The Cloud G/SP-015
I have chased both of these summits so many times that I decided to knock them off my activation hit list of “easy” summits.
Having managed Longridge Fell and Rombald’s moor as a pair, I thought these two would be easy.
To be perfectly honest, both summits are easy to the able bodied amongst us but the stairway to heaven from cloudside nearly killed me and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
Once at the top of the steps there is hardly any ascent to speak of. I decided to operate from the trig until I got up there, be warned that this is a very popular summit and I was met with approximately 20 people and 15 dogs at the trig.
I dropped the rucsac and took a few moments to absorb the stunning views, then retreated a few metres below the trig to attempt to set up my station, now with considerable back pain.
The antenna system was an embarrassment to be honest but I just had to make do and lie down in the heather to ease the pain.
I started the activation and my CQ was instantly answered with a rock crushing signal from John M0JDK followed with a S2S contsct with Tom M1EYP/P on the neighbouring summit Gun SP-013, two more contacts ensued and things started to dry up.
I figured out my mistake when my mate Barry M3PXW called in and I couldn’t get back to him, nor could I pinpoint him with the beam.
Lesson number 1. …
When using a beam and a linked dipole, make sure you are on the correct antenna, Doohhh!! Once I swapped over to the beam a constant flow of contacts rained in.
A total of 17 contacts were made, 15 on 2m-fm, including S2S contacts with Tom M1EYP/P on SP-013 and Terry G0VWP/P and Ian 2E0EDX/P both on SP-012, 1 contact on 40m-cw with HB9EAA , and 1 contact on 60m-ssb with Dave G0AOD .
I would have liked another half hour on the Cloud, because the take off is so good you could easily fill a log page on 2 metres alone. I’ll definately do it again, maybe in the new year when another activator point is up for grabs.
It finally ended up as a sota party when Tom turned up on the summit closely followed by Steve (INKy)
Steve gave me great encouragement to carry out my plans to nip across to Gun SP-013
It was a short drive to Gun and good fun trying to keep up with INKy in his posh new motor, it seems he drives like he ascends/descends summits, so we were soon at the parking spot for Gun, the trig can be seen from the parking area.
It was getting late and some ominous clouds were forming so we decided between ourselves that I would work just the 4 contacts to qualify the summit and Steve would then carry on.
80 metres was in great shape, although there was a lot of static crashes, most signals were booming in at 59 or better.
Steve had a ball on 80m with calls coming thick and fast and if we weren’t stuck for time I’d hate to think how many contacts he would have had.
Thanks to the four stations I worked for my 1 activator point
Mick 2E0HJD, Mervyn GW8TBG, Barry M3PXW, and Peter ON3WAB, also special thanks to you Steve for your help on a difficult day pain wise.
73 Mike GW0DSP