A quick outing for me today, to G/LD-024 Pike of Blisco, for the second time this year. The last outing was on a Summer’s evening, today it was 0°C as I parked up at the top of Wrynose Pass.
Parking at the top of the Pass
Today I brought along my new second-hand SuperAntenna. Aware of the ARLL contest I thought this might give me some alternative non-contest bands. It is also true that the summit of Pike of Blisco is predominantly rock. I’ve never tried an HF dipole here as I thought it would be hard work. So previous activations have been VHF only.
The walk in is very pleasant, around 45 minutes, past Red Tarn. The Crinkle Crags and Bowfell loom large to the West as you start the ascent to the summit.
Left to Crinkle Crags
Right to Pike of Blisco
One of the two summit cairn stone piles
Great views to the Langdales
As you reach the summit you look down into the Langdale valley with all the additional height gained on the drive up to the top of Wrynose now available in the panoramic views to the East.
VHF activation was using the FT1XD with RH-550 telescopic whip. After FM I also did C4FM and got better general signal strengths, but I’ve never been able to conclude the mode works better than FM!
After VHF I setup the SuperAntenna about a metre away from me. I used the 12/12/15/17m radial set, spread out across the lee side of the cairn stones I was hiding behind, and down the drop off.
Super Antenna on low tripod
FT-817 hooked up
I thought 17m would be clearer given the contest and had a great run of contacts. SWR was 1:1. There was an activator on 15m but I didn’t get any responses to my spot. For 20m I carried on using the 17m radial set which seems to work really well with a slightly increased SWR. Was very happy to get 59 reports using this antenna. With the low tripod the antenna weighs about the same as the SOTABeams dipole and the 10m compact travel mast.
Date: 22/11/2020 | Summit: G/LD-024 (Pike of Blisco) | Call Used: M0NOM/P | Points: 0 | Bonus: 0 |
|10:31||G7CDA||144MHz||OTHER||GPS: 28.6m SSE|
|10:32||G1OHH||144MHz||OTHER||GPS: 28.8m SSE|
By the time I’d finished with 20m I was getting really cold - I now know the signs for onset Hypothermia and have learnt to act on them. The wind had picked up and it was making a massive difference to the air temperature. So whilst I would have liked to have tried 40m and 60m it was unfortunately time to pack up.
Thank you to all the chasers! One chaser who I didn’t get in the log called me on both 17m and 20m, callsign ending in NZI so if this is you I apologize!
HEMAs Crinkle Crags & Bowfell
All photos here.
73! Mark. M0NOM