Looking at my logs yesterday I noticed that I have activated Shining Tor (G/SP-004) 60 times. Even more importantly and purely by chance, I realised that yesterday (7th May) the summit got it’s 1000th activation, making it the 5th most activated summit. We are not actually pushing Tom’s record on the Cloud G/SP-015, but it is still a red letter day!
Living in the East Midlands, there are not a lot of summits to be activated, Shining Tor is my closest. In addition with the price of fuel at the moment, it is economic and a handy one to get to.
I do have to put up with quite a few jokes about living on the mountain. My own personal goal this year, is to get as many S2Ss as I can, so I don’t need to travel as much.
Testing a new radio a few days ago I got a couple of VK stations, so I decided to try an early morning activation, to try and get some VK S2Ss…. I arrived at 3:00 am. Whilst I got 60 QSOs only one was a S2S and that was from Spain! Things went a bit better yesterday with 27 S2Ss. It took a while though!
Another memorable activation was the Cross Atlantic S2S challenge last November. Dave M0JKS and I, sat in a tent for 6 hours in the pouring rain. It was what my wife, (a very competitive cyclist) calls type 2 fun (much better after the event, than during. It gets better as the memories fade)!
Here are a couple of pictures from the Summit. I look forward to working you soon!
My First ever activation and Summit to Summit, With Tom on The Cloud.
Come Rain and Shine
S2S fun with Dave M0JKS
Sometimes it is sunny!