SOTA Activation Reports 2009 (2)

SOTA Activation Reports 2009
Activation reports previously submitted to the Summits On The Air Reflector


12th April 2009 G/TW-001 Urra Moor - Round Hill

East for Easter. 

After our Lake District trip I was itching to get out on the hills again, the children were off school for Easter break and both Helen and I had some of last year’s holidays to use up. Much discussion of where to head was somewhat curtailed when Emily my youngest asked “Can we have a house with a swimming pool this time?” That kind of limited the where to bit as nearly every suitable property had already been booked.


Eventually Helen found what turned out to be a cracking place at Birdforth not far from Thirsk that fitted the bill. A quick look at the map showed it to be near enough to North Yorkshire Moors and TW-001, 002 and 003 for an activation or three.
My joy was fairly short lived when I was told in no uncertain terms that this was not a SOTA trip. To slightly cheer me up she added, “We are not doing more than two summits”.

Unfortunately when you look at the three summits they are all fairly long walks for one point each (which kind of makes up for G/TW-005 Bishop Wilton Wold) and we were taking the Granddaughter who is only four years of age with us. So like Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) in the Highlander would say, “In the end there can only be one!” and we chose G/TW-001 Urra Moor – Round Hill.

We had a leisurely start after getting up late and with breakfast over Helen made some sandwiches. Much to my surprise we somehow managed to squeeze seven of us plus rucksacks, walking poles, SOTA poles, boots and coats into the Discovery. It was not long before we were close to our destination and as we had not passed any shops or service stations we diverted a little to buy some drinks for everyone. We parked, as suggested by Richard G3CWI, in the lay-by at NZ573033 and headed up the Cleveland Way Path. To be quite honest Helen and I could have sat in the lay-by all day watching the motorbikes go past on the B1257. The site of the so-called Yorkshire TT brought back memories of a past life and our once annual visit to GD for the real TT races. The path starts out like a roughly paved staircase and goes up quite steeply at first. My initial impression was that this is easy, like walking up to bed, but before the ascent is half over the knees were burning. Eventually the ascent flattens out and from then on it becomes an easy plod.

I expected to be waiting for Faith, my granddaughter, but she was almost always up with who ever was in front until the last few hundred yards when she said she didn’t want to go on. Faith’s reluctance lasted just long enough for someone to point that I was already at the trig at which point her energy came back and she was off to join me in a flash. Maybe the influence of the Dora the Explore cartoon on the television had something to do with her finding the day a big adventure. Hopefully she will want to tag along on future adventures, with her cheerful “I’m the leader” she certainly kept me smiling.

Apart from Faith, the highlight of the walk for me was a fearless grouse that was sat at the side of the footpath, close enough to touch and engaged me for some minutes in a staring contest. What a pity I did not have the camera. I was seriously taken by the sense of being alone on the Moors despite having most of my family with me. There is a raw beauty to the place that somehow did not equate to my previous experiences of the hills in other parts of the UK. I came away thinking that although I would rather be awed by the Welsh Hills or dumbstruck by the beauty of the Lakeland Fells and although I feel a sense of being at home in the Scottish Highlands, here was where I wanted to be alone. Here was a place I could clear my head and just think.

The rest of the party joined me and we took possession of the trig point. Probably a good job there were not too many ‘muggles’ about, just two very interested chaps who asked a few questions and sat listening with bemused looks. The antennas were erected close to the trig point and Helen and I sat at the base of the mound at about 45 degrees to each other.


I was off to a great start on 5mHz starting with a summit-to-summit with Andy MM0FMF/P on GM/NS-020 Ben Hope. Phil GM4OBK/P on GM/SS-123 Green Hill worked Andy next and I followed him from 5.3985 to 5.4035 for a second S2S contact. This one turned out a bit special, as although Phil lives quite close to TW-001 and had activated it twice he had never actually worked it before. I always value S2S contacts above the rest but I enjoy it more when it is one I have done myself, having activated SS-123 the contact was a little bit special for me too. I QSYed down to 5.3715 and got another eight contacts, all regular chasers before a try on 3.666. Ten more on 80m with a couple of callsigns I didn’t recognise made a total of twenty. 40 metres was in a strange state, all I could hear were Turkish station, needless to say my CQs fell on deaf ears. Once again 70 and 23cms calls remained unanswered. Finally I erected the four metre antenna, is nobody on 70mHz around here I wonder.

At one point I thought Helen was doing better on 2m FM than I was on HF, she certainly never seemed to stop. She bagged 16 in the end with only two or three callsigns I recognised. With a joint tally of 36 contacts I considered the mission a success and we headed back to the car. We were soon back at the cottage and within ten minutes we were all in the swimming pool. What a great way to relax the muscles after a walk especially when followed by a hot shower later. How the kids had so much energy left after their walk I do not know, but needless to say we all slept well that night.

The rest of the week was filled with trips to the beach at Scarbough, during which we left brilliant sunshine behind to sit in fog on a crowded beach, the National Railway museum at York, which is wonderful place and free to get in and to the Thorp Perrow Arboretum in Bedale which houses a falconry and has flying displays three times a day. Okay I would have rather done those other two TW summits but it was a nice relaxing week and we remained active by swimming in the pool every night. Not doing TW-002 & 3 leaves them open for a weekend sortie sometime so maybe a nice romantic cottage for two somewhere near Gisborough is on the cards sometime soon.


This report first appeared on the SOTAwatch reflector and includes photographs that are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gw7aav/collections/

Logs 

Date:12/Apr/2009 Summit:G/TW-001 (Urra Moor - Round Hill) Call Used:G7AAV/P Points: 1 Bonus: 0

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

13:20z

MM0FMF/P

5MHz

SSB

S2S GM/NS-020 Ben Hope

13:23z

GM4OBK/P

5MHz

SSB

S2S GM/SS-123 Green Hill

13:32z

GW0DSP

5MHz

SSB

 

13:37z

G0TRB

5MHz

SSB

 

13:38z

G0NES

5MHz

SSB

 

13:39z

G6WRW/P

5MHz

SSB

 

13:41z

G0RQL

5MHz

SSB

 

13:42z

M1MAJ

5MHz

SSB

 

13:43z

G0VOF

5MHz

SSB

 

13:45z

G0TDM

5MHz

SSB

 

13:46z

G4BLH

5MHz

SSB

 

13:55z

2E0WNT

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:57z

GM7UAU

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:59z

G0VOF

3.5MHz

SSB

 

14:00z

G0TRB

3.5MHz

SSB

 

14:01z

GB1WAB

3.5MHz

SSB

 

14:02z

G0SLR

3.5MHz

SSB

 

14:03z

M3ZCB

3.5MHz

SSB

 

14:04z

MM0USU

3.5MHz

SSB

 

14:09z

G4CPA

3.5MHz

SSB

 

 Date:12/Apr/2009 Summit:G/TW-001 (Urra Moor - Round Hill) Call Used:G7AAU/P Points: 1 Bonus:0 

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

13:20z

M0HMS

144MHz

FM

 

13:22z

2E0HXE

144MHz

FM

 

13:24z

2E0HHU

144MHz

FM

 

13:26z

2E0XVF

144MHz

FM

 

13:28z

G4JNN

144MHz

FM

 

13:30z

M5ADZ

144MHz

FM

 

13:32z

M3NTQ

144MHz

FM

 

13:34z

G0TYM

144MHz

FM

 

13:36z

G0EXY

144MHz

FM

 

13:38z

M3UBL

144MHz

FM

 

13:40z

2E0BLL/M

144MHz

FM

 

13:42z

2E0TLX/M

144MHz

FM

 

13:44z

G3OHC

144MHz

FM

 

13:46z

G8LIK

144MHz

FM

 

13:48z

2E0ZED

144MHz

FM

 

13:50z

M0IOC

144MHz

FM

 


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