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Kisdon 2008


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Kisdon G/NP-026    Richard G3CWI & Lewis

The alerts for Kisdon G/NP-026 and Rogan's Seat G/NP-014 had been posted, and I got a call from Richard G3CWI. He and his son were originally going to do Cracoe Fell G/NP-032, to maintain Richard's "completeness" of the G/NPs, but deferred that agenda, preferring some company. Furthermore, Richard insisted it was his turn to drive - result!

80m and 40m aerials    Lewis by the large stone cairn    Tom M1EYP/P on Kisdon G/NP-026

After the traditional breakfast feast at Lymm Truck Stop, we headed north, unimpeded on the M6. Exiting at J38, we drove through Kirkby Stephen, Nateby, past Nine Standards Rigg G/NP-018 and down into Keld. Just beyond the village, we pulled into the lay-by opposite the start of the track, and changed into our walking boots.  It was Halloween Day, Friday 31st October 2008, and we were hoping to indulge in a spot of exorcism!

FT-817 perched above the snow    Jimmy M3EYP & Tom M1EYP

The march up the green track along the side of the hill was rapid. We turned the corner to follow the high dry stone wall to the summit, and were there in short order. Richard set up his 40m dipole, and I the 80m dipole. In no time at all, Richard was reporting 20+ QSOs on 40m CW. A little later, both Jimmy and I had plenty each in the log for 80m SSB and 80m CW respectively.

Summit of Kisdon G/NP-026    Jimmy M3EYP operating on 80m SSB

The descent commenced, and just as we were nearly down to the car, Jimmy led us up a bank and into a large sloping field. Here, the route intercepted the Pennine Way between Thwaite and Keld and crossed a footbridge.  We now contemplated our long walk to Rogan's Seat G/NP-014.  Thanks to the following stations, all worked on 80m with 5 watts:

G0TDM Penrith John CW T
GX0ANT/A Penrith John CW T
G3KYF Blaby Keith CW T
G4OBK Pickering Phil CW T
G3WPF Wilmslow Reg CW T
G0AOD Tutbury Dave CW T
G4CMQ Ipswich David CW T
G3OHC Selby Graham CW T
GW0DSP Connahs Quay Mike SSB J
GW7AAV Connahs Quay Steve SSB J
G0TDM Penrith John SSB J
GX0ANT/A Penrith John SSB J
G0TRB Tamworth Roger SSB J
G0RQL Milton Damerel Don SSB J
G3RDQ Stockbridge David SSB J
GW0VMZ Merthyr Tydfil Alistair SSB J