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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

 
 

Tuesday 15th January 2019 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

I walked to the summit from the Cat & Fiddle, then a little further along and slightly down the ridge.  I wanted to find a spot where the wall backed into the direction of the wind, and a little lower so that the load on the mast would not be as severe.  As it was, I ended up snapping the mast in two during setting up anyway - although it was on a section that had been weakening for some time (that I had kept forgetting to do something about!).  So the apex of the BH4 linked dipole was 1.5m lower than intended, but all was fine with that. Not fine was the way the various software were interacting on my tablet.  As well as WSJT-X 2.0, I’d now also got Log4OM, Log4OM Communicator and JTAlert installed and running.  The idea of this was to allow proper logging, with an aspiration for it to become automated as part of a future macro which will also cycle the QSO process to return to calling CQ after that.  I was getting the logging dialog box up automatically at the end of a QSO, but still had to manually then click to confirm I want to log the contact.  I’d rather that bit was automatic.

WSJT-X

A few seonds later, I'd get an error message with the word “Failure” as the headline, telling me that it wasn’t possible to log the QSO to Log4OM, but that the data had still gone into the log file (text file I think).  As well as these issues, I'd noticed several instances of someone replying to my CQ call and WSJT-X not automatically launching into the QSO process as it normally would.  I had to manually click on the station calling to trigger it.  Sometimes it worked, but many times I had to do it manually.  I wondered if the other processes running (JTAlert, Log4OM, Log4OM Commuicator) were interfering in some way, so I closed them down.  However the intermittent problem persisted.

22 QSOs made on the activation:

2m FM: 7 - including S2S with Neil M0WBG/P on Gun G/SP-013

30m FT8: 11

80m FT8: 4

There was a short shower during the activation, but I kept dry inside my bothy bag at that point.  Otherwise it remained dry, but very cloudy, cold and breezy.  I walked off the hill at dusk, headtorch in pocket, but not required.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

13:51z

M0WBG/P

144MHz

FM

G/SP-013

13:52z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

13:52z

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

 

13:53z

G0OHY

144MHz

FM

 

13:55z

M3HGH

144MHz

FM

 

13:55z

M0NZO

144MHz

FM

 

14:40z

SP2EWQ

10MHz

FT8

 

14:41z

IK2LEY

10MHz

FT8

 

14:47z

HA3PT

10MHz

FT8

 

14:54z

M6PPF

10MHz

FT8

 

15:06z

E73DN

10MHz

FT8

 

15:07z

RU2FV

10MHz

FT8

 

15:11z

OM4TC

10MHz

FT8

 

15:13z

S52D

10MHz

FT8

 

15:20z

SP5SMY

10MHz

FT8

 

15:32z

IN3BMN

10MHz

FT8

 

15:33z

UW8SM

10MHz

FT8

 

15:55z

M0GQC

3.5MHz

FT8

 

15:56z

G3NYY

3.5MHz

FT8

 

15:58z

GM0AXY

3.5MHz

FT8

 

16:03z

G4PDF

3.5MHz

FT8

 

16:29z

G4CFP

144MHz

FM

 

 

Thursday 24th January 2019 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

No winter bonus today, nor even any normal points, with all for 2019 having been already collected.  But the phone didn’t ring for any supply teaching work this morning, and I needed to do my 10,000 steps to meet my Fitbit target.  I recalled that my three local SOTAs added up to that.

Snowy Shining Tor        Snowy summit

Well I completed the round, starting and finishing in Macclesfield, in less than four hours.  I started with a Spearing’s meat & potato pie, known locally as a “Macclesfield breakfast”, then drove up the Cat & Fiddle road for Shining Tor.  It was a winter wonderland on the Tor - snow cover all over, but consolidated and easy to walk on - perfect.  The temperature felt like it was comfortably above freezing, so the white stuff probably wouldn’t be around for long.

I just used handheld and rubber duck from the summit, but nonetheless gathered a rapid nine contacts.  Over on Gun G/SP-013, I would be well below the snowline.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

14:22z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

14:23z

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

14:24z

M0NZO

144MHz

FM

14:25z

G6TET

144MHz

FM

14:27z

M3LWP/M

144MHz

FM

14:28z

2E0OAU/M

144MHz

FM

14:29z

G7UZA

144MHz

FM

 

Friday 25th January 2019 - no SOTA

Gig: Liam Read & Dan Toft

Venue: Unicorn Inn, Hanley

A last minute gig came in for me and Liam and Jimmy M0HGY jumped in for the ride, mainly on the promise of a pre-gig curry in Stoke!  The gig went on later than I anticipated, and this demotivated me for activating The Cloud G/SP-015 on the way home, as I wouldn’t be able to record it on the date of the 25th.  I hadn’t completely discounted the possibility though, but Jimmy “advised” me that it would be better to go straight home.

Saturday 26th January 2019 - Shining Tor G/SP-004 & The Cloud G/SP-015

Gig: Funktion & Co.

Venue: Flying Horse Hotel, Rochdale

I was hoping to go for a walk up Kinder Scout G/SP-001 on this Saturday morning, but the weather forecast was a bit grim, and Richard G3CWI didn’t fancy it either.  We did decide however to go for a walk up Shining Tor G/SP-004.  While driving up the Cat & Fiddle road, I chased Paul MW0PLA/P who was QRV on 2m FM from Moel y Gamelin GW/NW-042.

Richard copied my MO of putting VHF handheld in coat pocket and walking up without a rucksack.  It was a pleasant walk despite low visibility, and we hit the limited dry period of the morning perfectly.  At the summit I made four contacts on 2m FM.  Richard had a fiddle about and listen on 2m on his own HT, but didn’t in the end make any QSOs.  The return walk was equally pleasant, and the post activation pint in Wetherspoons, despite it being only 10am and accompanied by a breakfast wrap, was more pleasant still.

Off up to Rochdale later to play some cheesy 1990s pop - bit of a change from Motown, Frankie Valli and Joe Longthorne!  But first, an unanticipated afternoon activation of The Cloud G/SP-015.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

09:21z

2E0DIJ

144MHz

FM

09:22z

G7OEM

144MHz

FM

09:23z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

09:25z

M0LJH

144MHz

FM

 

Thursday 21st February 2019 - Gun G/SP-013 & Shining Tor G/SP-004

A change of plan at home after I returned from Gun G/SP-013, and a glorious sunny afternoon gave me the opportunity, and idea to have another crack at testing out my 30m GP and HB1B.  I invited Richard G3CWI out on the trip, more for his antenna analyser than his company between you-and-me, but don’t tell him that.  Main thing is that I did remember to take the Travelmast and earbuds out of the house this time. 

The laser-cut centrepiece for the 30m GP antenna    Tom M1EYP

The walk up Shining Tor was very pleasant in the sunshine, but there was a fair bit of breeze which concerned me with regard to deploying a 10m mast.  We checked some mapping to determine the extent of the AZ on the lee (north) side of the hill, and continued downslope after the summit to get a little more shelter.  We found a good flattish grassy spot to the right of the path, and where we determined the wind would not be too disruptive to the large vertical antenna. 

Too much untangling to do!  Spaghetti for tea?  Up and running - finally

The aerial went up and was found to be resonant on 9.6MHz.  I cut off some of the vertical element, and the CF moved up to 9.880MHz.  Repeat a couple of times, and I got it to 10.110MHz - perfect!  I verified that the SWR indication on the FT-817 was good right across the band, and started activating.  9 QSOs were made on 30m CW, and everything seemed to be working nicely.  I then swapped the FT-817 for the HB1B, and thoroughly enjoyed using that rig for the first time in nearly two years.  It’s such a pleasant rig to use, and 5 more 30m CW QSOs were made.

Walking back over the summit on the way back to the car, I put out a few calls on 2m FM with the handheld, resulting in three further QSOs.  The return journey was punctuated with a refreshment stop at the Stanley Arms, Bottom o’th’ Oven. Jennings Cumberland - always a favourite for a sunny SOTA day.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

15:45z

LZ3SM

10MHz

CW

15:46z

F4DIA

10MHz

CW

15:47z

IK2LEY

10MHz

CW

15:48z

F5JKK

10MHz

CW

15:48z

E74ZZ

10MHz

CW

15:49z

DL2DWC

10MHz

CW

15:49z

DL2JES

10MHz

CW

15:50z

G4AYO

10MHz

CW

15:51z

M6MPC

10MHz

CW

15:56z

OH3GZ

10MHz

CW

15:58z

HB9CGA

10MHz

CW

15:59z

DL3HXX

10MHz

CW

15:59z

DL8DXL

10MHz

CW

15:59z

9A1AA

10MHz

CW

16:21z

MW6NSV/M

144MHz

FM

16:22z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

16:23z

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

 

Friday 26th April 2019 - Shining Tor G/SP-004

Gig: Joe Longthorne

Venue: Majestic Theatre, Retford

Another venue not exactly conducive to hillwalking.  However, the Google Maps route took me over the Cat & Fiddle road, so Shining Tor seemed logical.  Nice walk up in very light drizzle.  Windy at the summit though, and raining harder, so not too pleasant.  2m FM handheld activation again.  Six QSOs including S2S with Caroline M3ZCB/P and Martyn M1MAJ/P on Bardon Hill G/CE-004.  “Are you on The Cloud?” asked Caroline. On this occasion, no.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

11:52z

2E0IXM

144MHz

FM

 

11:54z

2E0RKA

144MHz

FM

 

11:56z

M3ZCB/P

144MHz

FM

G/CE-004

11:57z

M1MAJ/P

144MHz

FM

G/CE-004

11:57z

M0NZO

144MHz

FM

 

11:57z

M6NSV

144MHz

FM

 

 

Sunday 12th May 2019 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

So far in 2019 I had done 66 activations of my local three SOTA summits.  Jimmy M0HGY - the G Association Manager - had done none - zero - nada - nul pwa.  But, to be fair, he had been mithering me for a weekend day out to do them for a number of weeks.  The ducks all lined up, finally, for this particular Sunday, and we got them done.

Tom M1EYP        Jimmy M0HGY

It was a very nice day here in Cheshire.  Blue sky and dry all day.  A little chilly to start off with for the first one, but then shirt-sleeve order for the rest of the day, and factor 50 applied for the last one!  We spent the longest time on Shining Tor G/SP-004, with both Jimmy and I fielding large pile-ups on 2m and 30m respectively.  We actually swapped stations at one point on this summit too, with me working a number on 2m FM, and Jimmy logging four QSOs on 30m FT8 - his SOTA activator debut on the 30m band. 

It had really warmed up by the time we were on Gun G/SP-013.

 

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

Op

08:18z

GW4ZPL/P

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:19z

M3STG

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:20z

G0UXF

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:22z

G7OEM

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:23z

M6OBQ

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:25z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:26z

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:28z

DL6ZFG

10MHz

FT8

 

M1EYP/P

08:28z

M6CAG

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:31z

2W0IXM/M

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:32z

OE1KLA

10MHz

FT8

 

M1EYP/P

08:35z

DC9JVN

10MHz

FT8

 

M1EYP/P

08:36z

IK3JLT

10MHz

FT8

 

M1EYP/P

08:38z

OE5DML

10MHz

FT8

 

M1EYP/P

08:40z

MW3TMX/P

144MHz

FM

GW/NW-027

M1EYP/P, M0HGY/P

08:41z

SM5IZS

10MHz

FT8

 

M1EYP/P

08:41z

G6TET

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:42z

OK2KE

10MHz

FT8

 

M1EYP/P

08:42z

M6OBQ/P

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:44z

DL6YBD

10MHz

FT8

 

M1EYP/P

08:44z

M1IRM/P

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:47z

M7HCK

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:48z

M6CAG

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:49z

OK4KOP

10MHz

FT8

 

M1EYP/P, M0HGY/P

08:50z

DQ0X

10MHz

FT8

 

M1EYP/P

08:51z

2E0OAU/M

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:53z

G3ZPU/P

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:56z

S52CU

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

08:56z

DL1FU

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

08:57z

OE7PHI

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

08:57z

GB2RM

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

08:58z

HB9DBM

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

08:58z

EA2LU

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

08:59z

OK2PDT

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

09:00z

HB9JOE

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

09:00z

DF8FU

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

09:02z

2E0XLG/M

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:03z

2E0HTT

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:04z

ON4UP/P

10MHz

CW

ON/ON-017

M1EYP/P

09:05z

G3TCY

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:06z

9A2V

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

09:07z

OK1AQW

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

09:08z

DK1WI

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

09:09z

M1EIB

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:11z

2E1ICK

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:12z

G4JNN

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:14z

F5HTR

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

09:15z

GB5HW

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:15z

ON5SE

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

09:15z

LA8BCA

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

09:17z

OK1DPU

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

09:25z

DC8SP

10MHz

FT8

 

M0HGY/P

09:27z

OZ9ACF

10MHz

FT8

 

M0HGY/P

09:29z

OE9KBV

10MHz

FT8

 

M0HGY/P

09:31z

G3SMT

144MHz

FM

 

M1EYP/P

09:31z

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

 

M1EYP/P

09:32z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

M1EYP/P

09:33z

M0NPT

144MHz

FM

 

M1EYP/P

09:34z

GW4ZPL/P

144MHz

FM

 

M1EYP/P

09:35z

G4TQE/P

144MHz

FM

G/SP-017

M1EYP/P, M0HGY/P

09:36z

M7HCK

144MHz

FM

 

M1EYP/P

09:36z

G0RXA

144MHz

FM

 

M1EYP/P

09:37z

G0HRT

144MHz

FM

 

M1EYP/P

09:37z

MW0IDX

144MHz

FM

 

M1EYP/P

09:38z

G0OOQ

144MHz

FM

 

M1EYP/P

09:40z

G4DPX/M

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:44z

G0RGU

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:44z

OK1AY

10MHz

FT8

 

M1EYP/P

09:45z

M0NPI

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:46z

F4FZR

10MHz

FT8

 

M1EYP/P

09:47z

M7STH

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:48z

M0IQL

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:50z

G4ETG/M

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:52z

CT7ABE/P

10MHz

CW

CT/ES-007

M1EYP/P

09:56z

G4TJC/P

144MHz

FM

G/NP-012

M1EYP/P, M0HGY/P

09:57z

G0FRL

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:58z

G0NAJ

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

09:58z

G0TFL

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

10:00z

G8HUA

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

10:00z

IW2NBW

10MHz

CW

 

M1EYP/P

10:02z

G4BGJ

144MHz

FM

 

M0HGY/P

10:21z

2E0XLG/P

144MHz

FM

 

M1EYP/P

10:21z

M6OBQ

144MHz

FM

 

M1EYP/P

 

Sunday 26th May 2019 - Winter Hill G/SP-010 & Shining Tor G/SP-004

Gig: Joe Longthorne

Venue: Norton House Country Club, Sheffield

That night’s gig in Sheffield meant another obvious summit choice - Shining Tor G/SP-004.  The musical director had requested an early soundcheck, and when I got to the parking spot, just short of the Cat & Fiddle, I realised I had a time window of only 75 minutes.  My ascent walk was timed at exactly 30 minutes, so I could relax for the activation (which would still be a fast one on 2m FM with the handheld) and return walk.  Six contacts were made, including a surprise call from Jimmy M0HGY at the home QTH. 

Shining Tor        Joe in concert

I was at the venue in good time and completed soundcheck.  We then had about 90 minutes to seek out some food, so I used Google Maps on my phone.  A fifteen minute walk to the Sportsman Inn was indicated, and as it was a lovely afternoon, I managed to persuade the band to go for a walk.  It was a very pleasant walk around the outskirts of Sheffield, with plenty of green space on one side and great views over the city centre from relatively high ground.  The steak and ale pie with mash, greens and gravy was first class too.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

12:58z

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

12:59z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

12:59z

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

13:00z

MW6SHJ

144MHz

FM

13:01z

M0HGY

144MHz

FM

13:02z

G7UZA

144MHz

FM

 

Monday 10th June 2019 - Shining Tor G/SP-004

Gig: Joe Longthorne

Venue: Buxton Opera House

Well this was an easy choice.  The summit halfway between home and gig!  Nice to have a gig that was 25 minutes away rather than 5 hours away too!

Tom M1EYP        Buxton Opera House

The weather forecast was awful, but in the event, the downpour slid by to the west of me, no more than about 500 feet away!  Luck was on my side.  On summit I made ten QSOs on 2m FM with the handheld.  Although I was getting good reports into Blackpool, Stafford and Ellesmere Port, Richard G3CWI in Macclesfield 5 miles couldn’t hear a whisper from me. I was confident I’d be able to hear him so I suggested he make use of Hack Green, but he wasn’t having any.  OK, showtime…

Time

Call

Band

Mode

13:27z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

13:27z

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

13:29z

M1EOP

144MHz

FM

13:30z

M6XBQ

144MHz

FM

13:31z

G7UZA

144MHz

FM

13:34z

G8BRF

144MHz

FM

13:41z

G0OHY

144MHz

FM

13:44z

M0XJG

144MHz

FM

13:52z

G0CTR

144MHz

FM

13:53z

2E0MOW

144MHz

FM


Wednesday 10th July 2019 - Shining Tor G/SP-004

Gig: Liam Read & Dan Toft

Venue: Swan With Two Necks, Macclesfield

It actually wasn’t the gig that influenced this SOTA choice, but the day’s supply teaching in Buxton.  On the way home from that, a warm and bright afternoon encouraged me to wander up Shining Tor.  2m FM handheld, six QSOs.  Chatted with two paragliders on the descent.  They were deliberating on whether to launch from the path corner above the tea rooms, or to move up to the Cat & Fiddle.  Home for tea then out for another gig.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

15:34z

GW0HUS

144MHz

FM

15:35z

M1BUU/P

144MHz

FM

15:37z

2E0XLG/P

144MHz

FM

15:41z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

15:42z

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

15:44z

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

 

Tuesday 3rd September 2019 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

The day commenced with an emergency rescue effort - Jimmy M0HGY had uncharacteristically missed his liftshare to work, and also the bus.  Therefore, Superdad launched into action, scooped him up from Broken Cross roundabout, and got him into work in WIlmslow ahead of time.  That meant I was now out and about myself with a morning to kill.  So - obviously - I went for a walk up Shining Tor!

 

In a round trip of just less than an hour, I walked up from the Cat & Fiddle, made five contacts on my 2m FM handheld, and walked back down to the car.  With the prospect of an evening contest activation on The Cloud G/SP-015 ahead of me, I decided to sneak Gun G/SP-013 in before going home for lunch.

 

Time

Call

Band

Mode

09:31z

M0NZO

144MHz

FM

09:32z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

09:33z

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

09:36z

2W0JYN/P

144MHz

FM

09:37z

G0MHF

144MHz

FM

 

Monday 9th September 2019 - Gun G/SP-013, The Cloud G/SP-015 & Shining Tor G/SP-004

I dropped Liam off at Space 4 Autism in Macclesfield for his social evening.  Twenty minutes later, I was parking near to the Cat & Fiddle pub on the A537.  Another thirty minutes later, I had completed my walk to the summit of Shining Tor.

A pleasing activation ensued.  Using just the FT-70D handheld and rubber duck, I made 16 QSOs in 18 minutes.  This was a pleasing enough return in itself, but even more so with half of the QSOs being on C4FM (Fusion) mode.  After walking back to the car and driving back to Macclesfield, I picked Liam up bang on 9pm.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

18:48z

G3ZHE

144MHz

FM

18:49z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

18:50z

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

18:51z

M6AIF

144MHz

FM

18:52z

G7ROM

144MHz

FM

18:52z

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

18:53z

MW6SHJ

144MHz

FM

18:56z

M6NAE

144MHz

C4FM

18:57z

2E0CKA

144MHz

C4FM

18:58z

M6HNS

144MHz

C4FM

18:59z

G0ROW

144MHz

C4FM

19:00z

M0SAV

144MHz

C4FM

19:02z

2E0TWD

144MHz

C4FM

19:02z

M7RJL

144MHz

C4FM

19:04z

M0OGG

144MHz

C4FM

19:06z

2E0RKA/M

144MHz

FM


Thursday 12th September 2019 -  Shining Tor G/SP-004, The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

I was out of the house at the start of the day, but could think of little else than a walk up Shining Tor.  Well, I did also think about breakfast.  I visited TTS Meats, a kind of wholesaler / cash & carry place on an industrial estate, but with a shop and cafe open to the public.  I succumbed to temptation and indulged in the Belly Buster Breakfast.  Oh dear.  I definitely needed to walk that off now.  Or at least make a start on it.

My main agenda item was to give Jimmy's MFD a run out on the new feeder.  He had been complaining of intermittent SWR issues, and I was pretty sure I'd identified the feeder cable as the culprit.  The secondary agenda item was to compile a healthy log on 2m FM after yet another bout of moans online about "VHF not being what it once was"! 

Both objectives achieved.  A bumper log of 39 QSOs on 2m FM, and Jimmy's antenna and the new feeder all behaving perfectly.  There would now be a bit of a gap before going out for the 6m contest night on The Cloud G/SP-015 later.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

10:10z

MW0VCM/P

144MHz

FM

GW/NW-054

10:12z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

10:15z

GW4VPX

144MHz

FM

 

10:16z

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

 

10:18z

G1HZR/P

144MHz

FM

 

10:20z

G0ALC

144MHz

FM

 

10:21z

2E0NLG

144MHz

FM

 

10:21z

M6TPS

144MHz

FM

 

10:23z

G7OEM

144MHz

FM

 

10:23z

M0OAU/M

144MHz

FM

 

10:25z

G4DQB/M

144MHz

FM

 

10:27z

G8YJT

144MHz

FM

 

10:28z

G4ZRP

144MHz

FM

 

10:30z

M6LBI

144MHz

FM

 

10:36z

M0OKK/M

144MHz

FM

 

10:43z

M0SAQ

144MHz

FM

 

10:47z

M0AGJ/P

144MHz

FM

 

10:50z

M1AUN/M

144MHz

FM

 

10:52z

G4ERQ

144MHz

FM

 

10:53z

G4JNN

144MHz

FM

 

10:54z

M6OXS/M

144MHz

FM

 

10:57z

M0NZO

144MHz

FM

 

11:03z

G7VKP

144MHz

FM

 

11:05z

M1BYH/M

144MHz

FM

 

11:06z

G4BXD

144MHz

FM

 

11:08z

M1DCG

144MHz

FM

 

11:13z

M0GIA/P

144MHz

FM

 

11:14z

M6YCE/M

144MHz

FM

 

11:15z

G4DPX/M

144MHz

FM

 

11:17z

M3PQX

144MHz

FM

 

11:19z

M6BLV

144MHz

FM

 

11:22z

G3CWI/M

144MHz

FM

 

11:24z

G1ZGZ

144MHz

FM

 

11:34z

G4CFP

144MHz

FM

 

11:39z

G3CWI/P

144MHz

FM

G/WB-006

11:43z

G3CWI/P

144MHz

C4FM

G/WB-006

11:46z

G4DEE

144MHz

FM

 

11:50z

M6DRW

144MHz

FM

 

11:58z

G1RWA

144MHz

FM

 


Friday 13th September 2019 -  The Cloud G/SP-015, Gun G/SP-013 & Shining Tor G/SP-004

It was time for a much overdue "date".  A mutual day off, clear of all other agendas, meant that Marianne and I could head off into the Peak for lunch and a long walk.  We agreed on a walk we have done before, figuring that the Goyt Valley would be stunning on such a fine sunny afternoon.

Walking away from the Cat & Fiddle Stone bridge over the Goyt Flagged footpath   

We first made for the Peak View Tea Rooms, just short of the Cat & Fiddle on the A537 Macclesfield to Buxton road.  We both plumped for the "Special cream tea" - sandwich + two scones with jam & clotted cream + tea/coffee.  This was very pleasant, as it always is at this establishment.  We then shifted Marianne's car up to the Cat & Fiddle, which would be the start and end point of our circular walk.

Wonderful sunny day in the Peak        The beautiful Goyt Valley

We walked down the lane to Derbyshire Bridge at the head of the Goyt Valley.  We then turned left to walk down the one-way lane through the valley, enjoying the lovely scenery, especially around the River Goyt low down to our right.  We continued through the valley, past Errwood Reservoir and up onto Pym Chair.  We then turned left to follow the PROW up the ridge to the summit.  I just operated on my handheld for a few minutes at the summit, before we completed the walk back to the Cat & Fiddle.  About 18km.

Hang gliders playing over Shining Tor        Shining Tor summit

Marianne and I rounded off our outing with a beer at the Stanley Arms, Bottom of the Oven, on the way back to Macc.  A nice cool pint of Brakspears Oxford Gold went down a treat.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

15:01z

M3ZCB/P

144MHz

FM

G/SP-014

15:01z

M1MAJ/P

144MHz

FM

G/SP-014

15:02z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

15:03z

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

 

15:04z

M1FHM

144MHz

FM

 

15:07z

M0HPD

144MHz

FM

 

 

Saturday 14th September 2019 -  The Cloud G/SP-015, Gun G/SP-013 & Shining Tor G/SP-004

Marianne was off out to work.  Jimmy M0HGY and Liam weren't interested in anything other than lounging around at home.  So I made up a flask of mulligatawny soup and treated myself to an afternoon on Shining Tor.  I really enjoyed the familiar walk, in lovely weather.  I didn't enjoy my SOTA Pole snapping in the wind when I started setting up on the summit!

I was able to fashion together a mast of about 3m height from my broken pole.  I deployed the SOTAbeams Bandhopper 4 linked dipole antenna on this, and everything seemed to work fine.  I did wonder how 80m would get along with the aerial being so low, but I needn't have worried.

Somewhat appropriately for a Flora Fauna referenced location, I made 44 contacts on a variety of bands and modes.  This included six summit-to-summit QSOs, so it was a very pleasant operating session.  I returned home, tucked into a take-away curry with Jimmy and Liam, then Jimmy and I walked up to the local pub for a couple of pints with friends.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

12:59z

DL6WT

7MHz

CW

 

13:00z

DL1FU

7MHz

CW

 

13:06z

M1BUU/P

7MHz

CW

G/NP-008

13:08z

ON4MB

7MHz

CW

 

13:09z

EA2DT

7MHz

CW

 

13:13z

I2CZQ

7MHz

CW

 

13:14z

IZ3EIN

7MHz

CW

 

13:16z

F8FSC

7MHz

CW

 

13:17z

F6DVH

7MHz

CW

 

13:27z

HB9AGH

7MHz

CW

 

13:29z

SA4BLM

7MHz

CW

 

13:32z

ON7QR

7MHz

CW

 

13:34z

OK2BDF/P

7MHz

CW

OK/ZL-023

13:43z

OK1FMJ

14MHz

CW

 

13:44z

CT1DRB

14MHz

CW

 

13:46z

SM5LNE

14MHz

CW

 

13:46z

IK2CFD

14MHz

CW

 

13:48z

LZ1WF

14MHz

CW

 

13:49z

LZ2AF/P

14MHz

CW

 

13:54z

RN1QB

14MHz

CW

 

14:07z

CT2HKN

14MHz

SSB

 

14:19z

MX0MFR

3.5MHz

SSB

 

14:21z

M0BKV

3.5MHz

SSB

 

14:24z

2E0FEH

3.5MHz

SSB

 

14:28z

G8ADD

3.5MHz

SSB

 

14:38z

2W0HYW/P

144MHz

FM

 

14:40z

M1BZJ

144MHz

FM

 

14:41z

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

14:43z

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

 

14:47z

G0JEI

144MHz

FM

 

14:54z

M0HGY

144MHz

FM

 

15:05z

G4OBK

3.5MHz

CW

 

15:09z

G4TJC

3.5MHz

CW

 

15:21z

F8DSN

7MHz

SSB

 

15:22z

DJ5AV

7MHz

SSB

 

15:24z

DG1NPM

7MHz

SSB

 

15:25z

G4WSB

7MHz

SSB

 

15:32z

F5LKW

7MHz

CW

 

15:36z

DL8DXL

7MHz

CW

 

16:09z

GW6WRW/P

144MHz

SSB

GW/NW-040

16:11z

MW0YHB/P

144MHz

SSB

GW/NW-040

16:14z

EC2AG/P

14MHz

SSB

EA1/BU-061

16:22z

CT8/DF1ET/P

14MHz

CW

CU/SM-005

16:40z

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

 

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