SOTA Activation Reports 2008 (6)

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


16th February 2008 G/WB-004 Titter Stone Clee Hill

Paying For The Easy Bonuses

No photographs on this summit as it was going dark. 

I was not convinced we could make it in time to Titerstone Clee Hill from Brown Clee Hill as the air already had a slightly pinkish tinge. Helen once again pulled out all the stops and the SatNav had the fastest route programmed in. Apart from one point when Helen, pointing out a flooded road/ford said “Let’s forget the hill I want to drive down that!” we seemed to be making good progress but the light was going rapidly as approached our destination.
As we reached the car park there was water running across the road and it had frozen to slush, not a good sign. We arrived at the car park and I said to Helen “We are not leaving the car here!” as there were a group of youngsters on trail bikes pulling wheelies and generally having a great time of it. We moved the Discovery to the start of the track to the radio/radar masts and parked just opposite the sign saying ‘No vehicles except on official business’.

We got out to an almost Arctic wind that froze the breath to my facial hair. We left the girls in the car and headed up the radar station road. Despite our yomp up the hill we still had teeth chattering when at the other side of the Radar dish I asked Helen to check how high we were on the GPS. We had got to within 40 feet vertical of the summit although we were unable to see the trig point in the failing light. “That’s it!” I said and dumped the rucksack and set up the station.

Helen started well on two metres with Sharon 2E0NBR first in the log. I started with DON G0NES of 5mHz but I was getting a little desperate when the crucial forth contact did not appear. I was also shaking so much with cold that I could not write in the log. I took the opportunity to grab Graham G4JZF after Helen on 2FM. As soon as I moved away from the FT-817 the calls came in and I ended up with ten in the log while Helen got nine on 2 FM. There were no summit-to-summit contacts but I was glad to get anyone on 5mHz, as the band is usually unusable by this time.

We packed up in deep gloom working as fast as we could with frozen fingers, despite the gloves and yomped back to the car again. On the drive back the water running across the road had frozen solid and it was a very tentative crossing with the passengers shutting their eyes and waiting for the crunch, which fortunately never came. Hours later and back at home we were still shivering until a hot meal and a shower brought us back into the land of the living.

Date:16/Feb/2008 Summit:G/WB-004 (Titterstone Clee Hill) Call Used:G7AAV/P Points: 2 Bonus: 3  

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

17:07z

G0NES

5MHz

SSB

 

17:09z

G0TRB

5MHz

SSB

 

17:14z

G4ZRP

5MHz

SSB

 

17:14z

G4JZF

144MHz

FM

 

17:16z

G4CPA

5MHz

SSB

 

17:17z

G1LAT

5MHz

SSB

 

17:18z

GW0DSP

5MHz

SSB

 

17:20z

GW1LDY

5MHz

SSB

 

17:20z

GW0VMZ

5MHz

SSB

 


Date:16/Feb/2008 Summit:G/WB-004 (Titterstone Clee Hill) Call Used:G7AAU/P Points: 2 Bonus: 3   

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

17:07z

2E0NBR

144MHz

FM

 

17:09z

2E0BLP

144MHz

FM

 

17:11z

M0VLP

144MHz

FM

 

17:13z

G4JZF

144MHz

FM

 

17:15z

G4ERP

144MHz

FM

 

17:16z

G3NKS

144MHz

FM

 

17:18z

2E0GOP

144MHz

FM

 

17:20z

G4FUJ

144MHz

FM

 

17:22z

M3VWD

144MHz

FM

 


Comments