So, a long long time since I activated a SOTA summit but today I had a chance of sneaking in what is probably the most known summit in the SOTA world.
First I made an error when asked by the XYL, Cat, if I would take her and her sister to the airport for their holiday to Jamaica. I said “Aye of course.”, thinking maybe Glasgow, Edinburgh, even Manchester airports. Then they found out that it was far cheaper to fly from Birmingham. As I had said yes already I couldn’t turn back on the promise - apart from that I would miss out on my two weeks of peace and quiet. Oops! did I type that out loud?
Anyhoo, I thought I would sneak in a wee summit while down that way, a whole 678 mile round trip. I messaged Tom @M1EYP to see if an early morning activation on 2m H/H was possible, “Yes - Easy Peasy” he replied. So after dropping off the jet setters I headed for The Cloud.
I reached it a bit earlier than the Alert I had put on the day before but thought “Easy peasy” so set off up the short route up those steps. Misty! Windy! Couldn’t see a thing. I wasn’t expect to climb a teeny wee summit in G-land and get confronted by Scottish weather. I put on a spot and called CQ on the handy, and called and called. Eventually I got a reply from 2E0SRL. All in all it took 44 minutes to scrape up just four contacts. I was tired, hungry and now getting awfy drookit.
So was Tom haivering? Probably not. I was just too early on a Sunday morning I think to get the chasers. But I can now say that I have joined “The Cloud Club”. Pity about the weather and not actually seeing anything. A woman I met on The Cloud said the views are great, I’ll take her word for it.
I may go back sometime if passing again and see for myself but a 235 mile trip just to be passing might be pushing it a bit.