On Saturday Morning (2nd Jan) it was looking quite likely that may planned activation of Boulsworth Hill SP008 for VHF Fun Day would have to be cancelled as I woke to find further heavy snow, living quite low down in Accrington I knew conditions would be much worse higher up.
However Sunday Morning started out bright and sunny, and checking the alerts on Sotawatch it seemed most of the activations were still on.
But on checking with the national rail website before setting off, I found the first of several problems that were to beset the day in that the planned train to Colne had been cancelled but after checking with the local bus company an alternative plan was made to catch the bus direct to Trawden (this did mean missing out on breakfast at Boundary Mills in Colne).
Having made the journey to Trawden I was supprised at how little snow there was, which made the first part of the walk very pleasant.
However on reaching the stepper part of the climb I was soon trudging though deep drifts, sowing down progress quite considerably but once the summit plateau was reaching things soon improved and the trig point was soon reached.
Having found some shelter in amongst the rocks the beam was put up and a call put out on 2m FM a small pile ensured including five S2S’s.
A quick tune around after this didn’t reveal any more stations so the decision to change the beam to horizontal for a go on ssb was made, however on lowering the mast and unclipping the coax disaster struck, the clip for the inner of the coax broke away leaving virtually nothing left, so unfortunately both 2m SSb and 70cms had to be abandoned.
After enjoying a flask of soup (Mulligatawny) several calls were put out on 4m FM but here the gremlins struck again in that the ICOM E90 had gone to low power and i was unable to change back.
At this point the as the visibility had deteriorated the decision was made to start the descent, on reaching Trawden a visit was made to the Sun inn for something to eat and a couple of pints of Mooorhouses Premier before the journey home.
Thanks to all the stations worked and now to get all the equipment sorted and repaired for next Sunday.