Activation Report - Pike Of Blisco G/LD-024 on 22nd Feb-09.
Pike Of Blisco, QRP.
All times: UTC on 24-02-09.
In an attempt to acquire further Winter Bonus points I chose to activate Pike Of Blisco of which would add a further 9 points to the tally.
Left a very clear, dry and very mild Blackpool at 0800 hours, arriving at the Three Shire Stones at 0945 hours. After a brew, soup and a ciggie I made a start in again a peasouper from the parking area at 1000 hours then via the track to Red Tarn. The track was excellent all the way to the tarn, approximately a mile and a half or just over and I checked navigation continously with the GPS . Up to this point none of the high fells to my east could be seen although extremely close to the track, visibility down to only 15m and on reaching my second Waypoint the start of Red Tarn, well I just could not see the Tarn due to hill fog. Unbelievable as the Tarn is very big on the map. Kept going to the next waypoint, track junction after the Tarn and took a breather. Although so far had been a long but easy walk in I was still over a 1/2 hour early. Had a lucosade and then started the route to the summit. The route up to the summit from here looked impossible with total hill fog in front, however the GPS took me all the way. The going wasn’t too bad at all.
Onto the summit with visibility down to 10m and I estimated where the large summit cairn was and found it quite quickly and after a coffee, set-up the VX-170 and RSS by wedging the RSS awkwardly into the stonework of the summit shelter again (lazy I know). Also set up the 4m Wouxun and military antenna.
Started off on 2m FM where I worked 12 stations with the furthest contact being Ron GW4EVX/P on Moel Famau, NW-044 Summit to Summit, a SOTA Summit To Summit Unique for both of us.
Then onto 4m using the newly acquired Wouxun KG-699E with 5w output into the military antenna working Mike G4BLH in Briarfield, then MW1FGQ, Dave G1CCL in Morecambe and Ron GW4EVX/P activating Moel Famau NW-044 for my first 4m Summit To Summit contact. Very pleased with the way this radio worked again. Initially signal reports were down on both 2 & 4m, with a 43 report given by Mike GW0DSP on 2m and a 31 by Mike G4BLH, a 41 by MW1FGQ and a 42 from Dave G1CCL on 4m although receiving them from a 55/59. However, confidence was restored when Ron GW4EVX/P came on with 59+ both ways and the Summit To Summit on 4m. I even qualified the summit on a weekday on 4m, so the set-up of the Wouxun and military antenna seems to be working fine. I think the path from the summit to some Chaser QTH’s was perhaps not the best. Look forward to confirmation from those stations mentioned.
Many thanks to all stations worked…