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The Mell Twins

Today I shamelessly played the winter-bonus card and activated both Great Mell Fell G/LD-035 and Little Mell Fell G/LD-037 on a beautiful winters day.

Great Mell Fell

WOTA ID: LDW-155 Height: 537 m (1762 ft)
SOTA ID: G/LD-035 Grid ref: NY396253
HuMP ID: n/a QTH Locator: IO84MO

This was my first time on Great Mell Fell. It is a summit that I have never chased from home on 2m FM. The journey over Kirkstone Pass from Windermere never gets old, past Ullswater’s western shores before turning towards Matterdale End. There is ample parking opposite Brownrigg Farm at 54° 36.809’ N, 2° 55.151’ W.

I followed @G4OBK Phil’s instructions, and avoided the direct path through the woods, instead sticking to the farmers track until I reached the next stile, for the northerly track.

Today I used the Super Antenna MP1 with lightweight tripod, a tripod guying kit, the IC-705 using the speaker mic at 10w with a LifePo4 4200 mah battery. CW was using my Palm Pico Paddles.

For 2m I’d crudely cut four radial for a ground plane and used the Super Antenna’s telescopic whip with about 5 sections showing. It seemed to work reasonably well.

I’d pre-arranged to have 2m cw contacts with Rick 2E0FRS and Andy @G8CPZ - all good practice, however I felt it was too cold to attempt a CW activation.

The Super Antenna worked brilliantly and I was surprised to get two transatlantic chasers. Some lovely summit to summits including @G4WSB Bill who was on High Street (one of my favourites) and who I was to catch later on Stony Cove Pike for two independent S2S when I was on Little Mell Fell.


Helvellyn

TIME CALLSIGN BAND MODE RST RSR OPERATOR SIG REF
11:47 2E0FRS 2m CW 599 429 Richard Haughton
11:52 G8CPZ 2m CW 559 539 AJ Barth
11:56 2E0FRS 2m CW 559 429 Richard Haughton
12:00 G0TDM 2m FM 59 59 John Sutton
12:04 G0PMJ 2m FM 59 54 Dave
12:07 G8CPZ 2m FM 55 52 AJ Barth
12:08 G4ZRP 2m FM 52 52 Brian
12:21 G7KSE/P 2m FM 59 59 Alex Hill SOTA G/LD-004
12:24 SV2OXW 20m SSB 59 33 makis boulousis
12:26 OH1MM 20m SSB 56 59 Pasi Alanko
12:27 EA2/F5ODQ/P 20m SSB 59 59 ALAIN DUCASSOU SOTA EA2/NV-093
12:28 CT2HOV/P 20m SSB 55 55 Nuno Pereira Gomes SOTA CT/DL-009
12:30 G6WSB/P 2m FM 59 59 SOTA G/LD-011
12:35 IX1IHR 20m SSB 55 55 CLAUDIO FREZET
12:35 EA2DT 20m SSB 55 55 Manuel
12:35 EA1DHB 20m SSB 59 59 Ricardo Pena
12:37 SV2RUJ/P 20m SSB 57 55 Stavros Triadafyllo SOTA SV/TL-065
12:37 OH3GZ 20m SSB 59 59 JUKKA " Jack " KOVA
12:37 M7BIA/P 20m SSB 57 44 Martin Shakeshaft SOTA GW/NW-042
12:38 LZ3SM 20m SSB 59 55 SVETOZAR GERASHEV
12:39 N2BTZ 20m SSB 57 55 JON J TRULAND
12:40 EB1IFK 20m SSB 59 55 Santiago Creo Batal
12:40 W1OW 20m SSB 55 55 William R Smith
12:40 EA2EVM 20m SSB 59 55 Cesareo Garcia Andr
12:40 EA4BQG 20m SSB 59 57 GUILLERMO ALCALA DE
12:41 OM1AX 20m SSB 59 59 VLADO RABEK
12:41 OE5MZL 20m SSB 59 56 Martin
12:42 EA1GKP 20m SSB 59 55 JUSTO HERRERO ALONS
12:42 EA2EVC 20m SSB 59 55 Óscar López
12:43 OE6ADE/P 20m SSB 59 59 Andy Andreas Domani SOTA OE/SB-168
12:56 M0DXT 40m SSB 59 55 William Tinnion [BI
12:56 G0FEX 40m SSB 59 56 KEN PORTER
12:56 G4IVV 40m SSB 57 55 Jonathan Perkins
12:57 G0FVH 40m SSB 57 44 DAVID. S. DOLLING

In between Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell I had lunch using the JetBoil to provide hot water for a welcome coffee and a pot of rice. The drive to Little Mell Fell takes around 10 minutes at most

Little Mell Fell

WOTA ID: LDW-173 Height: 505 m (1657 ft)
SOTA ID: G/LD-037 Grid ref: NY423240
HuMP ID: n/a QTH Locator: IO84NO

I parked on the road at the standard place to ascend Little Mell Fell. There were a few Wainwright Baggers making the trip including a couple of groups who’d I’d seen earlier on Great Mell Fell. The ascent of the Little’un is much shorter, a short and sharp 20 minutes to the summit.

Wonderfully the biting although light breeze on Great Mell Fell had dropped away and I appreciated an hours worth of activating in relative comfort, until the wind picked up again. I did take a tarp with me but didn’t end up setting it up. Should have left it in the car!


Mandatory Sheep Photo


Ullswater


Parking Position


Great Mell Fell from Little Mell Fell


Penrith

TIME CALLSIGN BAND MODE RST RSR OPERATOR SIG REF
14:35 DD0VE 20m SSB 59 59 Ralf Mantyk
14:36 HB9CGA 20m SSB 59 59 ULRICH LENHERR
14:36 DL0KL 20m SSB 59 59 Immo Messner
14:36 EA2IF 20m SSB 59 59 Op. Guru .
14:38 DL/HB9EAJ/P 20m SSB 59 57 Stephan Schmid SOTA DM/BW-640
14:39 EA2DT 20m SSB 57 52 Manuel
14:39 F5JKK 20m SSB 59 57 Éric JAUCH
14:40 EA2DDG 20m SSB 55 55 Jose Maria Gonzalez
14:41 SV3IEG 20m SSB 59 55 Dinos KRASSAS
14:41 OK1SDE 20m SSB 59 59 Dalibor ( Borek ) W
14:42 EA3EVL 20m SSB 53 52 PABLO PANISELLO
14:43 SV3IEG 20m SSB 55 55 Dinos KRASSAS
14:44 IU1KGS 20m SSB 55 51 Carlo G
14:44 EA2CCG 20m SSB 59 57 Joaquín Montoya Jim
14:45 EA1AAP 20m SSB 57 55 Fernando Manzanares
14:45 SP7MW 20m SSB 59 55 Marek W.
14:46 SM6CNX 20m SSB 52 52 DAN FRANZÉN
14:46 OH3GZ 20m SSB 59 59 JUKKA " Jack " KOVA
14:47 OH6LS 20m SSB 59 57 Lasse S
14:47 G0TDM 20m SSB 59 59 John Sutton
14:50 G4WSB/P 20m SSB 59 59 Bill Bowditch SOTA G/LD-018
14:57 G8CPZ/P 2m CW 519 539 AJ Barth SOTA G/LD-058
15:01 G0TDM 2m CW 599 599 John Sutton
15:11 G0RQL 40m SSB 59 59 DON ROOMES
15:12 GW4VPX 40m SSB 59 55 ALLAN JONES
15:12 M0JLA 40m SSB 59 47 Rod M0JLA
15:13 PA5KM 40m SSB 59 45 Coen Vermaire
15:13 M0BOB 40m SSB 59 33 Bob Adlington
15:15 GI0AZA 40m SSB 59 33 Esther JM Harper
15:16 2E0FEH 40m SSB 59 33 Karl Kruger
15:28 EA5FPL 17m SSB 59 59 FRANCISCO PEREZ LAC
15:39 M0YMC 15m SSB 59 33 Mal

Wonderful to have an armchair copy chat with Guru @EA2IF and was lovely to wish him a Happy Birthday in person. 40m was a proper-bun fight an finding a clear frequency very difficult so apologies to chasers who were experiencing QRM. A nice ground-wave 15m contact with Mal M0YMC near Carlisle.

Thank you all for the wonderful contacts. All photos here.

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Great photos as always Mark.

Skiddaw was extra chilly on the summit. Good to get another s2s and I’ll have to venture further east next time :joy:

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NO!!!

This is EXACTLY what the winter bonus was designed for. A carrot to maximise your points return by going to your local, accessible, safe, doable summits, and keeping the programme’s activity going in the winter months as a result.

Nothing shameless - in fact it is to be applauded :wink:

The photos are splendid might I add - especially P1020512, which is my favourite of them.

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They are an interesting pair of hills. Like over-grown drumlins. I’ve been to the top of Great Mell Fell but it was so long ago it was probably a bit higher than it is now. :slight_smile:

My first ever trans-Atlantic QSO was with the Superantenna MP1 but I haven’t tried it on a tripod. I’ve just checked and discovered the mounting plate for the ground spike has a 1/4" camera thread tapped in it which makes things easier. :slight_smile:

I’m jealous of the 2m CW - I attempted it a few months ago without success. I will try again but need to pre-arrange a chaser or two as you did. :slight_smile:

A great report and photos. Many thanks.

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Nice report as ever, Mark. Despite Stony Cove Pike amongst other summits spoiling the line of sight it was good we managed fully readable 2m CW QRP QSOs with omnidirectional vertical antennas. I enjoyed making the second one S2S.

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I need to fix that in my logging. That’ll teach me not to double check - something is always wrong!
Thanks for making the effort Andy.

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I’ve done Great Mell Fell about three times and took the route you took except on one occasion I was daydreaming on the descent and didn’t go to the right at a fork in the path. The straight on (slightly left) path takes you through the woods. It was a bit steep and wet under foot in the woods until it joins a lower path. It took me a bit longer but it’s no problem.

I’ve taken a few wrong turns through daydreaming fortunately none leading me into trouble, just some annoying backtracking.

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Hi Mark. Great report and photos. What antennas and rig did you use?

Geoff vk3sq

My Solomon trail shoes are almost out of grip in the middle and due to be replaced next pay day so slippy paths are best avoided when known about.

Hi Geoff. Today it was the ICOM IC-705 with external battery for 10w and the Super Antenna MP1 for HF, and just the telescopic whip lowered to 49cm with four homemade horizontal radials for 2m.

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Very sensible route choice - on my first ascent I went north and then tried to cut up through the woods. In Autumn this may be OK but fighting through 5ft high bracken was bit of a problem. I did make it but found the right way down! Paul

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