Well I thought I’d try an activation of Claife Heights G/LD-053 whilst staying in the area. The wx was looking very wet indeed so I decided on quick, handheld only operation, as part of a longer hike.
My wife and I took the car ferry from Ferry Nab as foot passengers and walked along the forested West Bank of Windermere as far as Bass Rock before turning up hill.
In heavy rain showers we found ourselves walking up rivers.
And the views would probably have been lovely on a sunny day
Eventually the trig point appeared… can you spot it?
There it is
Anyway in my haste to plan the walk I hadn’t noticed the mast that is shown on the OS map and I suspect this was the cause of my failed activation with it de-sensing my cheap Wouxun handheld. (Or perhaps no one heard me). I spotted myself and called CQ on 2m and 70cm but could not hear any replies at all. After a few minutes we were hit by another heavy rain shower and with my wife looking less impressed by the minute we beat a hasty retreat down via the Claife Viewing Station
and Joey’s cafe
It’s been a while since I have had a failed activation, but it was an enjoyable walk and is definitely worth a return trip.
My apologies to anyone who could hear me calling but that I could not hear, I have ordered an FT-70 which will hopefully be better at coping with telecoms masts!