Saturday 31st August 2019 - Botley Hill G/SE-005 & Detling Hill G/SE-013
Gig: Simon Faulkner Band
Venue: Church Gables, Rolleston, Newark-on-Trent
From Botley Hill G/SE-005, I drove on the M25, M26, M20 and A249 to reach the White Horse Woods Country Park. This was another trivial "drive-to-the-top" summit, with the official summit now being the car park itself!
I had a bit more time for this activation - or so I thought! I spread my stuff out on the picnic table and made 21 QSOs on 40m and 20m, using FT8, CW and SSB modes. A healthy eight S2S QSOs were recorded. I hit the roads - but also hit traffic. The worst of it was the queue for the Dartford Crossing. I felt like not paying for it in protest - but ultimately, I did not fancy a summons!
The Simon Faulkner Band that night was a seven-piece line-up including a three-piece horn section. Therefore it was a very enjoyable gig, moreso because the host were providing complimentary Estrella beer, and were employing a team of chefs preparing and distributing bowls of amazing food all through the night! The only thing was, I didn't get very far after the gig had finished. Just a few miles before I needed to pull in and get my head down! At 6am I woke up and made it then to the parking spot for Gun G/SP-013 - where I fell asleep once more, sleeping right through to nearly 11am!