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SOTA on Tour 4

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

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

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

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

Thursday 4th June 2020

Hail Storm Hill G/SP-009 - http://tomread.co.uk/hail.htm
Freeholds Top G/SP-011 - http://tomread.co.uk/freehold.htm
The Cloud G/SP-015 - http://tomread.co.uk/thecloud.htm
Gun G/SP-013 - http://tomread.co.uk/gun.htm

Friday 5th June 2020

Pendle Hill G/SP-005 - http://tomread.co.uk/pendle.htm
Boulsworth Hill-Lad Law G/SP-008 - http://tomread.co.uk/boulswor.htm

More soon…!

Oh that’s even worse Brian. I went looking to see what I had forgotten about Physical Graffiti and found something much more entertaining.

We have Greta van Fleet.


Now people say they sound like Zeppelin. People say Airbourne sound like AC/DC. And I say in what way is that a bad thing?

Then if you are going to be a Zeppelin cover band then do it with style

Oh this ticks many boxes and I can guess that their audience is going to consist entirely of men old enough to be their grandfathers like me. But we have pretty young women with nice figures showing that you don’t need to be naked on stage to look stunning and, yes, and plenty of musical talent doing a fine version of this classic. Drumming rather good here. And a Danelectro 3021 I had to watch it repeat many times in case I missed something!

Thanks Andy, after a heavy day in the garden and a stir fry I was just looking for something to wind down to! I find Greta Van Fleet rather screechy but loved the visuals in the first track. I thoroughly enjoyed Zepparella, though, they certainly know their way around their instruments - and I think of the voice as an instrument. Now I think I’ll listen to Vaughan Williams Tallis Fantasia to reset my ears for tonights exploration!

Back on topic…

Saturday 6th June 2020

White Hill G/SP-006 - http://tomread.co.uk/white.htm
Ward’s Stone G/SP-003 - http://tomread.co.uk/ward’s.htm
Fair Snape Fell G/SP-007 - http://tomread.co.uk/fair.htm

http://sotasummits.co.uk

Sunday 7th June 2020

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

Quite a special activation for me, as I unexpectedly met a football hero and legend on the summit!

Saturday 13th June 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Sunday 14th June 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015
Monday 15th June 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Bit of video of a lightning storm on the Gun report on 13-06-2020.

Sunday 21st June 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Monday 22nd June 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

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

And with this, the reports of my SOTA activations #3111, #3112, #3113 and #3114, the website is completely up-to-date. For now.

You should write a script that creates an automatic entry for The Cloud, a log of 6 or so 2m chases and a picture of some bloke looking like David Bellamy. It can add one of those automatically every day and then all you need to do is tweak the log and change the photo every few months as the beard gets greyer. It would save you a lot of work.

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Ha. I suspect you’re seriously underestimating the complexity of the coding required or maybe talking nonsense. I have three images taken in the last ten minutes that I will cite as evidence:

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:

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I see your beard has summitted!

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Something like this? Tom, listen to that Bassist!

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I’m updating the website again - http://tomread.co.uk

Most of the first batch of updates are activation reports and photos from my local three and oft-repeated summits (including my 50th birthday celebrations), but there are some trips into the North Pennines and Midlands recorded!

The next updates will cover my August GW & G trip in which I did 53 activations in 8 days!

For now, here’s what’s new:

Wednesday 24th June 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Friday 26th June 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Saturday 27th June 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Sunday 28th June 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Monday 29th June 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Tuesday 30th June 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Wednesday 1st July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Thursday 2nd July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

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

Friday 3rd July 2020 - Cracoe Fell G/NP-032, Sharp Haw G/NP-029 & Rombalds Moor G/NP-028

http://tomread.co.uk/cracoe_fell_np-032.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/sharphaw.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/rombalds.htm

Saturday 4th July 2020 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015
Sunday 5th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Monday 6th July 2020 - The Wrekin G/WB-010, Shining Tor G/SP-004, Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

http://tomread.co.uk/shining.htm
http://tomread.co.uk/wrekin.htm

Tuesday 7th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Wednesday 8th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Thursday 9th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Friday 10th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Saturday 11th July 2020 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Sunday 12th July 2020 - Shining Tor G/SP-004
Tuesday 14th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Wednesday 15th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Thursday 16th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Friday 17th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Saturday 18th July 2020 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Sunday 19th July 2020 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Monday 20th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Tuesday 21st July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Wednesday 22nd July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Thursday 23rd July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Friday 24th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Saturday 25th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Sunday 26th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Monday 27th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Tuesday 28th July 2020 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013
Wednesday 29th July 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

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

My last activation report for some considerable time. But at least the thread is back on-topic!

Saturday 3rd July 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015

Gig: Viva Band
Venue: Saga Spirit of Adventure

Today’s schedule included getting a “Fit to Fly” PCR test (to go on a boat), dispatching a batch of QSL cards to the Buro (thus finally clearing the shack for @M0HGY ’s exclusive use in my absence), a bit of shopping, legal paperwork, getting to a football match (pre-season friendly - Macclesfield FC v Ashton United) and calling in on my mum. Oh, and another football match on the telly later.

Shoe-horned into that lot, a “farewell” activation of the World’s most activated SOTA summit. Chucking it down with rain, so an underwhelming activation with 2m handheld and rubber duck. 3 QSOs.

Over and out.

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…and now the website is back up-to-date again, which it now will be until at least mid-November.

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

No activation photos, but a couple from the football match I went to afterwards - including a selfie with a famous retired footballer!

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Well, would you believe it, someone has!

Obviously I’m now on the ship - currently in Portsmouth - Google Maps APRS


My makeshift cabin workstation!

So today’s plan is:

  • Transcribe the bass part for Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”.
  • A walk around the ship (will be broadcast on Facebook Live).
  • Lunch
  • Band rehearsals

…and…

  • Chase up electrician to sign off my rig. I’ve got the written permission of the Captain / Master so eager to get operating. Hopefully M1EYP/MM will soon appear in some activator logs. Unusually, I am now predominantly a chaser!
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@G8ADD - https://05ee92f2-68dc-4cc0-94b6-9739e6e6eb5e.filesusr.com/ugd/238d8f_75820ff748104e439df4b1bd6051010b.pdf

And finally, I have everything in place - the written permission of the Captain / Master and the clearance to operate after a gear inspection by the Chief Electrical Officer.

Just one contact made so far - into OK on 40m CW - I’m QRV on 7.016 if anyone is interested. Hopefully I’ll make some SOTA chases tomorrow!

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How did you get on with it, Tom? I hope the remastered version that I’ve seen mentioned was more helpful, the original is not very clear, but it sounds to me like its nearly all a rhythm on a pedal note, not very inspiring considering how atmospheric Kashmir otherwise is.

Hi Tom, well done in getting that permission. Good effort. :grinning:

73 de Geoff vk3sq

I posted the link for you Brian, three posts above this one.

Ah yes, found it. Good work, that recording sounded a bit fuzzy in the lower register to my ears - but it was a long time ago, technology-wise!