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Leith Hill SE-002

 

Leith Hill, G/SE-002 - 295m ASL - TQ 139 431 - OS Explorer 146 - 1 SOTA point         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index


Friday 18th January 2019 - Leith Hill G/SE-002 & Chanctonbury Ring G/SE-009

Gig: Ragdolls

Venue: Inglenook Hotel, Bognor Regis

 

Leith Hill        Tom M1EYP

So I had a late call to do a dep gig with the Ragdolls - a Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons tribute show - in Bognor Regis. Itís a bit of a trek for a one-nighter gig, but I had an offer of free and comfortable accommodation for the night at my sister-in-lawís in Hampshire - and therefore my mind turned to SOTA possibilities.  I consulted directly with the G Association Manager, who suggested Leith Hill and Chanctonbury Ring to be part of a feasible route between Macclesfield and Bognor.  This worked well, and I had a decent run down to the Surrey Hills for the first activation.

FT8 S2S QSO into France The portable station of Roger F5LKW in France

It was useful that Iíd made good time, as that meant a possibility of making a S2S contact on FT8 with Roger F5LKW.  I parked at the Starveall car park and walked the 3/4 mile along the easy and mostly level woodland track to the summit.  Well, near to the summit.  As I would be setting up the SOTABEAMS Bandhopper 4 linked dipole, I stopped just short of the summit and set up on a large expanse of grass with a fantastic view - and hopefully take-off - to the south.  With everything set up, I checked the spots and noticed Roger was already QRV on 40m FT8.  I was receiving his CQ calls really well, so tried to go back to him.  Initially, my system played up and I needed to reconnect some cables and restart the Windows 10 tablet.  I tried again, and worked Roger first time. 40m FT8 - 7.074MHz - M1EYP/P on G/SE-002 to F5LKW/P on F/AM-362

I donít know if this was an all-time first FT8 S2S in SOTA.  I suspect not, but you never know!  Anyway, I was delighted to have made the S2S QSO.  I couldnít then raise any further FT8 QSOs for love nor money, but the shine was not taken off the satisfaction.  I complete the activation with 6 QSOs on CW.  They took me a total of 4 minutes, compared to the half-an-hour Iíd spent getting one QSO on FT8!  I then allowed my satnav to direct me to the parking spot for Chanctonbury Ring G/SE-009 on the South Downs near Worthing.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

13:42z

F5LKW/P

7MHz

FT8

F/AM-362

13:57z

EA2IF

7MHz

CW

 

13:58z

EA2DT

7MHz

CW

 

13:59z

HB9AFI

7MHz

CW

 

14:00z

OK2PDT

7MHz

CW

 

14:01z

DL1FU

7MHz

CW

 

14:01z

OZ6ABZ

7MHz

CW

 

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