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INKy and SE-015


#1

I was amazed, when I switched on the computer this morning, to see a spot for G1INK/P on G/SE-015 around 2330 last night. I know he planned it, but it was a horrendous night in Kent, with torrential rain and thunderstorms. The BBC website http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6221006.stm reports around two inches of rain in the area. It should be noted that Hawkinge, mentioned as one of the worst affected, is literally on the slopes of SE-015. The top of the hill is very flat, with narrow lanes that do not drain well after heavy rain - I know from experience! Add those post-storm complications to the general difficulties of activating a new hill in the dark, and after a long drive in bad weather, and I think we have a new nomination for “SOTA nut of the year”!!

Well done INKy!!

73 de Les, G3VQO


#2

In reply to G3VQO:

Made of good stuff us Northern lads Les, hi, all that black pudding.

73 Mike GW0DSP


#3

In reply to 2E0HJD:

It’s a good job he remembered his radio !!

…and his TomTom.

Mike


#4

In reply to GW0DSP:

Made of good stuff us Northern lads Les, hi, all that black pudding.

Hmm… well here down South, I was sitting in the shack looking up at Wendover Woods G/CE-005 at 1930 local watching the hill get hammered by lightening…

…so I thought “shall I go up this evening?”

No, apparently I had to go and eat some black pudding before comtemplating that… :slight_smile:

73 Marc G0AZS


#5

Indeed Mike. Activating in a storm at midnight? Too much black pudding and a resulting case of Mad Cow Disease by the sounds of it.


#6

In reply to G0AZS:

No, apparently I had to go and eat some black pudding before comtemplating that… :slight_smile:

Don’t be silly Marc, black pudding won’t do it on it’s own, you need a pound of tripe also, hi :slight_smile:

Mike


#7

In reply to M1EYP:

Indeed Mike. Activating in a storm at midnight? Too much black
pudding and a resulting case of Mad Cow Disease by the sounds of it.

I’ll just say…

Rather him than me Tom.

Mike


#8

you need a pound of tripe also, hi :slight_smile:

OK I submit, I can handle black pudding with my breakfast but, that’s enough!

I am still a “Southern Softy”… I will only go out when it’s sunny and warm :slight_smile:

Anyway, the storm was very bad down here last night and I even gave up looking for a practice rag chew QSO on 80 CW with 9+40 QRN.

73 Marc G0AZS


#9

In reply to G3VQO:

He just made the one contact. It was not raining at the time but the roads were tricky - covered in grit; washed out by the rain I assume. He said that setting up in the dark was a bit challenging and he wont be repeating it (until the next time I guess). Pretty good single contact which bags him the well deserved Unique though.

73

Richard


#10

Darkness can be good fun. It can also be dangerous, so good planning is essential.

My first encounter with darkness (save for several teenage jaunts around Alderley Edge looking for wizards and witches on Halloween night) was after activating Dale Head G/LD-020 and Robinson G/LD-021 in November 2003. Sensibly (and in the event crucially), we had packed headtorches with fitted with brand new batteries in the rucksacks, realising that darkness would fall before 5pm. It certainly did, and we were reliant on torchlight for over an hour dropping down into Buttermere.

A winter activation on the long route from the west to Cadair Berwyn GW/NW-012 started and ended in torchlight for the start of the ascent and end of the descent. I have been up and down Stiperstones G/WB-003 after dark and once descended Cringle Moor-Drake Howe by torchlight one Friday night after a conference in Sunderland. The headtorches have probably been used to complete a descent just after dusk on more occasions than I can remember, but a good one was the final walk down the field to Edale when Jimmy, Liam and myself did Kinder Scout G/SP-001 earlier this year. Back in November, we were up Great Orme GW/NW-070 on a Saturday night. It being the 5th of November, there were plenty of other colourful illuminations in the sky too.

Bishop Wilton Wold G/TW-004 has been done in the dark too, but the walk-in was not too long! Apart from Robinson G/LD-021, all my night-time SOTA activations have involved very short approaches, or been on summits and routes that I know inside out. The best one was a summer near-midnight activation of Shining Tor G/SP-004. I set off from the Cat & Fiddle sometime before closing time and followed the usual walk-in which I know very well. It was a very enjoyable walk, and the sky was still light enough to allow me to set up the station (including SOTA Beam) at the summit without torchlight.

I activated for quite a long time that night, with many stations worked. However, when one battery ran out, and I tried to connect another, I got a spark and both batteries went up in flames. This curtailed the activation! Then my headtorch batteries ran out and I realised a bad mistake. I had taken spare batteries, but this was useless as I couldn’t find them and fit them in the pitch black. I should have taken a spare torch with the new batteries fitted (and indeed this is what I now do). I managed to pack everything up just by being very careful and concentrating hard on what I was doing. I then walked back to the car, also requiring much concentration in the pitch black, the descent taking nearly twice the usual 20 minutes. Knowing the route was essential.

But who would have thought it? INK with a one contact activation. Well done if that was you Mick - it has to be the rarest collectors’ item in SOTA!


#11

In reply to G3VQO:
Damn! Missed him, gave up too soon with the QRN ringing in my ears!

73

Brian G8ADD


#12

In reply to 2E0HJD:

In reply to G8ADD:
Late again Brian !!!..

…Deja-vu