Climbing to the summit of The Cloud G/SP-015 was a joy. Let me show you why:
That was the view East towards Gun G/SP-013 and The Roaches as I walked up. A bright a warm sunrise over the mist filled valley. I soon reached the summit, which was one of the few islands above the sea of low cloud.
Unsurprisingly, I was not the only photographer taking in this spectacle. I was just using the camera on my phone though, while the other chap had all the proper gear, tripod and everything.
That is the summit village of Mow Cop peeping through, at the other end of the ridge from The Cloud G/SP-015. The Gritstone Trail connects the two before continuing down the canal to Kidsgrove.
This photo shows the view across to Croker Hill / Sutton Common, and the locally well-known Bosley telecommunications tower. Anyway, after the unplanned pause to take the photos and take in the views, I set up a groundplane antenna for 28MHz. Conditions were quite good with Japan and China both easily audible. All the DX stations were only interested in working the Scandinavians though, in the SAL contest.
I made just six QSOs on 10m, 2 on SSB and 4 on CW. This comprised one TA, one UR and four RA, three of which had the special UE16 prefix.
Then it was time to do as I had threatened on the SOTAwatch reflector and do something on 2m SSB. I changed the antennas over and started to call. Just eight stations were worked, with Don G0RQL being the best DX in IO70. Other squares worked were IO81, IO82, IO83, IO92 and IO93.
Things were pretty slow, so I went down to 2m CW - where of course things were very much slower! I limped to four QSOs on CW in around 25 minutes. I then tried 2m PSK31 on 144.138MHz, but there were just no takers at all. I must have called for getting on half-an-hour, but to no avail.
The summit got busier, which was no surprise on such a glorious morning. There was, as usual, lots of interest in what I was doing. At around 11am I decided to pack down and descend, with 18 contacts in the logbook. The radio was a bit disappointing but the weather and the views were worth going out for alone.