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Wendover Woods CE-005


Wendover Woods, G/CE-005 - 267m ASL - SP 890 089 - OS Explorer 181 - 1 SOTA point        Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Sunday 26th January 2020 - Wendover Woods G/CE-005, Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

Gig:  Liam Read Band Bandeoke

Venue:  Swan With Two Necks, Macclesfield


I felt somewhat uneasy about bagging this summit after overnighting in Milton Keynes.  It's a half-hour drive in kind of the wrong direction for going home, which feels uneconimcal and illogical!  Plus it was a horrible wet morning.  However, the SOTA addiction was too powerful as ever, and off I went!


Aston Hill, Wendover Woods        Tom M1EYP


I parked at the roadside on Aston Hill and attempted some calling on my handheld.  It was lashing it down with rain, and I had zero appetite for setting up portable antennas for HF, operating datamodes or CW or whatever!  Unfortunately, there was hardly anyone about on VHF.  I eventually got a call and an exchange from G4DUL, and with nothing else materialising, I gave up and drove into the main Wendover Woods car park to visit the cafe for breakfast.


The Cafe in the Woods        Wendover Woods


Well breakfast was lovely, and cheered me up.  I had another go at calling on my handheld from just outside the cafe - it's in the activation zone, and in fact very close to the true summit - much closer than Aston Hill!  The take-off for VHF is nowhere near as good as Aston Hill though - which itself isn't all that good at all - and no QSOs were added to the log.  I wasn't too worried, as I had several tour gigs booked for later in the year that would bring me back this way - so I felt confident that sooner or later I would collect the all-important activator point!  (This was before the Coronavirus crisis, which subsequently brought about the cancellation of all those gigs and significantly lessened the probability that I would indeed pass by again during 2020).


I set off for home, but with both Gun G/SP-013 and The Cloud G/SP-015 programmed into my satnav as waypoints!










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