Saturday 2nd May
Leaving home at 04:45 we set out to collect Bryan G4UZF and hit the A14 to make good our escape from the flat lands of Suffolk. After stopping for a quick comfort break on the M1 at Donnington Park Services, we got to the parking spot at Pym Chair for the walk in to Shining Tor SP-004.
Passing over Cats Tor then on to the summit of Shining Tor we selected a position to work from to hear Jimmy calling on 2FM from G/SP-013 Gun. This was the first time Tom M3XFG and I had activated a summit so to start the day with a S2S was a real bonus. Thanks Jimmy!
Using a FT60e with the standard rubber duck antenna a string of contacts followed including another S2S with 2W0CYM/P on GW/NW-076.
Thanks to GW7AAV for spotting me.
Tom then took over using the 5 ele beam and logged a steady stream of contacts including S2S with GW6WRW and MW0YHB on GW/SW-041 followed by GW1FOA on GW/SW-009 (166 km ).
We had planned to use a link dipole for 10 to 80 metres, but there were a lot of walkers about and I really didn’t want to inconvenience them by our activities so we didn’t run out the dipole. That said a couple of walkers out enjoying the day came and spoke to us and we did a little ad hoc marketing for SOTA and Ham radio.
Setting out for the descent MW3ZCB on GW/NW-018 was worked from Cats Tor for some chaser points.
For a first activation for Tom and I, we felt we had a good day. Thanks to all the chasers.
We then set off for our overnight stop at Hayfield campsite and a Steak and Ale Pie with a pint for supper at the local.
Sunday 3rd May
After a night under canvas with a bit of wind and rain, we had a light breakfast and a cuppa, got kitted up and began our ascent of Kinder Scout G/SP-001. Kinder has been on my ‘list of things to do’ for quite a while and the ISW gave us a good reason to ‘go do’.
Taking the route up from Hayfield via Tunstead Clough Farm, Harry Moor, Oaken Clough, Swine’s Back and Edale rocks to the Trig Point at Kinder Low, we found ourselves time for a photo opportunity and scanning the horizon spotted the antennas of M1EYP, M3EYP and M0GIA. Tom gave Jimmy a call on 2 FM to confirm their position.
We set out across the plateau and met up with Tom, Jimmy and Sean. Time for a group photo or two, a chat and refreshment followed by the chance to work Luc ON6DSL on ON/ON-016. Thanks Tom.
Time for goodbyes and the start of the long trip home, we set off retracing our ascent route. On the way, and whilst still in the AZ, I worked 3 more stations on 2 FM using the FT60 including MW3ZCB/M and MW1MAJ/M on their way to GW/NW-032.
Arriving back in Hayfield we packed up our now dried out tent into the car and got on the road with a warm feeling of satisfaction and achievement. I have always had an admiration for activators and now, having had a go, that admiration has grown.
Many thanks to the chasers, the other activators we were lucky enough to S2S with, the drivers of the ISW weekend and the originators of SOTA.
Being part of the SOTA family is a good thing!
73 to you all……
James G7MLO and Tom M3XFG
Photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/34020899@N03/