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Rombalds Moor NP-028

 

Rombalds Moor, G/NP-028 - 402m ASL - SE 114 452 - OS Explorer 297 - 1 SOTA point        Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

 
The start of June brought another batch of tour dates, a few hundred road miles, and of course SOTA opportunities.

Friday 1st June 2018

 

Gig: The Ragdolls

Venue: The Octagon (Penningtons), Keighley 

It was not difficult to work out what summit I would activate on the way to a gig in Keighley.  Nor was it difficult to work out which mate to suggest a joint activation to!  Despite the last-minute Facebook message, Colin M1BUU was available and arranged to meet me at the parking spot at the end of the driveable section of Ilkley Road.  I was rather cross with myself, as I had intended to play with FT8 on my activations away from home - but I left the bag with Windows 10 tablet, ZLP MiniProSC interface and cables in my shack!

SB6 on summit        Flagged path over Rombalds Moor

Nonetheless, I still fancied some 6m, even though it wouldnít be 6m FT8, so packed the SOTAbeams SB6 and guying kit.  Colin and I made the short walk along the flagged path to the trig point.  Colin was operating CW on 20m and 30m, although finding the QSO rate very slow.  Not as slow as I was finding it on 6m though!  In contrast to recent days, the band was dead - or was it that I was not using FT8?  Anyway, I did eventually manage one QSO - with Terry G4AFS in Bingley!

Colin M1BUU        Tom M1EYP

The other three QSOs for the qualification came on 2m FM courtesy of my Yaesu FT70D handheld.  And with that, it was time to pack up, descend, and check-in at the youth hostel. Cheap accommodation is an issue when touring, but on this occasion I had a bed at Haworth YHA - much more pleasant than most guest houses and motels, and much cheaper at only £10 for the night.  They did have a doors-locked-at-11pm policy though - potentially not compatible with a typical gig - but this just meant I needed to check-in at teatime and make sure I had the door code to get back in later. 

FT-817 & Palm Paddle        Tom M1EYP activating

Finally, it was down to the Octagon venue for set-up and soundcheck, and the show. It was my second time working with The Ragdolls, which is a show in tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. This is a gig I enjoy greatly as the music is lovely to play and hear, and songs like Letís Hang On, Working My Way Back To You and December 1963 have cracking basslines.  The following morning I would head up to Sharp Haw G/NP-029 before continuing East for the next gig.

YHA Haworth        Octagon venue in Keighley
 

Time

Call

Band

Mode

14:10z

M6HNO

144MHz

FM

14:13z

G4AFS

50MHz

CW

14:25z

G0WUY

144MHz

FM

14:38z

G4CTZ

144MHz

FM

 

Saturday 29th September 2018 - Gun G/SP-013, The Cloud G/SP-015 & Rombalds Moor G/NP-028

Gig: Motown Gold

Venue: Larkfields, Pudsey, Leeds

 

Rombalds Moor NP-028     Tom M1EYP

It was an unusually early 3pm soundcheck for the wedding gig with Motown Gold in Pudsey, Leeds.  I was clear of that by 4pm and faced with four hours to kill.  The agenda was obvious - check into the youth hostel at Haworth to make sure I had the night code to get back in after my gig, then activate Rombalds Moor G/NP-028. 

Flagged path to the summit                    Dazzling sunset                    Trig point

The parking area is just about within the AZ, but I like my exercise, so I walked the half a mile or so, mainly flat flagged path to the trig point.  This actually is quite a tricky summit for 2m FM, especially with a handheld, so I was perfectly content with my haul of two contacts!  I tried calling a few more times on my return walk to the car.  Tony G4DEE/M did call me as he drove past Huddersfield on the M62.  We didnít complete though, and I can only assume he was travelling westbound and had commenced the descent towards Manchester.

Summit of Rombalds Moor (Ilkley Moor)     Motown Gold

The gig was great - a big posh wedding at a big posh private residence.  Good band, good musicians and great classic Motown tunes!  It was a bit of a drive back to Bronte country after the gig.  My bottom bunk at the YHA was very comfortable and I had a great nightís sleep ahead of a walk up Ingleborough G/NP-005 the following morning.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

17:35z

G0JTP

144MHz

FM

17:37z

G0GNU

144MHz

FM

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