|WOTA ID: LDO-067||Height: 321 m (1053 ft)|
|SOTA ID: G/LD-050||Grid ref: SD390884|
|QTH Locator: IO84MG|
|Lat: 54.287427 Long: -2.937165|
Following various changes in my family requirements this morning I wasn’t able to head to the planned summit Red Screes G/LD-017 as I was running about an hour late, so I opted instead to bring out the big guns FT-857D and the trusted SOTABeams Band Hopper IV (with an additional section for 60m) and head for my go-to local summit Gummer’s How G/LD-050. I think this is my 38th activation of that summit.
Thankfully the wind stayed much calmer than predicted and only after 3 hours did I finally deploy the tarpaulin to get some protection from the strengthening wind.
This is a popular family summit as you have a good head start from the road on the height and it has lovely views of the Lake District Fells and also Morecambe Bay and The Pennines to the East. I had to break off the radio many times to explain what I was up to, everyone was very interested.
Obviously the main focus was looking out for @EA2IF Guru’s spot and I managed to get him in the log on 30m CW after an hour on the summit. Bands were weird - it didn’t really open to the USA although there were some big stations making it through. As I am close to my 2,500 S2S points I concentrated on both working a frequency and also doing the crocodile-clip shuffle on the antenna to try not to miss an opportunity. There was no propagation to Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, but even so I did manage to get a healthy 19 S2S, so thank you to everyone who made the effort. What was also clear was that SOTA folk who were unable to head to a summit today were on the radio from home, a wonderful group effort.
Not much DX in the log but of note was my second contact with YI1WWA Wisam in Baghdad who’s pileup I happened across by chance and somehow managed to break straight through. KA2HTV was a big signal but with a 5 over 5 over 5 antenna at 176 feet that isn’t too much of a surprise! I also enjoyed a good group of contacts on 60m and 80m.
Next weekend our local panto starts a run for a week and I have volunteered as follow spot, so my radio activity will be taking a backseat for a while. Both my wife and daughter are in it this time round!
As the sun was setting the moon rose which was a magical end to the day, with the lake taking on a distinctive pink hue.