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Bardon Hill CE-004

 

Bardon Hill, G/CE-004 - 278m ASL - SK 460 132 - OS Explorer 245 - 1 SOTA point         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Saturday 25th January 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015, Gun G/SP-013 & Bardon Hill G/CE-004

Gig:  Simon Faulkner Band

Venue:  Bistro Live! Milton Keynes

 

From Gun G/SP-013, I drove down through Leek and the Staffordshire Moorlands, through Derbyshire and into Leicestershire.  Much of my drive to Coalville was kept entertained by listening in to Jordan's ongoing activation.  I even called in myself at one point, as M1EYP/M to give him (sort of) one extra QSO.  I parked on Vercor Close where Jordan now was, having descended, and we had a quick natter - and, of course, a selfie!

 

Tom M1EYP & Jordan M3TMX        Tom M1EYP

 

Both the ascent and descent of Bardon Hill seem to be requiring extra care each time I visit on the short steeper section as you begin to climb above the quarry.  It is incredibly slippery, and it is some considerable feat to make it up - and down - without going over and hitting the deck!  On this occasion I did manage it, but only because I was concentrating really hard and taking great care.  Family groups on the hill, seen in both directions, were not so successful!

 

Bardon Hill summit        Tower on Bardon Hill

 

Bardon Hill's summit has a fantastic take-off to the west, and so handheld + rubber duck operation is easy, and more than enough to qualify the summit.  On this occasion, I bagged seven QSOs in ten minutes of operating.  I could have stayed and done some more, but once it went quiet I took the opportunity to get back down, get back on the road, and keep ahead of schedule.

 

Simon Faulkner Band, Bistro Live, Milton Keynes        Genius parking - right in the access point!

 

Always a pleasure to see and work with Simon and the guys.  A terrific band, and the night goes really quickly.  I wondered if we were going to be able to get out afterwards thanks to the brainless parking of a van right in the entrance to the loading bay!  Fortunately, we all managed to squeeze our cars out off the kerb to the left-hand-side.  I drove the short five minutes to my digs in Milton Keynes where I got my head down for a very comfortable night's sleep.  I would head home in the morning, after first visiting Wendover Woods G/CE-005.

 

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

15:09

M0RMY

144MHz

FM

15:12

M0RUK

144MHz

FM

15:12

M3TMX/M

144MHz

FM

15:14

G4RAC

144MHz

FM

15:16

M0VTD

144MHz

FM

15:17

M3HVA

144MHz

FM

15:19

G6MRN

144MHz

FM

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