP

144MHz

FM

 

15:10z

2E1MSC

144MHz

FM

 

15:15z

G4JZF

144MHz

FM

 

15:16z

2E0NBR

144MHz

FM

 

15:17z

M3UUM/P

144MHz

FM

S2S G/NP-008 Great Whernside

15:20z

G4FUJ

144MHz

FM

 

15:21z

2E0CHO

144MHz

FM

 

15:25z

G3NPJ

144MHz

FM

 

15:27z

M0VGP

144MHz

FM

 

15:29z

M3RHJ

144MHz

FM

 

15:30z

M0CCN

144MHz

FM

 

15:33z

MW3NYR/P

144MHz

FM

S2S GW/NW-040 Tal y Fan

15:35z

GW8OGI/P

144MHz

FM

S2S GW/NW-040 Tal y Fan

15:40z

GW6WRW/P

144MHz

FM

S2S GW/SW-004 Waun Rydd

15:41z

MW3YHB/P

144MHz

FM

S2S GW/SW-004 Waun Rydd


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