Thursday, 13 December 2018

G/DC-008 - Hensbarrow Downs


G/DC-008 - Hensbarrow Downs

26/11/2018

Five of Seven

There was another storm brewing in the Atlantic and it looked like today would be our last chance to finish off all the summits in G/DC. As it was going to be a really nice day I decided to hit the last three during the day probably ending the last summit in the dark.

My GPS track
Due to mining activities the summit of Hensbarrow Downs has moved and is quite a bit higher than the old summit which was situated at the Trig.  Park at SW 992575 then head East towards the Trigpoint on a narrow overgrown track from within the car park and keeping the fence on your left.

Plenty of parking space
Head for the Trigpoint...white dot in the distance

Work your way around the little hump with the trigpoint and head for the mining road above which is accessed via a drainage culvert. 

Head for the bushes and the culvert which leads up onto the road

Go around the hairpin bend and head up onto high ground as soon as possible..still within Open Access ground. The summit can be activated from within the Open Access area as shown on my map.
Trigpoint below...the old summit

I had spotted saying that I would be on a nominated frequency on 60m in 30 minutes…this brought a mini-pileup which was orderly and I soon worked my way through all the chasers...thanks everyone.

10:04z
G4WSB
5MHz
SSB
Bill
10:04z
G4IAR
5MHz
SSB
Dave
10:04z
M0JLA
5MHz
SSB
Rod
10:05z
G4OBK
5MHz
SSB
Phil
10:06z
G0VWP
5MHz
SSB
Terry
10:06z
M0TMD
5MHz
SSB
Helen
10:07z
G6NHW/P
5MHz
SSB
Pete
10:07z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don
10:08z
G4AZS
5MHz
SSB
Adrian
10:08z
G0ELJ
5MHz
SSB
Dave
10:09z
G4AFI
5MHz
SSB
Andrew
10:10z
G1BLJ
5MHz
SSB
Steve
10:10z
M1MAJ
5MHz
SSB
Martyn
10:11z
G0FEX
5MHz
SSB
Ken
10:12z
GI0AZA
5MHz
SSB
Esther
10:12z
M0NTC
5MHz
SSB
Gez

My view of the mining activities

My visit to 80m was over very quickly which enabled me to pack up and make my way back to the car…we had a long journey to the next summit.
10:17z
G0RQL
3.5MHz
SSB
Don
10:19z
G4OBK
3.5MHz
SSB
Phil
10:19z
G4IAR
3.5MHz
SSB
Dave
10:20z
G0FEX
3.5MHz
SSB
Ken
10:21z
G3RDQ
3.5MHz
SSB
David
10:21z
G0VWP
3.5MHz
SSB
Terry


Heading back to the car

My activation set-up

HF:- Elecraft KX2 (10 watts) and 4Ah LiPo

Antenna - 3 band link dipole (60/40/20 (+15m extensions +80m loading coils)

Antenna support - 7m Fishing pole.

Thanks everyone for the contacts
73 Allan GW4VPX

Monday, 3 December 2018

G/DC-001 – High Willhays


G/DC-001 – High Willhays

25/11/2018

Four of seven

I’d been looking forward to activating this summit for such a long time.  I don’t know why, maybe just the name suggesting some sort of Western/Cowboy summit :)  The forecast was for some sunshine, where it went to we still don’t know....

Route from camp to parking

We parked at SX 590912 having followed the tarmac road from the camp at SX 591931. As soon as you enter the ranges at the gate turn right immediately and don’t cross the small bridge.

From parking to High Willhayes ...2.86km

With Simon and Helen out to get me from Hail Stone Hill I was keen to get to the summit on time.

At the parking spot....end of tarmac road.

On our way

Rain and mist as we head up

As I was just setting up I received a text from Simon saying that Helen was nearly ready. 

Setting up
This  prompted me to get going on 60m with a ear for the ‘summit to summit ‘ call which eventually came…they were both in the log in less than a minute…thank you both. It transpired that it was wet and windy with them also.

11:51z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don
11:54z
G4IAR
5MHz
SSB
Dave
11:54z
G0HIO
5MHz
SSB
Michael
11:54z
G3TQQ
5MHz
SSB
Dave
11:55z
GI0AZA
5MHz
SSB
Esther
11:55z
GI0AZB
5MHz
SSB
Ian
11:56z
G6NHW/P
5MHz
SSB
Pete
11:57z
G0GWY
5MHz
SSB
Geoffrey
11:57z
G6LKB
5MHz
SSB
David
11:58z
G4WSB
5MHz
SSB
Bill
11:59z
G0ELJ
5MHz
SSB
Dave
11:59z
MI0RTY
5MHz
SSB
Martyn
12:00z
G0LGS
5MHz
SSB
Stuart
12:00z
GM4WHA
5MHz
SSB
Geoff
12:01z
G0FVH
5MHz
SSB
David
12:03z
M0TMD/P
5MHz
SSB
Helen s2s G/SP-009
12:03z
G4TJC/P
5MHz
SSB
Simon s2s G/SP-009
12:04z
G0FEX
5MHz
SSB
Ken
12:05z
G0TDM
5MHz
SSB
John
12:06z
G8ADD
5MHz
SSB
Brian


80m and M3FEH in the log

It all went quiet on 60m so a quick call on 80m brought the two ‘locals’ to my log and a cracking signal from Mark up in the Lake District.
12:16z
M3FEH
3.5MHz
SSB
Karl
12:17z
G0RQL
3.5MHz
SSB
Don
12:17z
M0NOM/P
3.5MHz
SSB
Mark

It was getting colder by the minute…it does when you are sitting down on an activation, nevertheless I gave a call on 40m which brought a mini pile-up with the occasional UK station calling in for the points…ones that I hadn’t heard from in quite a while. Thanks to Ralf for the s2s.

The rocks gave us some protection

12:27z
HB9AGH
7MHz
SSB
Ambrosi
12:27z
M3FEH
7MHz
SSB
Karl
12:28z
2E0WDX/M
7MHz
SSB
Vin
12:28z
EA2CKX
7MHz
SSB
Pedro
12:29z
PA1BR
7MHz
SSB
Pascal
12:29z
EA2DT
7MHz
SSB
Manuel
12:29z
PA7ZEE
7MHz
SSB
Geert
12:32z
G4IPB
7MHz
SSB
Paul
12:33z
IK1GPG
7MHz
SSB
Massimo
12:37z
G0RQL
7MHz
SSB
Don
12:38z
EI7GEB
7MHz
SSB
David
12:39z
EA3HP
7MHz
SSB
Daniel
12:39z
EA2IF
7MHz
SSB
Guru
12:40z
HB9GKR/P
7MHz
SSB
Ralf...s2s HB/SG-035
12:40z
GI0AZA
7MHz
SSB
Esther
12:43z
M0MDA
7MHz
SSB
Mick
12:44z
SP9AMH
7MHz
SSB
Mariusz
12:48z
SP9TKW
7MHz
SSB
Marek


The view  :(

It all went quiet so a quick pack away...we moved away from the rocks and into the full force of a biting cold wind…we were glad to get back to the car today.

My activation set up

 (HF) Elecraft KX2 (5 watts) and 4Ah LiPo

UK-MX 50M linear and 4Ah LiPo

 Antenna - 3 band link dipole (60/40/20 (+15m extensions +80m loading coils)

Antenna support - 4m Fishing pole.

Thanks everyone for the contacts
73 Allan GW4VPX