Thank’s all for your advice - John G4YSS you were bang on!
No problems activing 9 Standards with the 4w and rucksack special. The trick is to get on the side of the hill, within the activation zone of course, and then walk off it in the opposite direction to catch the rest.
Kirkby Stephen side of hill - worked:
M6CLO (HOUGHTON LE SPRING)
Keld side of hill - worked:
G0EVV/M MOBILE ON A19 NORTH OF MIDDLESBOROUGH
G1CCL MORECAMBE (DAVE HAD BEAM - NIL ON HIS VERTICAL)
G4BLH BRIARFIELD 55/41 BUT GOOD CONTACT.
We are now ar Butt House Keld in the lap of luxury as I sup the Weston’s Bounds Scrumpy Cider and await a 3 course meal courtesy of Trish and Linda our hosts. The infamous Mrs Doreen Whitehead retired some years ago.
As we left the summit today the remains of our walk (7 miles) was in rain. We had lunch in the unlocked Black Hut above Whitsundale with two Australian girls called Mary & Linda who we intend to meet with at Lion Inn for a pub meal next week, which we will visit - it is 12 miles from our home.
This has been a fantastic holiday, 9 days on the trail, no rain until today. We finish tomorrow at Reeth and return home via the Thirsk Market Place chippy.
Two of the group achieved something Alfred Wainwright didn’t - by climbing to the top of the Howitzer on Helm Crag, whihc is where I operated from sat down with the rucksack special in my sack.
Battery now low on laptop, so now QRT - thanks to Roy for the dial a spot help and of course the all important spotters on the SOTA/WOTA summits that were all succesffuly activated.
PS Sorry to miss Ian 2E0EDX - we were early and off the side of the hill at the time you were QRV today - you win some, you lose some.