This has, kind of, been a long time coming. Jimmy’s first involvement in SOTA was way back on 7th September 2002, when as a 9 year old, he accompanied me to the summit of Shining Tor G/SP-004. I had just worked Shirley MW3GTE/P (later MW0YLS, RIP) on Gyrn Moelfre GW/NW-049, and she coaxed me into wandering up the hill I was parked beneath.
Jimmy continued enthusiastically accompanying me on all my expeditions, often in his wellies in those early days. He was soon doing bits and bobs like setting the SOTA Beam up, improving his map reading and learning about amateur radio. When he decided he wanted to do his Foundation Licence course in 2005, it was with the sole aim of doing SOTA. He had already accompanied me and helped on well over 200 activations by then.
So he’s been involved for nearly 6.5 years. But today came the first trophy. We drove out from home this morning with him on 983 chaser points. I went to activate The Cloud G/SP-015 before heading north for the NP Fun Day. Jimmy (sensibly) chose to remain in the car for the 25 minutes or so it took me to ascend, activate and descend. Here’s how it went for him from there…
M3EYP/M on Cloudside
0724 M1EYP/P on SP-015 (1) 984
M3EYP/M on M6/A-roads in Cumbria
0903 G4BLH/P on SP-005 (2) 986
0916 2E0RCS/P on NP-004 (6) 992
0953 G4OIG/P on NP-011 (4) 996
M3EYP/P on Wild Boar Fell G/NP-007 (hence all S2S)
1249 M1AVV/P on LD-033 (2) 998
1250 G1OPV/P on SP-008 (2) 1000 = SS
1252 G4OIG/P on NP-015 (4) 1004
1255 2E0KPO/P on NP-017 (4) 1008
1257 G1INK/P on NP-008 (6) 1014
1259 M3OOL/P on NP-006 (6) 1020
1308 G6MZX/P on NP-032 (2) 1022
1316 GW4EVX/P on NW-051 (2) 1024
1320 G4OBK/P on NP-024 (2) 1026
1326 G3WGU/P on LD-028 (4) 1030
1331 M0LMP/P on NP-010 (4) 1034
1332 2E0FSR/P on NP-004 (0) 1034
1338 2E0RCS/P on NP-005 (6) 1040
1346 M3TMX/P on NP-011 (0) 1040
1349 G4RQJ/P on LD-035 (2) 1042
1357 G4CPA/P on NP-028 (1) 1043
1358 G0DSP/P on NP-028 (0) 1043
1404 G7SKR/P on SP-010 (1) 1044
1412 G1JTD/P on NP-008 (0) 1044
So it was Phil G1OPV that gave him the all important 1000th point with the S2S to Boulsworth Hill.
Congratulations Jimmy. I’m sure the Mountain Goat won’t be too far behind.