I activated Pendle Hill G/SP-005 yesterday. I now live at Bentham, right on the corner where Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria meet. Pendle Hill always has been a winter target for me, I used to live near Haworth and Pendle was one of my nearest 2 pt summits, strangely, at my new QTH, Pendle remains only 45 mins down the road!
I just wanted to share a few things about yesterday’s activation.
- I noticed that there has been quite a lot of work done to the footpaths and also a summit shelter has been built. The summit shelter is north of the trig point by quite a distance but as the summit is quite flat, the shelter is within the activation zone.
Photos of the new shelter and paths.
During my activation, I attracted the attention of what can only be described as a lid on 40m CW. Firstly, the lid called me at 30 wpm, even though I was running at 20 wpm and asking for a repeat from a specific station. Secondly, even though I was trying to respond to someone else entirely, my lid kept sending his 30wpm call sign over and over again. Thankfully I was able to make the contact with Kurt HB90AFI/P on HB/VD-034 for a nice S2S. Apologies to Kurt if I seemed a bit flustered, but it came good in the end. What made me chuckle afterwards was that I looked up the lid on QRZ.com and his page is dedicated to cause of courteous operating! lol!
On my descent I was asked (for the umpteenth time that day!) what the purpose of my pole was by a pair of walkers. It turned out the walkers were from Country Walking magazine. I explained about SOTA and radio and they seemed to be geniunely interested. I’ll have to look out for a feature about Pendle Hill in the magazine!
It was a good activation, 40m CW provided a small, steady stream of callers, but 20m was pretty lifeless. The weather remained dry until I got home.