G4YSS: (GO0OOO/P) G/LD-024, 09-Sept 2012

G4YSS (GO0OOO/P) Activation of G/LD-024, 09-Sept 2012

PIKE of BLISCO - G/LD-024-6
G4YSS - John (Using SSEG Olympic Callsign GO0OOO/P.)
Multiband: 160-40-20-4-2m & 70cm. Accompanied.
All times BST (UTC + 1) on 09-09-12 UOS.

MF / HF / VHFM QRO: IC706-2G.
Link dipole with loading coils for 160m.
5m CFC Mast with 1m end supports.
11V, 13.2 Ah Li-Po battery (3 x 4.5 Ah).
VHFM QRP: IC-E90 4-Band VHF H/H.
Home-brew half-wave vertical J-Pole for 2 (& 70cm) FM.
Home-brew choked half-wave vertical for 4 FM.
2m SOTA Beam (Not used)

The main purpose of this excercise was to air the SSEG special club callsign GO0OOO on its final day in celebration of the London Olympic Games and from a single SOTA summit. The secondary aim was to offer LD24 on 160m for the first time.

The plan was for my companions; William with his spaniel dog Jess and his friend Prasanna (new to our ‘club’) to complete the round of LD24 followed by Crinkle Crags and Bowfell. Though it would have been nice to walk with them and activate these two HuMPS (WOTA’s) on the way, the desire was for maximum radio time with the minimum of walking. Today’s rucksack was heavy and the WX was warm.

A comedy of errors, caused by my incorrect interpretation of text messages from Will, combined with the weather, resulted in this expedition being carried out on a Sunday, which is something I almost never do these days.

From the Old Dungeon Hotel car park at NY 2864 0613 (96m ASL) the way goes initially up the tarmac and past Wall End Farm then right onto a path at NY 2860 0520. In fact we were so busy talking that we completely missed this waypoint in mist and finished up turning off right onto a lesser path at NY 2893 0510. This joined the intended route at NY 2832 0470 after passing through wet bracken via NY 28695 04948; NY 28625 04775 and NY 28412 04730, so nothing lost apart from damp trousers. In fact something was gained. If we hadn’t ‘gone wrong’ we would have been in the low-cloud and not in the sunshine above it, thereby missing out on a sighting of a weak but discernable Brocken Spectre.

From the junction a paved way brings you steeply up via NY 2819 0458; NY 2795 0426 and NY 2746 0422 to a series of cairns starting at NY 2737 0417. The path then zigs around to gain the well guarded summit via some minor but awkward rock gullies. ‘Awkward?’ This was discovered on the descent in the afternoon with masts and other items tied to the rucksack.

We usually do Blisco from the Three Shire Stone on Wrynose Pass but that start point would have made it less convenient for the others to complete their round via Crinkle Crags and Bowfell.

Will and I left Scarborough on Sunday morning at 03:15 for the 165 mile drive our start point; The Old Dungeon Gill Hotel, arriving at 06:50. We picked Prasanna up on New Bridge at Whitby at 04:00.

Nocturnal beings:
There was an unexpected treat on the way to Whitby. William offered a detour through Scarborough town centre at 03:30 to observe revellers. There were still quite a few remaining. This is the first time that I have had the opportunity to observe these interesting creatures with their unmistakable style of walking and in their natural environment, since I was one around 1967. It was quite an eye opener made all the more enjoyable from the comfort and safety of a locked vehicle. Apprehension gave way to relief as we cleared the area without having our windscreen wipers rearranged, as per a safari park visit made by some friends of mine a few years ago.

The elapsed time for the ascent, which was started at 07:07 today, was 1hr-50 minutes with a route distance of 4.1 km. The height gain required, allowing for an estimated 12m reascent on the way up, is a surprising 621m (2,037ft) which, added to the route finding difficulties, probably accounts for the slow time. Blue sky, low sun and cloud lying in the valleys provided the observed Brocken Spectre conditions and some time was spent with photography. Langdale Pikes looked magnificent across the valley with the cloud sheet below.

PIKE OF BLISCO, G/LD-024, 705m, 6 pts, 09:17 to 15:18. 12 deg.C, 15-20 mph wind, sunny until late morning then overcast. Spots of rain later but no low-cloud. LOC: IO84KQ, WAB NY20. Orange phone coverage.

As per 2007, the station was set up on the lip of a grassy rock-strewn promontory (NY 2717 0419) 70m east of the summit on arrival at 09:17; only 13 minutes prior to the announced QRV time of 08:30z. This area is just sufficiently large to take an 80m dipole.

Before long, the others summited. Prasanna took out his flask and began to tuck into a pot noodle aided by Will’s pocket knife, which stood in for a forgotten spoon. Somewhat delayed by photos, the station was deployed and set up for 160m operation but then there was a further delay caused by yet another break in the dipole wire. This is an ongoing problem which I hope has been solved in the regular dipole. Unfortunately, today’s aerial was the spare and this has not yet been strengthened. A ‘bodging kit’ containing random bits of wire with various crimped ends, enabled the 160m session to go ahead albeit now some 40 minutes late. As on the last activation, an RF burn to the thumb had been a result of the mismatch.

1.832 CW - 2 QSO’s:
I knew Mark G0VOF was planned to appear from Pendle Hill with Top Band QRP. The hope was that we could complete a rare S2S on 1.832 CW. Mark’s primary purpose was to take part in this weekend’s UHF fun weekend so it was a real bonus that he was found on 160m after such a delay. We worked successfully; Mark’s signal producing a reading of S6 on my meter and he giving my 100 Watts 599. The distance was 82 km (SE) and the path is largely clear. Low noise at both ends made it very easy.

A phone call to Roy G4SSH, which could not be made from the operating position a couple of metres down the east side, resulted in a spot being seen by George at GI4SRQ. After minor difficulty caused by QSB, we exchanged at 09:29z with 559 / 429 reports. Further CQ’s failed to have an effect but I later gathered via Frank G3RMD that my late QRV had cause some confusion. It was probably academic and would have made little difference whether daylight had been established for three hours or four hours.

7.031; 7.022; 7.034 CW - 21 QSO’s:
With the output set to 40 Watts and 100 Watts for Roy G4SSH (too close), 21 entities were logged as follows: G; DL; MW; OK; HB9 and PA. The first station worked was M0TUB/P Dave S2S on Pen-y-Ghent (G/NP-010) and there were what I thought might have been further S2S’s later; viz: Hans DL6UHA/P who sent something like ‘DA/ND013’ and Wil PA3Q/P with ‘PAFF8.’ (Roy G4SSH tells me that these are German Mountain Award and Flora & Fauna refs respectively). 50% of the stations worked were UK based.

I was listening on the H/H on 145.500 for Phil G4OBK on LD8 but was forced to switch the rig off when it became too distracting to read CW on 40m. For some reason the QSO rate was well below par for this session.

145.300 FM - 2 QSO’s: (more later)
Using 5W to a vertical, G4UXH/P Colin and Heather M6UXH both S2S’s on LDW-057.

7.128 SSB - 25 QSO’s:
Phone a spot via Roy and a 100W CQ brought in M0BKV Damian. Once established on the new frequency with the power reduced to 50W, calls came thick and fast. Apologies to those who don’t like lists but that was the style of operating until the pileup thinned out near the end. At one stage at around 11:00z, I was working 10 stations in 5 minutes and the ratio was 70/30 in favour of UK stations. There were two S2S’s as follows: Helen M0YHB/P on G/SC-013 and Lutz DL3SBA/P on DM/NW-181.

145.425 / 145.525 FM - 2 QSO’s: (more later)
Again two stations were worked with 5W to the half wave vertical from the IC-E90 but this time both were S2S’s as follows: Mike 2E0YYY/P on G/NP-010 Pen-y-Ghent and Derek 2E0MIX/P on HuMP HLD-044 / WOTA LDW-002 Scafell.

14.333 SSB - 8 QSO’s:
With another phone a spot with G4SSH it was quick and easy to establish on 20m with 80 Watts. Without the spot I could have called up here for an hour without attracting a single SOTA chaser. The reason for this QRG choice was that the Worked all Europe contest stations were not allowed to call between 14.3 and 14.35 MHz. There were other useful gaps on this and other HF bands which I endeavoured to commit to memory the day before.

Roy’s spot must have been seen quickly by someone who happened to be in the right place at the right time. Tom working as SM/N2YTF and operating top notch Swedish club station SK0TM, picked up the CQ immediately. Tom had come on Holiday with the purpose of working SOTA activators which he couldn’t hear in the USA. Neither had he enjoyed much success at this side of the pond up to now but sounded delighted to have logged a mountain. I asked him why SOTA interested him in particular and he went on to explain that he was a SOTA manager for the W1 region in the USA. This was a short but very friendly QSO and I didn’t miss the opportunity to acknowledge all the effort he must have put in to catalogue large numbers summits in his area.

After Tom came HB9AGH; a station who has supported many of my activations. Ambrosi has good English but I rarely hear his voice. Though CW is quicker and more readable in marginal conditions, SSB (or FM for that matter) is a good way to get to know people that little bit better. The 20m SSB log also shows: SP8RHB Robert; OM1AX Vlad; EA2DT; SP6BBE; AE4FZ (57/44) and HB9CMI Peter. No amount of CQ’ing would add to these eight so I gave up HF altogether at 12:28z in favour of 2m-FM.

145.575 - 1 QSO (more later):
At 12:35z Mark GO0VOF was heard operating from Pendle Hill on here. I couldn’t resist calling in to say hello and ask how his earlier 160m activation of the summit had gone. With just 5 Watts Mark had done twice as well as the two QSO’s I’d managed with 100W. 4 QSO’s is probably better than average for 160m daylight ops. Mark had two CW and two SSB contacts with unique stations in his 160m log. I was not in the best position for VHF so had to decline Mark’s offer of an announcement of a QSY freq for the chasers. Because of the desire for wind shelter, the HF station was currently not set up at the highest point. It needed to be relocated to the summit proper before thinking of an extended VHF session.

Location, location, location:
Apart from daytime 160m groundwave ops which had been adequate, the HF operating point on a summit is not critical. For VHF it’s best to be right on the top if possible. There was a lot of gear to be packed away and the task of removing the HF equipment and setting up a VHF station 50m away at the south summit, ate up half an hour. Whilst chatting to a couple who were there, I set up a short mast for 2m and made ready the 4m vertical and both rigs. I didn’t much like what I was seeing to the southwest - an angry sky and accelerating wind, so hoped I wouldn’t be there for too long. Many of the other activators were soon reporting the onset of expected deteriorating weather conditions.

145.425 & 145.550 FM - 28 QSO’s:
Before migrating to this frequency I worked two S2S’s on 145.425. This was Geoff’s frequency and he was caling ‘CQ G6MZX/P’ from Gt.Knoutberry G/NP-015. After our QSO, Andy G0FMF/P QSK’d to ask Geoff if he could have a quick S2S with me. ‘No problem’ replied Geoff and the deed was soon done. Yet another S2S. Andy was heading a Scottish ‘invasion’ (HI) of Blencathra G/LD-008.

This was a brilliant start to final ‘festivities’ on the local band but there were more summits to come: Terry G0VWP/P on LDW-009, Neil and Karen 2E0TDX/P and 2E0XYL/P on LDW-034 (Green Gable and on their way to Great Gable); Chris M0RSF/P on G/NP-004 Whernside; Colin & Heather G4UXH and M6UXH on Scafell HuMP HLD-044 / WOTA LDW-002. Surely that would be the last but then came Liz MO6EPW/P on LDW-162 followed by Glenn G6HFF/P on Winter Hill G/SP-010. The final QSO on 2m was also an S2S with LDW-057 Slightside where Derek 2E0MIX/P was now in charge.

Phil G4OBK was worked whilst on his way up to Skiddaw Little Man where we hoped to repeat the QSO. I somehow missed him probably by QSY’ing to 4m too early and I was all packed up and under pressure to walk off by the time he got to LD4 which was a real shame.

Fixed and mobile stations worked on 2FM consisted of: GM4WHA Geoff; G1OHH (Sue had failed to get a QSO on 40m SSB); G4BLH Mike; MO0XSD Colin; G0MZZ Tony; MM1MPB Mark in Annan; GO6ODU Bob; M6BLV John; M6VGW Kevin; G0TDM John; M3RDZ Roy; G4JNN Paul; G6YGJ Bob; GW1CJJ Phil; M1AVV Simon and finally M0SCU Stuart.

With no power worries and a handheld in reserve, 40 and later 50 Watts were used for these QSO’s. By the end the battery was almost on it’s last legs. (Total 2m-FM QSO’s: 33)

70.425 FM - 3 QSO’s:
Using the IC-E90 4-band handie with 3 Watts to my home-brew half-wave vertical, the following local stations were logged with good reports: G4BLH Mike - nr Nelson; MW0IML/M Barry parked at 1000ft ASL and finally M3RDZ Roy - Burnley. I asked Mike if he would give me a QSO on 70cm and he replied that he’d listen.

433.475 FM - 2 QSO’s:
Using the IC-E90 4-band handie with 5 Watts, as arranged with Mike G4BLH earlier, I called him on SU20. I was supposed to have connected the 2m half-wave J-Pole to the rig but when Mike didn’t come back in 5 minutes I began to investigate. I still had the 4m antenna connected. Furthermore it was laid on the rocks without its whip. Once this was rectified Mike gave me 52 which compared with 58 on 4m with similar power but a better antenna. The 2m J-Pole is being asked to work as a three lambda by two on 70cm. I think the VSWR is quite good at around 1.7:1 but it’s likely to be ‘spraying’ a bad pattern. The best that can be said is that it gets you on the band.

At 14:09z, just as I was about to switch off, GO0HRT Rob called in from Southport for the final QSO of the day with 54/55 reports.

I had been on the summit for six hours. Will had called me on the phone over 45 minutes before. They were half way down from Three Tarns at that point and though they intended having a beer in the Old Dungeon Hotel afterwards, I had little time to spare.

I made a big pile of mast sections, SOTA Beam, VHF Verticals, end sticks, poles and even an umbrella. Two strong bungies ‘captured’ this lot. It was slung on the rucksack and a rapid retreat made under an angry western sky. The overweight hardware caught on every obstruction possible in the rock gullies and almost forced me off into space at one point but at least the weather was benign on this side of the hill.

This time the proper route was adhered to just by keeping to the main path which brings you to the road at NY 2860 0520. It took exactly an hour to regain the car park by 16:18 BST. Fortunately my companions were still enjoying their drinks.

A little more was revealed about Prasanna who is a doctor. He is of Sri Lankan extraction but lived in Aberdeen for about 20 years whence he climbed no less than 167 Munros - the last over 15 years ago! Will had given up after Crinkle Crags but Prasanna had pressed on to Bow Fell; climbed it in cloud and caught Will up on his descent of The Band in about an hour. Now we know why he is so sprightly but it must also help that he is somewhat younger than both of us and has a better waistline.

One final thing both amused and amazed us. I had noticed at an early stage that Prasanna’s walking boots were like nothing I’d ever seen. Further investigation revealed that they were not walking boots at all but industrial footwear - a kind of cross between a boot and a shoe but with internal steel toecaps! Yes, Prasanna really had walked close to nine miles and climbed 3,850 feet in a £20 pair of Earthworks Totectors!!! No wonder he was complaining of sore toes.

After the beers, I had been appointed as driver for the return and off we set for Scarborough at 16:53, driving via Whitby and arriving at 20:30. This must have been premeditated and I did wonder why Will’s wife Julie had phoned in the week to ask about accidents, driving convictions and the date I’d passed my test.

LD24 - Pike of Blisco: 621m (2,037ft) ascent / 4.1km up and 3.5 km down. Total: 7.6km (4.8 miles)
Distance driven: 330 miles.
Battery utilisation: 11V, 13.2 Ah Li-Po - 99% used.
Pack weight: 14 kg.

160m CW: 2
40m CW: 21
40m SSB: 25
20m SSB: 8
2m FM: 33
4m FM: 3
70cm FM: 2

S2S’s: 21 ( /P omitted)
160m CW: GO0VOF Mark on G/SP-005.
40m CW: M0TUB Dave on G/NP-010 and Hans DL6UHA on DA/ND-013 (German Mtn. Award)
40m SSB: M0YHB Helen on G/SC-013 and Lutz DL3SBA on DM/NW-181.

2m FM:
G4UXH Colin on LDW-057
M6UXH Heather on LDW-057
2E0YYY Mike on G/NP-010
2E0MIX Derek on HLD-044 / LDW-002 (Scafell)
GO0VOF Mark on G/SP-005
G6MZX Geoff on G/NP-015
G0FMF Andy on G/LD-008
G0VWP Terry on LDW-009
2E0TDX Neil on LDW-034
2E0XYL Karen on LDW-034
M0RSF on G/NP-004
G4UXH Colin on HLD-044 / LDW-002 (Scafell)
M6UXH Heather on HLD-044 / LDW-002 (Scafell)
MO6EPW Liz on LDW-162
G6HFF Glenn on G/SP-010
2E0MIX Derek on LDW-057

PA3Q/P Wil - PAFF8 (Flora & Fauna)

The windspeed was forecast to increase to 50 mph gusts with rain in the late afternoon. Luckily, despite a threatening sky, this did not arrive until after we left.

The rocky Pike of Blisco is not the best of places to erect a dipole though there are much worse. Along the NE facing side, just off the summit was a compromise position which I fear when added to the delayed QRV time, may have cost the Dublin stations a Top Band QSO due to a combination of screening versus their noise levels. That said, I did work Northern Ireland. G3RMD in Cheltenham missed the chance of a QSO because of timing but the chances of success might have been below 20% at that time of day. Some of the other regulars may have had to go out before I could get on the air but the aim of opening a 160m QSO column for LD24 in SOTAwatch was fulfilled.

The Pendle Hill S2S with Mark GO0VOF was not affected by screening and was one of the easier 160m daytime QSO’s. It may have been the third or fourth 160m SOTA S2S ‘since records began.’ I tried CQ’ing for a while on 1.832 with no result then changed to 1.843 SSB for a couple of calls without any expectation and without a spot. The latter was a stillborn token effort.

40m has been working intermittently for inter-G contacts. Today it was ‘adequate’ but not at its best and neither was 20m though one 20m SSB QSO was with area 4 in the USA.

2m FM did sterling work and having avoided Sundays since I retired in 2005, I have completely forgotten just how crowded the band can be and how many summits were on the air. I don’t think that I have ever logged so many S2S’s in one day even from multiple summits. SOTA really is having a major impact on 2m band activity which can only be good for a potentially ‘use it or lose it’ hobby. I would like to see more SSB and CW activity on 2m but that’s coming from someone who hardly ever offers it.

I was aware that this was UHF fun weekend but my pathetic approach to it only rendered me two QSO’s on 70cm and these were the final ones of the day. I did output one ot two CQ’s on 433.5 throughout the day but the aerial used was optimal on 2m and partially screened for most of the morning. Also I used just 5 Watts. If I’d been serious about it I could have mustered 20W of FM or even SSB from the IC706 and relocated to the high point earlier but you can’t fit everything in and I couldn’t have easily carried a beam up.

THANKS FOR ALL S2S’s, TO ALL STATIONS WORKED and for spotting: G4SSH; DL6KVA; M0BKV; M0UKD; MM1MPB and G4BLH. Thanks to Roy G4SSH for valuable liaison mobile phone.

73, John G4YSS.
Using GO0OOO/P in celebration of the London Olympic Games 2012.

In reply to G4YSS:

Congratulations on another excellent activation and comprehensive report John.

DL6UHA DA/ND-013 is a German Mountain Award station
PA3Q PAFF8 is a Flora and Fauna Award station


In reply to G4YSS:

You were busy John. It was a delight to work you S2S for the 1st time I think in nearly 6 years of SOTA operating. As for S2S contacts, 2m was fair buzzing, certainly the largest number of S2S contacts I can recall. There was less UHF activity for me but I managed 7 QSOs on 23.

I pulled the plug just after 2pm as the wind was now ferocious and the clouds looked really black and nasty. Skiddaw has vanished by then. The WX was seem to be getting worse all the way back to the car so I reckon it must have been fairly rough up top if you left 1hr30 later.

You had my call as G0FMF in your report and I took the administrator’s liberty of fixing that. :wink: You may want to check your logs have the M not G prefix.


In reply to G4YSS:

Hi John,

Thanks for the S2S from Pike of Blisco - G/LD-024, a unique for me.

The combination of all your Oscars and all my Yankees, was quite a tongue twister :wink:

73 Mike

In reply to MM0FMF:

Hi Andy,
Yes it was great to work S2S with you. A rare moment indeed!! We had to be quick though as it was Geoff’s freq. FB!

Your impression of so many S2S’s would be enhanced by being in LD and not GM. There were an awful lot. I think if we’d been purposefully stalking them all day we could have worked 40!

Sorry about getting your callsign wrong but when you remove the Scottish ‘M’ I removed the other one aswell then substitited ‘G’. To be quite honest, I still am not used to ‘M’ or even ‘2’. When I was licenced they didn’t exist and I’m easily confused!

Hope to work you again soon. Keep on activating those hard GM’s.

73, John.

In reply to G4YSS:
John, I want to say how much I appreciated your operating skills. You brought me in and prioritised me due to my very weak signal and made my tenacious attempts to contact you worthwhile. Thank you.

In reply to G4WTF:
Hi John

Thank you for your patience when working me S2S. Conditions my end were pretty poor to say the least! Also to all other activators and chasers too.

I was battling to keep the antenna vertical whilst huddled tight up against the small cairn for the only available shelter from the brunt of it all. It was difficult to hear above the wind noise, despite trying to shield the speaker mike inside the top of my coat with the volume turned right up.

I stuck it out until getting the final S2S of the day with Karen and Neil on Great Gable who were getting equally battered with no visibilty, before beating a hasty retreat to lower ground and the shelter of the forrest before taking the long exposed walk back to the car.

Glad to hear that you managed to avoid the bad weather.

Derek 2e0mix was not so lucky and had both mast and antenna snappped and having to cone down off of Sca Fell in little to no visibilty.

What a difference a day makes! Saturday on Little Mell Fell had been a glorious afternoon



In reply to G4YSS:

Thanks again for a supebly detailed report & for our QSO’s on Sunday, especially our S2S, which are still pretty rare on 160m. I did total up how many there had been in the entire history of SOTA sometime last year, & although it is now more than three, I don’t think it is in double figures yet. I will check that in time for my Top Band report.

Like G/LD-024, Pendle Hill had also never been activated on 160m, so I was especially pleased to have made 4 unique contacts, which is a first for me on a single activation.

I had thought I may be late, but I was in position & set up in very good time (for me at least). As I had alerted for 0830z, & as you had not yet appeared on frequency I began calling CQ myself, with Mike G4BLH (using his 40m dipole) being first to respond. Mike spotted my & although Frank G3RMD was a good 559 with me, he did not hear my many calls. I did work Frank on 80m CW a little later, followed again on 60m SSB later still.

I am glad I was not your only contact on 160m, as I know the effort involved in setting up a QRO station for the band, hence I opted for QRP. Hearing from other activators on the day it looks like I got the best of the weather for a change with those in the Lakes, certainly the western side experiencing some bad weather. I have some photos & video of my day on Pendle,including of our S2S QSO, along with an audio recording of much of the rest of my radio activity. Sadly though, not of my stint on 80m CW, for which I must have forgotten to start the mp3 recorder. Although I did not need the recording on this occasion as my log stayed dry, it would come in handy if everything got drenched as it has on previous activations.

Thanks again & very best 73,


In reply to G4YSS:

Yes, another great report from you John and great to work you on 2mFM again (I hope you operate 2mFM a lot more when I am in range), I did try to work you on 40m but I couldn’t make myself heard before you soon faded below the high noise floor I had that day.

And you also got the Callsign I was using on that day wrong in the report, I was using the Olympic Call MO0XSD.

73, Colin (now back to M0XSD).

In reply to G4YSS:
Hi John.Another fine report and it was great to work you from Great Knoutberry.I did not fair to well on 433 only one contact and that was Derek 2E0MIX/P on LDW002.But got another 6 s2s on 145.And 6 hours on the Pike of Blisco.I couldnt talk Joan in staying that long.73 Geoff G6MZX

In reply to ALL:


Thanks Roy for the info. I should have known that. Log & report are correct now. Thanks for all the spots!

73, John.

Hi Andy,

Further to earlier reply. Thanks for removing the surplus post from the reflector. I must have double clicked the ‘send.’

See you again soon.
73, John.

Hi Mike,

One day I will remember your name instead of, ‘Ah, you’re the battery man.’ HI. Yes, I get some twisted tongues and laughter with that callsign but we do seem to specialise with 3 letters the same in our suffixes around here. I have two, my son one, Roy’s son one, his daughter two etc. At least they’re easy to remember.

73, John.

Thanks Ian,

Having been a WAB op in the past, I always listen for mobile, portable and other weaker stations and try to get them a QSO. It’s just habit. Sometimes it’s not possible, or you just don’t hear them at all. Thanks for the QSO’s - CW & SSB.

Hello Liz.

I completely understand about the WX. It was worse than where I was. I think I was fortunate to get a nice walk down. It was quite evident that it was certainly cutting up rough to the west of me. Thanks for LDW-162. I see that you have done the one I was on Pike of Blisco and it gave you the most QSO’s of any. Well done with the activating and congrats on the new (ish) callsign. 73, John.

Hi Mark,

Great 160m S2S. As you say - rare. Interest is increasing but very slowly due probably to the difficulties of getting the band. I wouldn’t know how to check for 160m S2S’s - I guess it’s the hard way, searching through likely contenders but it’s good to know that you are now custodian of the SOTA history of 160m. I think we might get another activator soon if he can sort the hardware - Colin M0CGH.

Sorry about being late. It was partly an underestimate of the ascent time then things went wrong with the spare aerial (which I still haven’t fixed). I just watched your video of the NP1 - motorbike / layby sked and it seems like I was running a bit behind then too. Good job it was a nice day; it was certainly a good video and well editted - enjoyed watching.

Well done on getting Pendle on Top Band. It seemed almost a miracle that you managed to muster not one but two locals on SSB. This is rare for me but I don’t usually operate on Sundays. I maybe could have tried the same but it was later and I was running behind for all what I wanted to do. Must look on SSB more often.

Frank can be a challenge on 160m. I don’t work him that often but almost always hear him when he calls me. It’s down to his noise levels.

I was pleasantly surprised when you came back so quickly on 160. I thought I would have missed the boat so thanks for your vigilance. Will look fwd to ur next report and vid.

73, John.

Thanks Colin re the reports.

They take ages to do but somehow having started them in December 2003, I feel the need to carry on. A lot did them in the early days but there are only me and a few others left now. I can see why too! The time would be better used on further activating.

Sorry about the error; it’s correct in the log though.

40m was a bit fadie / noisy - it can be worse if you’re close than if you’re distant - so nice to succeed on 2FM. I don’t generally work on 2FM for multiple summits but when it’s just one in a day - usually in summer or sometimes a family thing - I can put on a few bands other than 160 & 40 or 160 & 80. I often give a last call on 70.450 before leaving, even on multi-summit days, so if you have 4 you could maybe get a QSO if we’re quick and you’re in range of my 3W to an extended duck.

73, John.

Hello Geoff,

Thanks for your comments and also for letting Andy through for a quick S2S. Hope you didn’t miss out on any QSO’s.

OK on 70cm. As it was supposed to be special that day, I really should have made time for it but 6 hours seems to fly by with me.

It’s strange that XYL’s don’t see it our way. Having put in all the effort to get to the top, I like to stay as long as I can. I remember I used to stay up to 4 hours at the top of mountains before SOTA. Just luxuriating in the environment. At least Joan goes with you and that’s really nice. Mine started off going on two (NP2 and NP10 twice) but that was in the 1970’s. She then went through a long stage of not wanting to and at one stage not wanting me to either! Now that she can’t due to MS and a few other problems, she probably wishes she could! Ironic.

Sounds like you had a really nice day on NP15. I like that one for its wall if the WX turns ugly.

73, John.