Monday 27th June 2016. I had to run Liam to Congleton for 5.45pm for a social with his mates, and pick him up again at 8pm. And what was he doing for his social? Going for a walk up The Cloud G/SP-015, that’s what!
Jimmy fancied an outing - especially when the word “pub” was mentioned, and that he hadn’t done Cloud yet this year, meaning there was an activator point on offer too!
So the three of us drove down and dropped Liam in Congleton, then Jimmy M0HGY and I made straight for The Cloud. I decided to have a go on 17m for a change. I made 2 QSOs on SSB and 6 on CW - DXCCs were SM, OE, OK, DL, two into EA and finishing with two into the USA (KA1R and AC1Z) which was nice.
Jimmy made 6 QSOs on 2m FM and reported very low activity on the band - probably because the big England v Iceland Euro knockout football match was looming. Meanwhile, Liam and his mates arrived on summit, followed by group leader Ray M1REK.
Ray and the lads were completing their social outing at the Coach & Horses in Timbersbrook, so Jimmy and I followed them down there for pre-match refreshments. We then made our way home for the big England-Iceland match. The less said about that the better. We might have had a chance against Firman’s Freezer Foods, but Iceland were simply too strong.
Tuesday 28th June 2016. Wx forecast was dodgy but improving, so I decided to go for the usual summit /P participation in the 6m contest.
Sure enough, I needed to be inside the bothy bag for most of the first 90 minutes, sheltering either from fine misty drizzle or from midge clouds!
There were short periods of Sp.E on and off through the night - very short - barely long enough to complete a QSO in some cases. I worked YL Latvia KO37, SM Sweden JO58 and EA Spain IM98.
UK-wise, I worked IO64, 73, 74, 80, 81, 82, 83, 91, 92, 93 and JO02. That aspect was disappointing, as I’m sure several of IO84, 85, 86, 90, 94, 95, JO00, 01 and 03 will have been active.
62 QSOs in total.
Harrington Arms, Gawsworth for a pint of good ale and a pickled egg on the way home.