I am coming to Chester UK next Monday January 25th. My flight arrives early on the morning so I had an option to make short visit to close summit on afternoon if I had SOTAmate with car and SW-antenna. I can bring my FT-817 but antenna and mast not. Based on SOTA map the most potential summits would be Billinge Hill (G/SP-017) or The Cloud (G/SP-015).
If you had interest and possibility to co-operate with me, please contact to me by email oh2nos(at)sral.fi.
I don’t think it’s the HF radio potential of each summit that’s being compared here Mickey, but the overall merits of a visit/walk there by a foreign visitor with limited time. For sure, your SP-017 logs are mightily impressive, but then again you have equally impressive logs from The Cloud - as have I, on 5 watts QRP at that
No, for a one-off visit, out of the two, we must suggest The Cloud. But with a good block of 4-6 hours available time, then I too would recommend consideration of the Clywdians pair of NW-051 and NW-044.
However, I think that the crucial point here that we’re all missing, is that Saku needs someone to activate with - who has a car and can collect him - and drop him back off again at his hotel. That’s probably the first piece of the jigsaw to put in place, and then it can be decided which summit to head to.
It would be really cool if you could be the chauffeur Mike - but I would urge caution before choosing to take a visitor from Finland up one of England’s very worst and most disliked SOTA summits!
Jonathan and Nick, thank you for the hints. Well, this is my second visit in UK ever so I am a bit stupid and do not know and understand your country’s specialities – I mean G, GW, GM etc. in Finland here is OH only. But I see that it is more options what I could image before.
Basically one summit is it what I am searching – if it is possible to visit in two summits the pleasure is double. One pile up in one summit is more what I have experienced in UK ever!
Walking is not any problem, orienteering is my long time hobby. But Tom has understood my base problem correct manner, the co-operator is missing. It is not dramatical if I do not find it but still I am living in small hope until week end.
You are right I have spoken to you at first about Warrington. Meeting place was changed last week and so Warrington changed to Chester. But when you look to UK from Finland side they seems to be located very close.