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Hail Storm Hill SP-009

 

Hail Storm Hill, G/SP-009 - 477m ASL - SD 835 193 - OS Explorer OL21 - 1 SOTA point        Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Sunday 23rd September 2018 - Freeholds Top G/SP-011, Hail Storm Hill G/SP-009 & Winter Hill G/SP-010

Gig: Joe Longthorne

Venue: Viva Blackpool

After Freeholds Top G/SP-011, I drove further west andI parked in the village of Cowpe, which sits immediately beneath Hail Storm Hill.  I began the walk up through the scrapyard.  I was soon on the familiar track up from Waterfoot and heading up towards Top of the Leach.  This point is 3m lower than the true summit of Hail Storm Hill, with hardly any drop in-between.  Therefore, despite being a couple of miles away, it is in the activation zone - and is a much more desirable site for a portable station. 

How am I supposed to get over that?                    Top of Leach trig point                    Top of Leach memorial stone   

Not that I set up a “portable station” as such.  I was being very lazy again, and just getting away with using my handheld.  I did make ten QSOs though - 7 on 2m FM and 3 on 2m C4FM (Fusion). 

Interesting fusion of rural and industrial!     Black sheep!

The descent was a straightforward reversal of the ascent route without any variations to create loops.  Such are possible in this area, but I didn’t really have time for experimentation.   The musical director phoned me up to check on my progress and sounded quite alarmed when I told him I was walking down a hill!  “Get a move on” I was told!  It turned out he assumed I was on a hill back over in East Yorkshire!  In the event, I was at soundcheck before he was.

Small stone shelter on Top of Leach     The ubiquitous wind turbines

Soundcheck was very quick, this being the fourth consecutive night with the same band.  We adjourned to the nearby Nandos for some food, although I found the experience to be entirely mediocre.  I won’t be returning.  It was a tremendous gig again, very enthusiastically received by the audience.  My good friend Joy, the lead singer with Motown Gold (who I’d been working with three nights earlier) had come to see the show with her daughter, and it was great to see them.

Top of Leach     Tom M1EYP

The show finished. I packed up and loaded the car. It was 11pm.  So, obviously, I headed off to do another SOTA activation - on Winter Hill G/SP-010!

Andy, Lauren and Andy in Nandos, Blackpool   A shot from that night's show

Time

Call

Band

Mode

13:26z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

13:27z

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

13:28z

M6ODZ

144MHz

FM

13:30z

M6XBQ

144MHz

FM

13:34z

2E0XLG/P

144MHz

FM

13:36z

G4WWS/P

144MHz

FM

13:41z

G0KZH

144MHz

C4FM

13:48z

M6XBQ

144MHz

C4FM

13:53z

2E0MOW

144MHz

FM

13:55z

2E0MOW

144MHz

C4FM

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