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Cheriton Hill SE-015

 

Cheriton Hill, G/SE-015 - 188m ASL - TR 197 396 - OS Explorer 138 - 1 SOTA point         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Saturday 5th May 2018

From our band hotel in Romford, I first headed for Detling Hill G/SE-013. However, the main road near Maidstone, from which you access the White Horse Woods car park, was closed due to a police incident - and would remain closed all day.  I wasted some time, trying unsuccessfully to find another way round, before giving up and deciding to drive down to Cheriton. 

Summit trig on Cheriton Hill        Covered reservoir on Cheriton Hill

At the top of the lane, I could see that there was building work going on around the trig point and covered reservoir.  A sign on the locked gate expressly forbade access.  I chatted with the friendly man, the new homeowner at the adjacent property.  After some deliberation, he invited me to park on his drive, and set up my aerial in his garden! 

The actual summit area was now a consturction site        Trig pillar

I didnít bother with CW as I thought the Palm Cube needed a new battery, and I had so far been unable to find one at petrol stations I tried en route. As the resident of the house and his wife were watching with interest, it was probably more suitable to use phone anyway.

Obligatory selfie        Set up in the garden

 

Conditions were poor, but I did scrape the required QSOs, helped considerably by a triple S2S with G stations activating in OK. Next stop, the dreaded Crowborough G/SE-007.

 

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

09:14z

MI0RTY

14MHz

SSB

 

09:17z

GI0AZA

14MHz

SSB

 

09:20z

OK/G4OOE/P

14MHz

SSB

OK/KR-061

09:21z

OK/G3TQQ/P

14MHz

SSB

OK/KR-061

09:22z

CT2HOV

14MHz

SSB

 

09:23z

OK/M0PYG/P

14MHz

SSB

OK/KR-061

Cheriton Hill 2018