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Lake District SOTA Weekend 18/19th May 2019 part2


First one down. The drive over was a pain due to an accident on the M6 near Penrith, but the weather was glorious! Spoke to Pete whilst driving towards Kendal and then Jamie S2S from High Rigg. Fingers crossed for the rest of the weekend. Park run tomorrow (wife not me!) then SOTA.


Can’t be at the pub tonight (Friday evening) I’m afraid - I’m already booked for a hockey presentation apparently. Should have checked (or not done a bloke-check) of the diary.

Regards, Mark. M0NOM


I’ll be at the Brookside Fri evening in case there are any other SOTA freaks arriving early.


Hope you had a good day Paul, sounds like you had fun (apart from Thornthwaite Gap, which is never fun in my opinion!).


Hi Mark, actually I felt right at home like I never left HB9!


Hopefully not us freaks? Haha…
See you in Brookside 7-7.30pm Paul our guesthouse is right across the road. We’ll be eating but haven’t booked. Thanks for the High Street QSO at lunchtime today.
Glad to hear from Andy that WX forecast is a little better for tmw.

73 Phil


OK Phil, I wont go until I see you. Look for the guy with the HB9DST cap. The strange looking guy!


I may be able to pop in after this event, not sure when however!


It seems the weather has improved for tomorrow. I will be active from my alerted summit on 2M FM and SSB.

73 Chris M0RSF


I lnow I will regret saying this tomorrow, but it seems whenever I visit the UK I bring that good California wx with me ;). See you all tomorrow night at Brookside!!!


Early night Mark, great pub good grub, lager and wine. Good company with VPX, DST and my XYL. Early night now in bed.

See you tmw



I turned up at 9:30pm but figured everyone had a early night. I asked about tomorrow night and it’s fine but the FA cup final is on (blissfully ignorant not being a football fan). I don’t think that can be avoided realistically and the top area is TV free so we should be fine, it may have an impact on food times so just be aware!

Good luck everyone for tomorrow, stay safe, stay within your limits and I wish you lots of S2S and chaser contacts!



Just on G/LD-029 having fun on HF bit of inter G on 40m.

The shack view and shack for the morning

Waiting for some VHF s2s



Good to work you this morning from Hereford. Great photos and good to see the MTR5 in action. Best 73’s, Ian G4WTF


Yes, well done Graeme. The early bird certainly caught the worm. Loads of QSB, but you provided the best inter-G contact on 40m for me for absolutely ages. Many thanks for the Complete. Just sorry that I cannot be up there with you all this weekend. Have fun!

73, Gerald


3 down and not a drop of rain :grin:
Blake Fell was a lovely walk and good views (especially of all the clouds on the higher fells).
Swinside is short… and steep! Not sure I’d rush back to this one but I’ve ticked it off now.
Taxi driver is still on form (thanks to a tea stop on the way back), so looking forward to that first pint! Thanks for all the S2S de G6PJZee/P :wink:


Thanks Gerald and Ian I was shocked to make so many QSOs from that side of the Lakes, plenty of VHF S2S /chasers logged from G-LD029 and G/LD-59 today.
Knew it would be a struggle finding a freq and in some cases a summit unoccupied, the activators I heard were happy to share or hand over the freq.
The LNR MTR with the small size, low weight and a couple watts output always amazes me when you get a reply to your call.

Very enjoyable day and a big thanks to Mark M0NOM for organising the event.



I have been on some co-activations, never a co-co-co-co activation. 4 of us on LD-022 M/N6JFD, G4IPB, The guy that put this chaos together/M0NOM, and not sure if i refer to that guy on the end W6PNG or M0SNA :wink:


Amazing signal for such a small rig Graeme. Thankfully the early activation meant that the neighbours were still in bed and the noise level was lower than usual. Lots of QSB, but you were a genuine 559 with me. I was looking for others on and off during the day. I called Andy on Swinside, but my antenna would not match properly on 60m and he didn’t copy me. Pity, that would also have been a Complete. :frowning_face:

73, Gerald


Thanks for putting on 60m Andy. I gave you a call, but had a mismatch on the antenna, so the rig only put out a few watts. By the time I’d had a fiddle and coaxed some more RF out, you had called it a day. Antenna review definitely required!

73, Gerald