Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Skiddaw G/LD-004



Sunshine again

Skiddaw G/LD-004 (10 points for SOTA)

05/09/2015

Once again we had booked into 2 Cambridge Villas, Ambleside with Stephen and Jeanette and after an early breakfast we headed for Ormathwaite just North of Keswick and the car park at NY2808 2533. At this time of the year it is essential to get here early as this approach to Skiddaw is very popular and we only just managed to bag one of the last safe parking spots.  
My GPS track
It’s a relatively easy 5.10km walk to the summit although the first few Kms are quite steep but there are numerous photographic opportunities to break up the journey.
Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell distant
Derwent water distant

 Monument to local shepards
Nearly at the top
We were glad of a cooling breeze as the sun was shining down with some ferocity..we were not complaining, however, what part would it play in our quest for a few contacts on the bands today? We were not to be disappointed and started our activation with an s2s with Michael G0HIO/p on Little Mell Fell G/LD-037.... it’s rare to hear Michael on 2m as he prefers CW...thanks Michael. With a quick hello from both of us to John G0TDM in Penrith (5/9++) we picked up another s2s with Robin GM7PKT/p on GM/SS-066  Beinn a’Mhanaich...thanks Robin.  Next up was Geoff GM4WHA/M who had gone mobile to get a contact with Barry on 23cms...Barry duly complied and another 23cms contact in their logs. Geoff contacted us on no less than 4 bands..he was having a fun day on the radio today :)
M0IML/p engrossed in his HF activation
Whilst Barry went on to HF I continued on 2m as I had been spotted resulting in a steady stream of chasers and some nice chats as usual...
10:41z
G0HIO/P
144MHz
FM
Michael s2s + t2t
10:46z
G0TDM
144MHz
FM
John
10:46z
GM7PKT/P
144MHz
FM
Robin s2s
10:49z
GM4WHA/M
144MHz
FM
Geoff
10:50z
G1OHH
144MHz
FM
Sue
10:52z
G1KLZ
144MHz
FM
Doug
10:54z
G0UQC
144MHz
FM
Ron
11:05z
MW3UDA
144MHz
FM
Gareth
11:06z
M6EPW
144MHz
FM
Liz IO84GN
11:07z
GW4ZPL/P
144MHz
FM
John
11:11z
M0XSD
144MHz
FM
Colin
11:15z
2E0LDF
144MHz
FM
Reg
11:18z
G4VFL
144MHz
FM
Andrew
11:20z
M6NNY
144MHz
FM
Dan
11:22z
GM0GOV
144MHz
FM
Fred
11:24z
2E0MIX
144MHz
FM
Derek
11:44z
DB7MM/P
14MHz
SSB
Michael s2s
11:52z
G4WSB/P
144MHz
FM
Bill s2s + TP0693
 G4VPX/p log
Barry had a good run on HF including a Russian and Stateside contact. Two s2s presented themselves namely Michael DB7MM/p on DM/TH-012  Gro├čer Farmdenkopf Plateau and Bill G4WSB/p on G/LD-011 High Street...thank you both .
Looking North towards Scotland

10:41z
G0HIO/P
144MHz
FM
MIKE 5/9 ON G/LD-037
10:46z
G0TDM
144MHz
FM
JOHN
10:47z
GM7TKT/P
144MHz
FM
ROBIN 5/5 ON GM/SS-066
10:51z
GM7WHA/M
1240MHz
FM
GEOFF 5/9
10:55z
G0TDM
7MHz
SSB
JOHN 5/9
11:00z
G6TUH
7MHz
SSB
MIKE 3/1
11:02z
PA7ZEE
7MHz
SSB
5/5
11:02z
M0MDA
7MHz
SSB
MICK 5/3
11:04z
M3FE
7MHz
SSB
5/5
11:04z
DK8TA/M
7MHz
SSB
5/5
11:04z
DL2EF
7MHz
SSB
5/7
11:05z
GM4WHA
7MHz
SSB
GEOFF 5/3
11:05z
G0VWP
7MHz
SSB
TERRY 3/3
11:06z
EA2CKX
7MHz
SSB
PEDRO 4/1
11:07z
EA2DT
7MHz
SSB
MANUEL 4/2
11:16z
G8MIA
5MHz
SSB
ANDY 5/5
11:18z
GI4ONL
5MHz
SSB
VICTOR 5/8
11:19z
GOTDM
5MHz
SSB
JOHN 5/5
11:20z
G3YPQ
5MHz
SSB
PHIL 5/7
11:22z
G4ZRP
5MHz
SSB
BRIAN 4/4
11:25z
GM4WHA
5MHz
SSB
GEOFF 5/9
11:31z
OK1SDE
14MHz
SSB
5/7
11:38z
G0TDM
14MHz
SSB
JOHN 5/9
11:39z
OK2PDT
14MHz
SSB
5/7
11:40z
RV9DC
14MHz
SSB
3/3
11:41z
DL3HXX
14MHz
SSB
5/5
11:42z
KB1RJD
14MHz
SSB
5/7
11:44z
CU3EJ
14MHz
SSB
5/9
11:46z
DB7MM/P
14MHz
SSB
MICHAEL 5/5 ON DM/TH-012
11:46z
YO2LGH
14MHz
SSB
5/5
11:47z
SQ9PND
14MHz
SSB
5/7
11:48z
S58AL
14MHz
SSB
5/9
11:48z
GM4WHA
14MHz
SSB
GEOFF 5/4
11:52z
G4WSB
144MHz
FM
BILL 5/9 ON G/LD-011
11:58z
EA2IF
14MHz
SSB
5/5
12:02z
OE7HPI
14MHz
SSB
4/2
 Despite the sun it was now getting chilly
As we had alerted for Binsey G/LD-041 which was across the valley but would entail a short car journey we decided to ‘pull the plug’ and head down.   

 Keswick and Derwent Water....SOTA summits in the distance
On our way down we were approached by John 2E0OAK/p on his way up to Skiddaw to activate the summit.  We had a brief chat, explained that we were on our way to Binsey to which he replied that he would wait on summit until we arrived there and get an s2s with us....fantastic....thank you John.

LD activation set up for both of us:- (HF) Yaesu FT817 + LDG Z817 Autotuner,  5 band link dipole (60/40/20/15/10), (VHF) Yaesu FT270 (5watts) into a ‘cable tie’ dipole.. Antenna support - 7m Fishing pole.

Thanks everyone for the contacts and the spots.....Binsey report to follow

73 Allan GW4VPX & Barry M0IML




















































































































































































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