Wednesday, 29 July 2015

G/NP-009 Buckden Pike



Two summits today

G/NP-009  Buckden Pike

25/07/2015

Although we had a wonderful B&B in Gayle (Hawes) our landlady was quite adamant that breakfast was at 8:30am so our timing for the summits would not be as predicted.  
My GPS track to Buckden Pike
As we approached Buckden village we were trying to figure out where the car park was so I told Barry “I’ll pull in here as there are a few cars parked up there” ...guess what , we had arrived at our destination :)
 There is a ‘Pay and Display’ system in operation here so take plenty of pound coins (£4-full day).Thinking we would be late on summit we hastily kitted up and made our way through the gate and along the road up through Rakes Wood.  It’s a 3.7km walk over a mixture of grassy paths and freshly made up stone track with steps on the steep bits.
Heading up towards Rakes Wood
Looking back at the Car park
 Take a sharp right turn here

Well trodden path
My first four contacts
10:23z
G4OOE/P
144MHz
FM
Nick s2s t2t
10:36z
DL6KR
7MHz
SSB
Martin
10:38z
EI/G3RMD
7MHz
SSB
Frank s2s
10:40z
G6TUH
7MHz
SSB
Mike
As we made our way up to the summit we could hear Nick G4OOE/p calling from G/NP-001 (Cross Fell).  A quick call to tell him we were on our way and he replied that he would wait for us to reach the summit....10 minutes later and Nick was in our logs with our first contact of the day and the all important s2s...thanks Nick
The summit of Buckden Pike
As there was some activity on 40m we decided to go straight on to this band so I spotted Barry and sure enough we soon qualified the summit including an s2s with Frank EI/G3RMD/p on EI/IN-067 (Knoacnarea)...thanks for calling us Frank. As soon as contact number four was in the log I moved to 2m whilst Barry worked the remaining handful of chasers...the bands were not in good shape...
Barry's Log
10:23z
G4OOE/P
144MHz
FM
NICK 5/9 ON G/NP-001
10:37z
DL6KR
7MHz
SSB
5/9
10:39z
EI/G3RMD/P
7MHz
SSB
FRANK 5/5 ON EI/IN-067
10:41z
G6TUH
7MHz
SSB
MIKE 3/4
10:43z
OZ7HPI
7MHz
SSB
4/2
10:43z
G8VNW
7MHz
SSB
NICK 4/7
10:44z
EA2DT
7MHz
SSB
MANUEL 4/2
10:46z
DJ5AV
7MHz
SSB
5/3
11:17z
G6PJZ/P
144Mhz
FM
5/9 ON G/NP-006

I had a steady stream of chasers and it was nice to get Nick G8VNW (Threshfeld) on 2m for a change as well as the other regulars such as Mick M0MDA (Leeds),  John G0TDM (Penrith), Tony M3NHA/Sara M6NHA (Manchester) including Rob G0HRT (Southport). Now Andy G6PJZ/p had called us to say he was on the way up to 006(?) so it was with much laughter that eventually Barry and I had an s2s with him from G/NP-006 (Great Shunner Fell) ...the summit we had been on yesterday :)
My 2m log
10:45z
M0BKQ
144MHz
FM

10:48z
G6XBF
144MHz
FM
Walt
10:50z
G6PJZ/P
144MHz
FM
Andy
10:50z
M0XLT
144MHz
FM
Kevin IO83wx
10:52z
M0MDA
144MHz
FM
Mick
10:54z
M0MOL
144MHz
FM
Gareth
10:54z
G8VNW
144MHz
FM
Nick
10:55z
G0TDM
144MHz
FM
John
10:56z
M3LIU
144MHz
FM
Ian
11:00z
M6VGU
144MHz
FM
Kevin
11:03z
M3NHA
144MHz
FM
Tony
11:04z
M6NHA
144MHz
FM
Sara
11:18z
G6PJZ/P
144MHz
FM
Andy s2s
11:21z
G0HRT
144MHz
FM
Rob
 Barry on HF and my 2m set up on the right
The summit was quite busy and we had to answer a variety of questions as some of the visitors were quite knowledgeable about our activity.  As we were running a little late we decided to pull the plug and head downhill, the main topic of conversation being where would we park the car for the next summit?

Thanks everybody for the contacts including those s2s.

73 Allan GW4VPX and Barry M0IML

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