With a good weather forecast for Sunday I decided to activate something but didn`t want to spend hours driving in the good weather. Cracoe Fell & Sharp Haw were decided upon as my non ham friend decided he wanted to come despite having a bad back.
I arrived at the parking spot just South of Rylstone hoping there would be a space - no problem it was empty. We walked to the summit via Rylstone Cross, this took 2 hours as my friend set a slow pace chewing on diclorfenac tablets. I set up the HF dipole in the rocks about 150m East of the monument. Opening on 40m brought a pleasing run of 47 contacts. 4m, 20m, 60m & 80m were used as well with G4BLH & G0VOF following me around the bands. After 78 contacts logged I packed up & headed off the summit. Just as we started walking it was nice to bump into Chris 2E0FSR with his son just arriving to activate on 2m. The descent took an hour as my friends pain killers had kicked in. I still reckon it would be quicker to tackle this summit via Thorpe Fell. Wx was clear blue sky with around 13C.
A short drive South and we arrived at the parking spot for Sharp Haw. We followed the obvious track to the summit. On arrival it took me ages to find somewhere to set up the 80m dipole so as not to inconvenience other walkers - not easy on this small “pointy” summit. By now the wx had warmed up to about 17C (mmmmm). The same combination of bands as Cracoe Fell were used to produce 55 contacts. At one stage I was forced off my 20m frequency by a very loud JA station. At the end of the activation I thought if he was still there I`d try & work him. The JA had gone but I did manage to work BD1TCC in Peking.
(not Beijing as he pointed out)
A very pleasant meal of Haddock, chips, mushy peas & a pot of tea was “eaten in” at Kelbrook fisheries - highly recommended.
Note for Geoff G6MZX - we did call round, and parked behind your land rover next to 4 little tractors. I rang the back bell & shouted you but you must have nipped out. The back door was open - but we were wary of witches
4m - 11
20m - 16
40m - 67
60m - 13
80m - 26
Distace driven 156 miles.
Carbon footprint 19.5 kg CO2