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Gun SP-013

 

Gun, G/SP-013 - 385m ASL - SJ 970 615 - OS Explorer OL24 - 1 SOTA point         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

 

Monday 4th January 2021 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

 

I was at work in Leek for the start of the new term, even though we knew by now that students would not be on site due to the pandemic.  I took the opportunity to get some exercise by walking up and down Gun with my handheld on the way, at this stage not realising that the rules were about to change, and this approach would no longer be possible 24 hours later. 

 

After work that afternoon, I activated The Cloud G/SP-015 on my way home.

 

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

08:01

G7GQF

144MHz

FM

08:07

G4VXW

144MHz

FM

08:08

M0RCC

144MHz

FM

 

Monday 29th March 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

 

After The Cloud G/SP-015, I drove over to Gun, with still plenty of slack time in the bag ahead of a workday.  After the slow-going on 40m earlier, this time I opted for 20m - although results were almost identical.

 

Operating spot overlooking Tittesworth        Tom M1EYP

 

Three QSOs on 20m CW and the same number on 2m FM, and it was time to pack up and head to work - if I was to have time to collect a filled oatcake breakfast en route!

 

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

05:41

M5GWH

144MHz

FM

06:10

UX1IM

14MHz

CW

06:14

RA3H

14MHz

CW

06:17

R2ARW

14MHz

CW

06:33

G7GQF

144MHz

FM

06:34

M0RCC

144MHz

FM

 

 

Tuesday 30th March 2021 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

 

After Shining Tor G/SP-004, I drove across via Bottom of the Oven, Wildboarclough and Wincle.  The walk up Gun was quick and easy with no bog to negotiate, and the summit was bathed in bright moonlight.

 

Gun summit under moonlight        Tom M1EYP

 

The first two contacts came very quickly and easily.  The first was with a station in Grantham with fine signals both ways.  There seemed to be some lift conditions at play.  I then spent far too long persisting with getting more QSOs, even though there wasn't an activator point available anyway.  I had plenty of time available though. Ultimately I gave up and made my way over to The Cloud G/SP-015.

 

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

03:53

G0BUB

144MHz

FM

03:54

2E0FMI

144MHz

FM

04:42

G7JHW

144MHz

FM

 

Thursday 1st April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

 

After The Cloud G/SP-015, I drove over to Gun and walked up to the trig with my handheld.  I worked Rod M0RCC and Brian G4XQB as I often do, on the "Robin's Nest" early morning net frequency of 145.550MHz - but unusually, not Robin G4VXW himself!  Bacon, sausage, cheese and mushroom double oatcakes were collected for breakfast on the remainder of the commute.

 

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

06:30

M0RCC

144MHz

FM

06:31

G4XQB

144MHz

FM

06:34

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

Saturday 10th April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

 

After The Cloud G/SP-015, I was about to slope off home in a sulk for a nice hot cup of tea.  But the precipitation abated, and the wallabies hopped over to say hello as I descended.  My mood lifted,and I drove over to Gun for another try.

 

All the parking spots were taken, so I had to drive round the back way where fortunately there was a space for me beside the start of the path.  I set up the SB5 on the summit, but failed to generate any interest in making a 2m SSTV contact.  I went onto 2m FT8, working 4 QSOs including Belgium. 

 

Tom M1EYP        SB5 beam on Gun

 

I then decided to be popular by activating on 2m SSB with a horizontal beam and not in a contest.  That failed spectacularly and I got zero contacts.  I hardly needed to try 2m CW to confirm the same success rate.

 

SSTV image from M1EYP/P   SSTV image from G7WKX    SSTV image from M1EYP   SSTV image from G7WKX

 

I went onto 2m FM but still with a horizontal beam as it was now snowing heavily and I didnít want to get out of my bothy bag. Five stations were worked, culminating in Simon G7WKX who bemoaned missing the SSTV opportunity. No problem, I was happy to rig the tablet and interface up again for another go. We made the contact!

 

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

11:34

2E0RVS

144MHz

FM

11:44

M0MIK

144MHz

FT8

11:45

M0BOB

144MHz

FT8

11:48

ON4UZ

144MHz

FT8

11:52

G3ZQH

144MHz

FT8

12:14

G0STF

144MHz

FM

12:17

G0MHF

144MHz

FM

12:19

M0OAU

144MHz

FM

12:20

2E0IXM/M

144MHz

FM

12:23

G7WKX

144MHz

FM

12:38

G7WKX

144MHz

SSTV

 

Saturday 17th April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Jimmy M0HGY wrote the following account of our Saturday evening visit to Gun:

Gun by moonlight        Tom M1EYP

"Earlier this evening, me and my dad Tom M1EYP set off for our remaining local SOTA Gun G/SP-013.  When we got to the parking spot 2 other cars were there, both of which were occupied (one of the occupied 2 cars was still there when we arrived back at the parking spot after our activation).  With this, we did not expect to see anyone at all on the hill and this was indeed the case, so no social distancing needed to be observed except for not getting too close the cars at the parking spot.

Jimmy M0HGY        Gun summit

My dad activated on the summit on 20m FT4 where he got 8 contacts, DX being PY Brazil, CU Azores, HI Dominican Republic and 7X Algeria.  He then went onto 2m FM where he got 11 contacts, so his total number of contacts was 19.  I started off the activation on 2m FM where I got 11 contacts and then went onto 20m FT4 where I got 4 contacts, DX being PY Brazil.  My total number of contacts was 15.  This was the first time ever that I have worked PY Brazil under one of my own callsigns.

Usually we would take a flask of soup on SOTA activations.  However we havenít done this on our recent night time activations, but we did take a flask of tea which we enjoyed."

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

Op

20:18

M6OXO

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P, M1EYP/P

20:19

MW6FEF

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:23

F4WBN

14MHz

CW

M1EYP/P

20:23

M1DYU

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P, M1EYP/P

20:24

M6AIF

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P, M1EYP/P

20:25

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P, M1EYP/P

20:26

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P, M1EYP/P

20:27

G4ZOI

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:30

CU6AD

14MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:37

7X3WPL

14MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:38

IZ5MDD

14MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P, M0HGY/P

20:39

M7AQX

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:41

G0WDT

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:43

2E0XLG/P

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:45

HI5YJM

14MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:47

2E0ICE

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:54

PY2AB

14MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P, M0HGY/P

20:58

PP6EOJ

14MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

21:08

CT1CBC

14MHz

FT4

M0HGY/P

21:09

G0HIZ

144MHz

FM

M1EYP/P

21:12

GW0WTT

144MHz

FM

M1EYP/P

21:13

IK6BSN

14MHz

FT4

M0HGY/P

21:20

2E0KJR

144MHz

FM

M1EYP/P

21:27

M7HIJ

144MHz

FM

M1EYP/P

21:29

G4ZYU

144MHz

FM

M1EYP/P

21:31

2W0FNA

144MHz

FM

M1EYP/P

21:35

CT1CBC

14MHz

FT8

M1EYP/P

 

Monday 19th April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

After The Cloud G/SP-015, I still had time to activate Gun on the way to work - but only with a VHF handheld!  Two stations worked from the summit before a swift retreat and drive into Leek.  As usual, a filled oatcake breakfast was collected from "Take A Break" in Leek - and very much enjoyed.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

06:42

G7WKX

144MHz

FM

06:45

G4VXW

144MHz

FM

 

Tuesday 20th April 2021 -  Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

I went straight to Gun on the way to work, as I wanted to try a little HF - requiring extra time to set up and take down a groundplane antenna.  Nothing spectacular - just six QSOs on FT4 mode, half of which were with Greek stations.  I did The Cloud G/SP-015 later, on the way home from work.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

06:32

SV3IEG

14MHz

FT8

06:33

RN4AOE

14MHz

FT8

06:35

RX3ASQ

14MHz

FT8

06:39

9A6NDZ

14MHz

FT8

06:41

SV2NCH

14MHz

FT8

06:43

SV2OXS

14MHz

FT8

 

Wednesday 21st April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Back to the routine of activating both The Cloud G/SP-015 and Gun G/SP-013 on the way to work.  Just one 2m FM QSO on The Cloud, followed by three on Gun.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

07:05

2W0BML

144MHz

FM

07:07

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

07:08

G7WKX

144MHz

FM

 

Friday 23rd April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

And the same again on Friday - Cloud and Gun en route to work.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

06:59

2E0TDX

144MHz

FM

07:00

2E0XYL

144MHz

FM

 

Saturday 24th April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

After the long 2m multimode activation on The Cloud, just a typical dash up Gun with a handheld.  Nonetheless, a pleasing eight QSOs recorded.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

17:26

2E0XYL

144MHz

FM

17:27

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

17:28

2E0TDX

144MHz

FM

17:29

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

17:31

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

17:31

G7WKX

144MHz

FM

17:32

MW6SHJ

144MHz

FM

17:33

M0HGY

144MHz

FM

 

Sunday 25th April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Over to Gun, and as is so often the case, time was now against me and I just walked to the summit with my handheld.  I wanted to get back in time for Dan Toftís weekly online ďVirtual Open MicĒ show at 1.30pm BST, as Liamís latest video and recording was scheduled to be on it.

2m FM: 7 QSOs

2 S2S: GW4HQB/P & MW0OVW/P on GW/MW-009

Back home, and watched the Facebook Live broadcast, which included this cover of a 1980 Manchester punk classic from my sonís band:

 

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

S2S

11:23

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

11:24

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

 

11:25

2E1CYM/M

144MHz

FM

 

11:26

GW4HQB/P

144MHz

FM

GW/MW-009

11:27

MW0OVW/P

144MHz

FM

GW/MW-009

11:32

2E0DIJ

144MHz

FM

 

11:33

G4FPH/M

144MHz

FM

 

 

Monday 26th April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Another working week, and another decision to do both summits with a handheld on the way to work.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

06:56

G4XQB

144MHz

FM

06:57

G0LVY

144MHz

FM

 

Tuesday 27th April 2021 - Kinder Scout G/SP-001, The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Having done The Cloud, I could hardly then return straight home without doing Gun! Across I went, but this time just took the handheld up with me.

2m FM: 1 QSO!

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

17:53

2W0BML

144MHz

FM

 

Wednesday 28th April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

My local pair of summits activated on the way to work in Leek.  2m handheld with rubber duck.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

06:55

G0WDT

144MHz

FM

06:56

GW0HUS

144MHz

FM

 

Thursday 29th April 2021 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

My local pair of summits activated on the way home from work in Leek.  2m handheld with rubber duck.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

15:26

2W1PJE

144MHz

FM

15:28

M1DYU

144MHz

FM

15:29

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

15:30

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

15:32

G0MHF

144MHz

FM

 

Friday 30th April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

My local pair of summits activated on the way to work in Leek.  2m handheld with rubber duck.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

06:51

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

06:51

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

Saturday 1st May 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

A drive out to Wincle microbrewery later on, resulted in an unplanned jaunt up Gun G/SP-013 for a second activation of the day.  This was just using the handheld and rubber duck but still netted 4 QSOs including one S2S: G7HEM/P on G/WB-004.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

S2S

15:33

M0HGY/M

144MHz

FM

 

15:34

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

 

15:41

G7HEM/P

144MHz

FM

G/WB-004

15:43

G6TMO

144MHz

FM

 

 

Wednesday 5th May 2021 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

I was a bit late getting up on the Wednesday morning.  Not that I had aspirations to get two summits in before work; The Cloud G/SP-015 was being "saved" for that evening's 2m FT8 activity contest!  However, more time would have afforded HF operation.  As it was, it had to be 2m handheld in-a-rush as usual!

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

06:49

G4XQB

144MHz

FM

06:50

G4UCT

144MHz

FM

 

Friday 7th May 2021

I wanted to try 15m from Gun G/SP-013 on my way to work in Leek in the morning. Imagine my frustration upon failing to find the antenna in my car!  I (mistakenly) concluded it must be hidden away somewhere in the boot of Marianneís car from the previous day.  I deployed 17m instead, but was disappointed both with the lack of DX in the band activity window, and moreso with the absence of stations replying to my CQ calls on FT8 . Eventually I called a CQing Polish station and made a single contact.  JA stations were just starting to appear on the screen as I began packing away.  Listening around the band, for once CW may have been a better choice than FT8.  So a couple of false starts there, but I still thought there was fun to be had on 15m with a groundplane vertical at the current time - when I find it - so watch this space!

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

06:26

SQ5BAJ

18MHz

FT8

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