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Shining Tor SP-004

 

Shining Tor, G/SP-004 - 559m ASL - SJ 994 737 - OS Explorer OL24 - 2 SOTA points         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Sunday 5th January 2020 - Kinder Scout G/SP-001, Shining Tor G/SP-004, The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

After Kinder Scout G/SP-001, I drove over to Shining Tor G/SP-004, for more FT8 SOTA.  I would, naturally, focus on 80m FT8 again, with the added bonus of giving chasers a multiplier in the 2020 Flavours Challenge!  But I also wanted to be able to swiftly QSY to 20m for a possible S2S FT8 QSO into the USA, so the SOTAbeams Bandhopper 4 linked dipole antenna was ideal.

Bandhopper 4 on Shining Tor    Trig point    Tom M1EYP

The FT8 activity never really got going on this activation, with just two on 80m and one on 20m.  But that one on 20m was S2S with Tom N2YTF/P on a W2 summit in the USA - so that was highly pleasing.  The weather conditions by this stage on Shining Tor were most unpleasant, but I was about to return to 80m to give the CW and SSB chasers a chance for their Challenge multiplier.  Unfortunately I was a bit too heavy handed (yes, I know, it’s happened before) when closing a link and I snapped the wire.  Game over.  The bad news was that I only had recorded 3 contacts on HF FT8 and hadn’t qualified the summit.  The good news was that I had my 2m handie, and this reaped 6 QSOs in just 3 minutes!

After returning to Macc and meeting Jimmy M0HGY and Liam at the pub for tea, I went out again for another couple of activations, starting with The Cloud G/SP-015.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

S2S

14:50

G0RQL

3.5MHz

FT8

 

14:53

G4TJC

3.5MHz

FT8

 

15:27

N2YTF/P

14MHz

FT8

W2/NJ-009

16:00

G0MHF

144MHz

FM

 

16:00

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

16:01

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

 

16:01

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

 

16:02

M0HGY

144MHz

FM

 

16:03

MW1MDH/M

144MHz

FM

 

 

Monday 10th February 2020 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Wellington School in Altrincham, where I was doing a long term teaching assignment until April, was on half-term this week.  However, some schools' half-term break was a week later, and were therefore in session on this date.  I picked up a day's supply at New Mills School, where I had a really lovely and fulfilling day.  That was mainly because the students really engaged positively with my teaching, but part of my enjoyment was the Dark Peak towering above the school campus and visible from most places I was during the day!

Shining Tor summit        Tom M1EYP

On my way home I just had to go via Shining Tor for my daily walking and SOTA fix!  At the top, it was cold with a dusting of snow.  Seven QSOs were made on 2m FM before I went home for my tea - after which I went out again, firstly to The Cloud G/SP-004.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

16:51

G0XBU/M

144MHz

FM

16:52

2E0TXE

144MHz

FM

16:52

M7ECT

144MHz

FM

16:53

M0VWT

144MHz

FM

16:53

M0NTI

144MHz

FM

16:54

2E0VWT/P

144MHz

FM

16:54

M6XCP

144MHz

FM

 

Saturday 21st March 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015, Gun G/SP-013 & Shining Tor G/SP-004

Uninspired and disinterested in the Saturday evening TV fayre, I excused myself and went out for an evening stroll up Shining Tor.  This was an enjoyable night walk in the cold crisp air, rewarded at the summit with great views over the lights of Manchester.

Shining Tor summit        Tom M1EYP

Twelve stations were worked on the handheld, all on 2m FM.  It was a pleasing end to an enjoyable three-activation day.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

20:21

M0TKG

144MHz

FM

20:22

G0RXT

144MHz

FM

20:24

2E0CCD

144MHz

FM

20:25

M7ECT

144MHz

FM

20:25

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

20:26

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

20:27

2E0JPY

144MHz

FM

20:28

G0RXA

144MHz

FM

20:29

M0MTF

144MHz

FM

20:30

G1OXH

144MHz

FM

20:32

M1DCG

144MHz

FM

20:34

M0OAU

144MHz

FM

 

Monday 23rd March 2020 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, The Cloud G/SP-015, Gun G/SP-013

Social distancing seemed to be getting ramped up.  Driving out to a local hill for a local walk still seemed to be OK, whereas driving longer distance out of area to do so would probably be socially unacceptable.  But later in the day, even further instructions would be announced by the government that effectively ruled out SOTA.

Tom M1EYP  View from the shack!

I had a great walk up Shining Tor.  In order to be able to set up an antenna for HF, and be 100% certain to respect social distancing, I positioned myself a little away from the summit, in a pleasant sheltered spot below some rocks, overlooking the Macc-Buxton road, the Macclesfield Forest and the Cheshire Plain.

I left my tablet working automated-fashion on 15m FT8 via WSJT-Z.  Interspersed with activity on that mode, I called periodically on my handheld, making QSOs on 2m FM and 70cm FM.  It was a delightfully pleasant hour-and-a-half!  The activation concluded with nice S2S QSOs with Viki MW6BWA/P on Graig Syfyrddin GW/SW-020 - not a bad old distance with a handheld!  That afternoon I returned home, but with the full intention of conducting a couple more activations that evening - starting with The Cloud G/SP-015.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

S2S

11:26

F6BHK

21MHz

FT8

 

11:30

G4KHG

21MHz

FT8

 

11:37

EB3JT

21MHz

FT8

 

11:57

GW4TQE/P

433MHz

FM

GW/MW-027

12:00

EA3FAJ

21MHz

FT8

 

12:01

2W0FOI

433MHz

FM

 

12:08

CT1ELP

21MHz

FT8

 

12:12

G6MMS

433MHz

FM

 

12:13

IK4CBO

21MHz

FT8

 

12:15

G4TJC

21MHz

FT8

 

12:22

M0VAZ

433MHz

FM

 

12:28

G4CFP/M

144MHz

FM

 

12:29

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

12:30

G4ERQ

144MHz

FM

 

12:30

EA7GV

21MHz

FT8

 

12:32

G4GCZ

144MHz

FM

 

12:32

2E0BCJ

144MHz

FM

 

12:33

M5HFJ

144MHz

FM

 

12:34

G1VKT

144MHz

FM

 

12:36

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

 

12:37

MW6SHJ

144MHz

FM

 

12:39

G0XBU

144MHz

FM

 

12:44

MW6BWA/P

144MHz

FM

GW/SW-020

12:47

MW6BWA/P

433MHz

FM

GW/SW-020

12:49

M0CSP

144MHz

FM

 

12:50

2E0TXE

144MHz

FM

 

12:52

MW0JLA/P

144MHz

FM

GW/SW-020

 

Saturday 16th May 2020 - The Cloud G/SP-015, Gun G/SP-013 & Shining Tor G/SP-004

It was a super joint activation on Shining Tor G/SP-004 with Jimmy M0HGY. 

Cup cake from Cherry Blossom Bakery        Jimmy M0HGY

We set off after 7pm, choosing to utilise the evening time to avoid others and keep social distancing as easy as possible.

M0HGY:

51 QSOs

44 on 2m FM

7 on 30m FT4

M1EYP:

53 QSOs

13 on 2m FM

29 on 30m FT4

2 on 30m FT8

9 on 30m CW

Jimmy M0HGY        Tom M1EYP

Jimmy clearly supported my claim that 2m is alive and well with contacts coming thick and fast throughout the evening. By packdown time, I was thinking “If only I had my backpacking tent and sleeping bag with me, and be in a phase and life in which that was socially acceptable!” This was because I was by this stage getting called and worked by North American stations on 30m FT4. I would have liked to have gone on for hours!

Jimmy M0HGY        Waypost on Shining Tor

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

19:41

EA4HAI

10MHz

DATA

19:42

SQ9UPH

10MHz

DATA

19:44

SV8NAJ

10MHz

DATA

19:45

EA3HYF

10MHz

DATA

19:46

IK2LEY

10MHz

DATA

19:53

IZ3KUX

10MHz

DATA

20:00

G7ADF

10MHz

DATA

20:16

SQ1OD

10MHz

DATA

20:21

UX5UN

10MHz

DATA

20:32

S52XA

10MHz

CW

20:33

SA4BLM

10MHz

CW

20:34

SM7CBS

10MHz

CW

20:41

YO8AZQ

10MHz

CW

20:43

US5XD

10MHz

CW

20:45

UR5CI

10MHz

CW

20:47

UT3UGI

10MHz

CW

20:49

EA3CW

10MHz

CW

20:52

IZ4EKG

10MHz

CW

21:01

EA1GWM

10MHz

DATA

21:06

SM0EJR

10MHz

DATA

21:07

OK1XHC

10MHz

DATA

21:09

RN3AOE

10MHz

DATA

21:12

HB9CNU

10MHz

DATA

21:16

OK4DJ

10MHz

DATA

21:18

F5LKW

10MHz

DATA

21:26

MW6SHJ

144MHz

FM

21:26

G7OEM

144MHz

FM

21:29

G0HIZ

144MHz

FM

21:30

M0SQJ

144MHz

FM

21:31

M0DAV

144MHz

FM

21:32

G7LHK

144MHz

FM

21:33

G7UCP

144MHz

FM

21:33

M1EIB

144MHz

FM

21:34

M0INY

144MHz

FM

21:36

G0TEE

144MHz

FM

21:38

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

21:41

M7MJK

144MHz

FM

21:42

G7ABR

144MHz

FM

21:48

DL6NAC

10MHz

FM

21:49

R2EA

10MHz

FM

21:51

CT2JQD

10MHz

FM

21:58

DL3IG

10MHz

FM

21:58

IU7MZC

10MHz

FM

22:00

I6JEI

10MHz

FM

22:04

R4FBG

10MHz

FM

22:05

IK2EST

10MHz

FM

22:05

EA8UK

10MHz

FM

22:07

SP9RM

10MHz

FM

22:08

VE9NC

10MHz

FM

22:11

W2DJX

10MHz

FM

22:13

WB9CNE

10MHz

FM

22:19

IZ1MHY

10MHz

FM

22:22

W0ALA

10MHz

FM

 

Sunday 17th May 2020 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

The Peak District, like most National Parks, was suffering “bad press” (or those that flock to them were).  Of course, only bad news tends to “make the cut” on TV bulletins. There was plenty of walkers on Shining Tor G/SP-004.  Social distancing was being observed impeccably with everyone showing great respect for each other on the paths.  Care needed to be taken with gates and stiles of course - but I’d rather have been there than in a supermarket. (Less than 1% of Covid transmission occur outdoors according to a study published the previous week).

The previous evening, there were zero other people on the hill.  This morning with several - but plenty of space for everyone, and all lovely considerate fellow walkers.

2m FM handheld - 6 QSOs

I then drove over to Gun G/SP-013.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

11:11

M6OXO

144MHz

FM

11:12

2E0SAE

144MHz

FM

11:18

MW0RKD

144MHz

FM

11:19

G3CWI/M

144MHz

FM

11:20

M0VTS

144MHz

FM

11:22

G0ELM/P

144MHz

FM

 

Wednesday 20th May 2020 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

More splendid social distancing on the hills.  The hills are definitely a nice place to do this social distancing thing, and all the other walkers seem really lovely about it.  My choice for Shining Tor G/SP-004 was 30m FT8 & CW.  That wasn’t really based on any study of likely propagation conditions, but more addiction-based I fear.  Anyway, it paid off, with the band providing lots of activity on both modes, though strangely, there was no FT4 to be had on 10.140MHz whatsoever.

52 QSOs:

30m FT8: 20 QSOs

30m CW: 26 QSOs (S2S - HB/BE-087, DM/BW-067, HB/SZ-016)

2m FM: 6 QSOs

Tom M0TKG & Tom M1EYP        Cracking view from Shining Tor

It was nice to meet Tom M0TKG up there, and he was having a great activation on 40m SSB.  In the heather, just near to where Tom was operating, I found my sunglasses that I’d lost up here back on 21st February 2019 (yes it was a very sunny day for February!) 453 days later - I found them again.  Fully intact, but unsurprisingly in need of a clean!   I stayed on the road and went to activate Gun G/SP-013, and then The Cloud G/SP-015.

Before descending, I worked a few on 2m FM, culminating with Simon G7WKX who advised me about the opening to EA on 6m.  I was going to go home to pick up the 10m GP before my next activation, but now I could switch thoughts to the “Magic Band”, and the SOTAbeams SB6 Moxon was already in the car!

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

S2S

09:08

DL2VED

10MHz

FT8

 

09:10

G7ADF

10MHz

FT8

 

09:13

ON5SWA

10MHz

FT8

 

09:16

EA3HP

10MHz

FT8

 

09:21

DB1BMN

10MHz

FT8

 

09:24

SM4CJM

10MHz

FT8

 

09:25

F5HTR

10MHz

FT8

 

09:26

F5JKK

10MHz

FT8

 

09:29

EA7GV

10MHz

FT8

 

09:30

DG1PO

10MHz

FT8

 

09:31

OE6GND

10MHz

FT8

 

09:33

ON7DE

10MHz

FT8

 

09:41

F5EOW

10MHz

FT8

 

09:42

IK2LEY

10MHz

FT8

 

09:43

EA2LU

10MHz

FT8

 

09:45

IU8JCQ

10MHz

FT8

 

09:49

PA7RA

10MHz

FT8

 

09:50

DK1REM

10MHz

FT8

 

10:01

SP1O

10MHz

FT8

 

10:03

DG1DBX

10MHz

FT8

 

10:12

OH3GZ

10MHz

CW

 

10:13

HB9AGH

10MHz

CW

 

10:13

DJ1MX

10MHz

CW

 

10:14

DL1CR

10MHz

CW

 

10:14

OE6GND

10MHz

CW

 

10:15

DL1FU

10MHz

CW

 

10:16

HB9CBR/P

10MHz

CW

HB/BE-087

10:18

OK1FMJ

10MHz

CW

 

10:19

DL6FBK/P

10MHz

CW

DM/BW-067

10:20

DL4MFM

10MHz

CW

 

10:21

HB9CEV/P

10MHz

CW

HB/SZ-016

10:23

EA2IF

10MHz

CW

 

10:24

PA7RA

10MHz

CW

 

10:25

DL4EPM

10MHz

CW

 

10:26

IK2ECC

10MHz

CW

 

10:26

ON4ON

10MHz

CW

 

10:28

DL8NDG

10MHz

CW

 

10:29

DL7UWR/P

10MHz

CW

 

10:31

SA4BLM

10MHz

CW

 

10:32

SM5LNE

10MHz

CW

 

10:33

IU3HMH

10MHz

CW

 

10:34

EA5K

10MHz

CW

 

10:35

SP5KD

10MHz

CW

 

10:35

HF0B

10MHz

CW

 

10:37

EA2GM

10MHz

CW

 

10:40

DL1SWB

10MHz

CW

 

10:50

2E0PXW

144MHz

FM

 

10:51

G8MIA

144MHz

FM

 

10:51

G3CWI/M

144MHz

FM

 

10:52

M0VTS

144MHz

FM

 

10:53

M7ECT

144MHz

FM

 

11:13

G7WKX

144MHz

FM

 

 

Friday 22nd May 2020 - Shining Tor G/SP-004

My 12m GP hadn’t been used in a while, so that’s what I took up to Shining Tor G/SP-004 with me for the joint activation with Alan M1FHM.  When I unpacked that, it was in a sorry state, and no wonder, as it was rather sloppily constructed compared to what I would do now.  It was therefore no surprise that it suffered several collapses in stiff breeze. Interestingly though, the VSWR indication on the 817 suggested it might be usable on 10m as well.

Tom M1EYP & Alan M1FHM        Alan M1FHM

And so it proved to be.

12m FT8: 5 QSOs

10m FT8: 13 QSOs

2m FM: 2 QSOs

I made a mental note to to remake the 12m GP, better and stronger, and maybe with the resonant frequency nudged up a little higher.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

06:55

RW1C

24MHz

FT8

07:00

G8HXE

24MHz

FT8

07:16

RX4CD

24MHz

FT8

07:35

G0JEI

28MHz

FT8

07:35

M5JPG

28MHz

FT8

07:40

G4TJC

28MHz

FT8

07:48

SP4SHK

28MHz

FT8

07:49

OK2PDT

28MHz

FT8

07:55

M3JIE

28MHz

FT8

07:56

SP4UPH

28MHz

FT8

07:57

SM4CJM

28MHz

FT8

08:01

EA7GV

28MHz

FT8

08:10

EA5D

28MHz

FT8

08:12

ES3RM

28MHz

FT8

08:24

2E0EEY

28MHz

FT8

08:27

SQ5MR

28MHz

FT8

08:43

SP5XSD

24MHz

FT8

08:44

G4TJC

24MHz

FT8

09:02

2E0PXW

144MHz

FM

09:03

G0RXT

144MHz

FM

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