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A bit of sad news from the BBC about Joe Longthorne.

Andrew G4VFL

It’s been hard to come to terms with this.

Saturday 3rd August 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015

Gig: Liam Read Band
Venue: Urmston Musical Theatre, Manchester

http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm

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Wednesday 7th August 2019 - Gun G/SP-015 & The Cloud G/SP-015

Gig: Liam Read
Venue: Swan With Two Necks, Macclesfield

http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm

Also activation report added for 6m FT8/SSB/CW activation last night.

Friday 9th August 2019 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

Gig: Liam Read Band
Venue: Swan With Two Necks, Macclesfield


Saturday 10th August 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Gig: Simon Faulkner Band
Venue: Bistro Live!. Milton Keynes


Sunday 11th August 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

(no gig)


Monday 12th August 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Gig: Joe Longthorne’s Final Show
Venue: Sacred Heart Church, Blackpool


Wednesday 14th August 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Gig: Liam Read Open Mic Night
Venue: Swan With Two Necks, Macclesfield


All reports and photos via these links:

http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm

Friday 16th August 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015

Gig: Liam Read Band
Venue: Harrington Arms, Bosley

http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm

Saturday 24th August 2019 - Dundry Down G/SC-010

Gig: You, Me & The Dancefloor
Venue: The Old Bank, Keynsham

http://tomread.co.uk/dundry_down_sc-010.htm

(Includes a radio joke for readers of a certain “vintage”).

Gig: You, Me & The Dancefloor
Venue: Village Hall, Old Sodbury

Sunday 25th August 2019 - Wentwood GW/SW-033, Ruardean Hill G/WB-021 & May Hill G/WB-019

http://tomread.co.uk/wentwood_sw-033.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/ruardean_hill_wb-021.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/may_hill_wb-019.htm

Thursday 29th August 2019 - Bredon Hill G/CE-003 & Cleeve Hill G/CE-001

Gig: The Platters
Venue: Concorde Club, Eastleigh

http://tomread.co.uk/bredon.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/cleeve.htm

Friday 30th August 2019 - Ditchling Beacon G/SE-006 & Crowborough G/SE-007

http://tomread.co.uk/ditchling_beacon_se-006.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/crowborough_se-007.htm

Saturday 31st August 2019 - Botley Hill G/SE-005 & Detling Hill G/SE-013

Gig: Simon Faulkner Band
Venue: Church Gables, Rolleston, Newark-on-Trent

http://tomread.co.uk/botley_hill_se-005.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/detling_hill_se-013.htm

Sunday 1st September 2019 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

Gig: Stu Clark & Friends
Venue: The Venue, Lymm

http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm

Monday 2nd September 2019 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm

Tuesday 3rd September 2019 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

http://tomread.co.uk/shining.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm

Saturday 7th September 2019 - Billinge Hill G/SP-017

Gig: Britain’s Rare Guitars Live
Venue: The Edge, Wigan

http://tomread.co.uk/billinge.htm

Monday 9th September 2019 - Gun G/SP-013, The Cloud G/SP-015 & Shining Tor G/SP-004

http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/shining.htm

[Bumper crop of C4FM Fusion QSOs on the G/SP-004 activation!]

A few more activation reports added to the website. Quite a few new photos too - including some nice sunrise shots from The Cloud.

Saturday 14th September 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015, Gun G/SP-013 & Shining Tor G/SP-004

Sunday 15th September 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Monday 16th September 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Tuesday 17th September 2019 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

Wednesday 18th September 2019 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015
Gig: Liam Read - Open Mic
Venue: Swan With 2 Necks, Macclesfield

Saturday 21st September 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015
Gig: Liam Read Band + Dan Toft & guests - Open Mic
Venue: Harrington Arms, Bosley

Click on the links below for the activation reports and photos:

http://tomread.co.uk/shining.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm

Here’s a load more to bring us up-to-date with the “SOTA on Tour” activations, one or two others, and all the photos. (Feel free to deliberately NOT click to see the truly awful photos of the truly awful Dundry Dump).

Friday 27th September 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Gig: Simon Faulkner Band
Venue: Leigh Cricket Club

http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm


Saturday 28th September 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Gig: Elvis & All The King’s Men
Venue: Derbyshire County Cricket Club, The Pattonair, Derby

http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm


Sunday 29th September 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Gig: Liam Read Band Bandeoke
Venue: Swan With Two Necks, Macclesfield

http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm


Tuesday 1st October 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015

(Tuesday night activity contests - 107 QSOs on 2m)

http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm


Wednesday 2nd October 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015

(30m FT8 experiment)

http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm


Saturday 5th October 2019 - Hegdon Hill G/WB-023 & Burton Hill G/WB-020

Gig: Simon Faulkner Band
Venue: Lemore Manor, Eardisley

http://tomread.co.uk/hegdon_hill_wb-023.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/burton.htm


Sunday 6th October 2019 - Black Mountain GW/SW-041

(travel back day from Saturday gig - operating G5D in RSGB DX Contest)

http://tomread.co.uk/black_mountain_sw-041.htm


Tuesday 8th October 2019 - Garway Hill G/WB-013 & Aconbury Hill G/WB-024

Gig: Simon Faulkner Band
Venue: Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury

http://tomread.co.uk/garway.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/aconbury.htm


Wednesday 9th October 2019 - Dundry Down G/SC-010 & Beacon Batch G/SC-003

Gig: 60s Gold - The Mindbenders & Steve Ellis
Venue: Fairfield Halls, Croydon

http://tomread.co.uk/dundry_down_sc-010.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/beacon_batch_sc-003.htm


Thursday 10th October 2019 - Firle Beacon G/SE-010 & Wilmington Hill G/SE-011

Gig: 60s Gold - The Mindbenders & Steve Ellis
Venue: Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

http://tomread.co.uk/firle_beacon_se-010.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/wilmington_hill_se-011.htm


Friday 11th October 2019 - Cheriton Hill G/SE-015 & Cliffe Hill G/SE-014

Gig: Simon Faulkner Band
Venue: Tom Brown’s Brasserie, Gunthorpe

http://tomread.co.uk/cheriton_hill_se-015.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/cliffe_hill_se-014.htm


Saturday 12th October 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Gig: Funky Doctors
Venue: Styal Lodge

http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm


Wednesday 16th October 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Gig: TribFest Bahrain - The Cream of Clapton & U2 Tribute & Coldplay tribute
Venue: Bahrain Rugby Club

http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm

(This gig was on Friday 18th October, but no A9 association and no M0HGY in attendance - so no SOTA on gig day! Had to make do with SOTA on travel / flight day! Some Bahrain photos in these reports).

Tuesday 22nd October 2019 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

Just getting back in the swing of things after my overseas antics!

http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm

Just missed you on The Cloud the other day from Pickmere. We have a nice line-of-sight, although nearly with an obstruction.

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Great photo Simon!

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

Gig: Liam Read - Open Mic
Venue: Swan With Two Necks

Liam was hosting Open Mic and needed me on the gig - so my own rules stated that I needed to record a couple of activations!

Thursday 24th October 2019 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

No gig, but a pub lunch walk with Marianne around Wildboarclough to get some nice photos, before a couple of night-time activations where I found a VERY congested 2m FM band!

Friday 25th October 2019 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

No gig again (unless one comes in this afternoon…). The previous night’s wx forecast warned of heavy rain from late morning onwards - so I got out early!

http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm

Saturday 26th October 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015, Gun G/SP-013 & Shining Tor G/SP-004

Gig: Motown Gold
Venue: Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor, Retford

A rapid triple activation, dodging the floods and mist - some new photos on these.


Sunday 27th October 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Gig: Liam Read Band Bandeoke
Venue: Swan With Two Necks, Macclesfield

90 minutes working CQWW SSB stations on The Cloud, and a quickfire HT raid on Gun


Monday 28th October 2019 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

A quick pair of handheld activations before some tutoring, and home for the special 50th edition of the Late Night Liam radio programme on Canalside Radio 102.8 FM.

If you missed this show, full of great music and special guest contributions from all the featured artistes - including some big names - you can catch it “on demand” via Liam’s website.

All activation reports and photos pertaining to the above can be found on the following three webpages:

The Cloud G/SP-015 - http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
Gun G/SP-013 - http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm
Shining Tor G/SP-004 - http://tomread.co.uk/shining.htm

Tuesday 29th October - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

We did a lovely walk - Monsal Head to Miller’s Dale - photos on The Cloud page.

After getting home, I nipped out to do a couple of activations.

The Cloud G/SP-015 - http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
Gun G/SP-013 - http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm

Great to see Dave @G3TQQ on Gun today!

Wednesday 30th October 2019 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

Gig: Liam Read @ Open Mic
Venue: Swan With Two Necks, Macclesfield

Gun G/SP-013 - http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm
The Cloud G/SP-015 - http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm

Right - better go and do said gig!

Thursday 31st October 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Gig: Omega Big Band
Venue: Winwick Leisure Centre, Warrington

The Cloud G/SP-015 - http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
Gun G/SP-013 - http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm

Friday 1st November 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Late-night “triple” activation outing!

Saturday 2nd November 2019 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

On The Cloud for the NA-EU S2S event - 16 S2S, 15 DX, 3 DX S2S, 53 QSOs, 5 SWL.

Operated from my backpacking tent. FT-817, 5 watts, homemade 20m quarter-wave vertical with groundplane. Several photos on this report.

The Cloud G/SP-015 - http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
Gun G/SP-013 - http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm

Another gig tonight, so about to nip out - for what will be SOTA activations 2800 and 2801 for me. :slight_smile:

Sunday 3rd November 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Gig: Stu Clark & Friends
Venue: The Venue, Lymm

Left it late to get out activating before a gig that me and Liam were on, so back to the 2m FM handheld “low-effort” activating! Good activity though, and five contacts quickly made on each summit.

The Cloud G/SP-015 - http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
Gun G/SP-013 - http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm

Monday 4th November 2019 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Busy day. Shoehorned-in a couple of SOTAs.

The Cloud G/SP-015 - http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
Gun G/SP-013 - http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm