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Les Platons JE-001

 

Les Platons, GJ/JE-001 - 136m ASL - WV 651 554 - OS Jersey Official Leisure Map - 1 SOTA point        Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Portsmouth harbour        Portsmouth harbour

We woke up on Saturday 23rd June 2018 in the Travelodge at Portsmouth.  We knew from the previous night that the sailing had been put back over an hour, so we were surprised, in fact rather alarmed to receive a text saying that boarding was commencing!  Fortunately, we were very close to the port, but I did make a phone call to confirm we would be able to drive onto the vessel!

Mornington Hotel, St Helier  Portuguese paella  Rediffusion radio unit!

With it being a long crossing, and only having around four hours sleep the previous night, we bought ourselves a cabin in which we could relax.  I put myself back to bed for some more sleep!  The cabin had a fruit bowl and water which we devoured during the crossing, and a television, on which we were able to watch the World Cup matches, Belgium beating Tunisia 5-2 and Mexico defeating South Korea 2-1.

Start of clifftop coastal path to Les Platons        View from Les Platons

That evening we checked into the Mornington Hotel in St Helier and took a wander out for some beers and food.  We had a fantastic meal at a Portuguese restaurant we found in the back streets.  Breakfast the following morning in the hotel was good too.  The wall-mounted radio unit in the hotel room amused me - I'd not seen one of those for 30 years!

Les Platons from the car park        Tom walking to Les Platons

Les Platons        MJ0HGY/P enjoying the view

It would have been possible to virtually drive onto Les Platons on Sunday 24th June 2018, but we elected to leave the car at a car park/viewpoint a little along the coast, and take the clifftop footpath to the summit.  The summit itself was not particularly attractive, but the sea views were excellent.  Jimmy was up and running first on 2m FM, and secured his qualification all from stations located in the Channel Islands.  One of these was Bill GJ4WSB/P who was also SOTAing in Jersey and Guernsey.  He was actually walking very close to Les Platons and even waved to us at one point about 50m below the summit!

Coastal view from Les Platons        Jimmy at what he believed to be the highest point

Possible summit marker on Les Platons     Jimmy MJ0HGY/P

Tom MJ1EYP/P        Stunning day, stunning views

Jimmy also worked into France on 2m FM, while I managed a QSO into the south coast of England.  I mainly operated on 20m CW though, and Jimmy did a little 20m SSB towards the end of the activation.  After walking back to the car, we drove around to the headland at Plemont where the old Pontins holiday camp stood.  This was where I worked as a musician back in 1990, and where I met my wife, and Jimmy's mum Marianne, who was the nurse there.  Since I visited with Marianne a few years ago, the abandoned ruins of the holiday camp had been removed and the land returned to nature under the stewardship of the National Trust.  It was lovely to see.

Plemont headland        The swimming pool was here in the Pontins camp!

Jimmy at Plemont        The only building still remaining

Plemont Bay        Old footpath entrance to the Pontins camp

Jimmy and I wandered around the site, and I showed him where the old chalets, swimming pool, ballroom etc were.  It was a rather "existential" experience for him to see the place where his mum and dad met!  We then needed to drive back to St Helier and board the ferry to Guernsey.  On the boat, we met, and sat with Bill G4WSB and his son Steven 2E0SCS.  They were remaining on the ferry all the way back to Poole - but Jimmy and I had two more Channel Island summits yet to activate, the next of which would be - believe it or not - Guernsey Airport GU/GU-002!

This was the road entrance to the camp        Tom at the spot where his chalet was!

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

Op

09:36z

MU0WLV

144MHz

FM

 

MJ0HGY/P

09:40z

2J0SCS/P

144MHz

FM

 

MJ0HGY/P

09:44z

GJ4WSB/P

144MHz

FM

 

MJ0HGY/P

09:51z

IZ3ETU

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

09:52z

IK2LEY

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

09:52z

G4OBK

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

09:53z

LA6ZFA

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

09:54z

EA2DT

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

09:55z

DJ2MX

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

09:56z

MJ0KWD/P

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:00z

GJ7DNJ

144MHz

FM

 

MJ0HGY/P

10:01z

DL/HB9BIN/P

14MHz

CW

DM/BW-067

MJ1EYP/P

10:03z

PA1BR

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:06z

OH3GZ

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:07z

DL7ARJ

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:07z

EA2BD

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:08z

IK2CFD

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:10z

DL1HBT

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:21z

S52CU

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:22z

SP9AMH

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:23z

DL3HXX

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:24z

DL2HWI

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:24z

OM3CUG

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:26z

HB9AGH

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:27z

9A3R

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:27z

DL9CM

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:34z

I1POR

14MHz

SSB

 

MJ0HGY/P

10:36z

EA2MKR

14MHz

SSB

 

MJ0HGY/P

10:37z

DJ5AV

14MHz

SSB

 

MJ0HGY/P

10:37z

G8XTO

144MHz

FM

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:42z

EB2JU

14MHz

SSB

 

MJ0HGY/P

10:49z

S58KA

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:51z

F6CHV

144MHz

FM

 

MJ0HGY/P

10:51z

DF6QB

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:53z

DL6AP/P

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:56z

HB9DBM/P

14MHz

CW

HB/OW-022

MJ1EYP/P

10:57z

CT1DRB

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

10:58z

OZ6ABZ

14MHz

CW

 

MJ1EYP/P

11:21z

MJ1EYP/M

144MHz

FM

 

MJ0HGY/P