Fast moving developments! When Jimmy M3EYP, Liam and myself set off to Raw
Head on Saturday morning, 11th April 2009, we didn't have a clue that it's very
status as a Marilyn - and therefore a SOTA summit - was about to be fatally
questioned! Still, there you go, and at least we got our final fling out of it
without having to nervously watch an oncoming deadline!
This was a multi-event day out, with a call in another part of West Cheshire
to follow the activation. We parked in the more usual spot at the end of
Coppermines Lane, leaving a simple, pleasant and mostly level walk into the
summit. The footpath was popular with couples and families on this warm and
bright early April morning. After reaching the trig point, we adjourned into the
adjacent field to allow room for the radials of the 20m antenna without tripping
Jimmy worked through his 2m handheld, which I also borrowed for the S2S
contacts with Jordan M3TMX and Amanda 2E0MND on The Cloud
G/SP-015, and Richard G3CWI on Billinge Hill G/SP-017.
He made only five QSOs as 2m proved to be rather quiet, but nonetheless rejected
my invitations to have a go on 20m SSB.
On 20m CW, things weren't much more prolific. Seven QSOs were made to add to
the two S2S on 2m FM, before it was time to pack up and walk back to the car,
with a deadline pressing for the next activity.