After a couple of weeks of inactivity due to a combination of bad weather & a bad leg, I was getting a bit stir crazy & needed to get out. Last nights wx forecast seemed to be ok for the G/NP region with the main rough weather down to the South West, so I decided to activate G/NP-025 Thorpe Fell then got to the Outdoor shop in Whalley to buy myself some Christmas presents.
I had alerted for 1100 but did say I may be late. I parked up in the Village of Thorpe about 11am so I was indeed going to be late. Once on the summit & set up I went straight on to 40m to try & beat the B/C station QRM, also I saw there was an ON activation on as well. After checking the spots on SOTA watch I thought I
d missed the s2s chance but as I was getting changed a voice boomed out of the rig & my first contact was s2s with Luc ON6DSL/P on ON-005 5/9 both ways. I then QSYd to my own frequency & worked 28 stations on 40m ssb. A qsy to 80m brought another 20 contacts (mainly UK), then almost as an afterthought I tried 60m & only worked 4 stations, I reckon most of the regulars got me on other bands.
The wx on the summit was really quite pleasant. Around 2.5C with hardly any wind. I was in cloud to start with but this disolved to leave a sunny day. I tried to make a bit of a video but only managed about 2 mins before the camera battery ran out. Also at the end of the activation I worked the rest of the ON party - ON3DSN/P ON6AW/P ON4EDM/P ON3IWB/P I appologise for making hard work of it - the reason was towards the end my SLAB was only giving 7.2v.
t believe I was on the Craven Amateur Radio Groups blue ribband summit & I never worked a single CRAG member. And whilst I
m moaning, when are you CRAG members going to beat a path from the shooting lodge to the summit - Im sick of heather hopping the last bit. Anyone noticed how the shooting lodge resembles the “Local shop for local people” off the League of Gentlemen.
Many thanks to all stations who called & the “spots” on sotawatch.
Short video on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfS81oG30SE
A couple of pics on Flikr.
73 Steve G1INK.