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The Cloud SP-015

 

The Cloud, G/SP-015 - 343m ASL - SJ 904 637 - OS Explorer 268 - 1 SOTA point          Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Friday 1st January 2021 - New Year's Day

Marianne and I had agreed to go out for a New Year's Day walk together.

Snowy Cheshire on New Year's Day Bosley Tower, Sutton Common, Croker Hill Tom & Marianne

It was pretty snowy on the hills, and so our route was very pleasant.  I decided to walk from Fools Nook up to Sutton Common, then along the Wincle Minn ridge, before returning the same way. 

Croker Hill         South end of Wincle Minn

Part of the idea for this was that it was tarmac or concrete road, or at least tractor track all the way - no mud to negotiate.  It would follow the route of my Lockdown Walk 19 to the end of Wincle Minn, but then return the same way rather than completing the circuit via Stilesmeadow Farm, Bosley and the Macclesfield Canal.  Marianne approved!

Homemade Scotch eggs for lunch         Goose

We took a haggis Scotch egg each - homemade by me and Jimmy M0HGY the previous day for our New Year's Eve buffet.  these went down very well, as did the sandwiches and flask of coffee.

EYP & HGY homemade Scotch egg Out walking on Wincle Minn Tom M1EYP

I went out again that evening for my first SOTA activation of 2021, not realising it would be my fourth last (at the time of writing)!

Tom M1EYP         Snow and ice

It was a bitterly cold and icy night, and I took the easy option of the VHF handheld only.  Ample contacts made, including all three active SOTA couples in the workable area.  Care was required on the descent because of the ice.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

21:28

2E0XYL

144MHz

FM

21:29

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

21:30

MW6SHJ

144MHz

FM

21:31

M0JZR

144MHz

FM

21:33

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

21:35

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

21:36

2E0TDX

144MHz

FM

 

Saturday 2nd January 2021

I was up nice and early, and out for some radio fun on The Cloud.

Snowy sunrise from The Cloud        Sunrise over The Roaches

I gambled on taking the 10m-12m groundplane antenna, hoping to eke some contacts out of the ether via the magic of FT8.  Patience was required, and eventually five QSOs were made, four on 10m and one on 12m.  All g stations though!

View from the operating position        Tom M1EYP

Eventually the cold got to me and I decided to pack up and get home.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

08:32

M7TGF

28MHz

FT8

08:35

2E0TXE

28MHz

FT8

08:51

G6PAP

28MHz

FT8

08:54

2E0EEY

28MHz

FT8

09:29

M3THN

24MHz

FT8

 

Sunday 3rd January 2021

After a lethargic day at home, I forced myself out of the armchair and onto the hill after dinner on Sunday.  The bitter cold encouraged me towards 2m FM handheld activating once again.  And once again, plenty of contacts were made, and again including the SOTA couples of Pete 2E0LKC & Anne 2E0LMD, Steph MW6SHJ & Steven 2W0JYN, plus Karen 2E0XYL & Neil 2E0TDX.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

19:10

2E0TDX

144MHz

FM

19:10

2E0XYL

144MHz

FM

19:11

2E0JWA

144MHz

FM

19:11

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

19:11

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

19:12

G7ROM

144MHz

FM

19:13

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

19:14

MW6SHJ

144MHz

FM

19:14

M7TGF

144MHz

FM

 

Monday 4th January 2021 - Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

 

I activated The Cloud on my way home from work in Leek.  During that activation, one of my chasers informed me of an impending government lockdown, with tight restrictions that would now specifically ban outdoor recreation.  Going outdoors was to be for essential purposes or exercise only - but not recreation.  This effectively meant that I would need to suspend my SOTA activities.  While not explicitly outlawed in a legal context, it was clear that such actions would likely be viewed as antisocial and irresponsible by ones peers, and potentially by police officers. 

 

So this was the last one - for now.  Eight QSOs made, all on 2m FM with the handheld.

 

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

16:27

2E0XLG/P

144MHz

FM

16:29

2E0MTG

144MHz

FM

16:30

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

16:31

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

16:31

2E0TXE

144MHz

FM

16:32

G7WAW/P

144MHz

FM

16:33

M0WBG

144MHz

FM

16:34

G4HZW

144MHz

FM

 

Sunday 21st March 2021

The Return of SOTA went fabulously well.

Lunch! Path through Moss Rose Allotments Railway footbridge to Gaw End Lane

It was a beautiful day in Cheshire, perfect for a long walk.  Which is what it was.  Ten miles each way from home, following public footpaths, customary routes and canal towpaths.

Macclesfield Canal        Ducks on the canal

I’ve walked from home to The Cloud before, and indeed from The Cloud to home, but never both in the same day, until now!

Macclesfield Canal        Sean M0GIA

The summit was busy though, and I’m pretty sure I was the only one that had strictly observed current “Stay at Home” rules and not nibbled at the boundaries of the “short drive to open space” thing.

Top of Bosley Locks        Dismantled railway bridge at Lock 12

Still, when the Association Manager is watching and scrutinising your every move, what can you do?

Dismantled railway towards Bosley Wood Treatment        Footpath tunnel under the dismantled railway

Anyway, a pleasing 19 QSOs made with the handheld. 5 on C4FM and 14 on FM. S2S with Simon G4TJC/P on Kinder Scout G/SP-001 - he had also walked from home.

A lesser0used footpath onto The Cloud Sound advice for all cyclists Tom M1EYP

Another 40,000 steps recorded for my March the Month campaign by the time I had returned home, which had now raised over £800 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Trig point        Back down onto the canal       

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

S2S

13:34

G6RFL/P

144MHz

FM

 

13:36

M0SGB

144MHz

FM

 

13:37

G3CWI/A

144MHz

FM

 

13:48

M0HGY

144MHz

FM

 

13:49

2E0XLG/P

144MHz

FM

 

13:51

G4TJC/M

144MHz

FM

 

13:54

M7AQX

144MHz

FM

 

13:57

G3CWI/A

144MHz

C4FM

 

13:59

M0HGY

144MHz

C4FM

 

14:01

M7AQX

144MHz

C4FM

 

14:04

G4TJC/M

144MHz

C4FM

 

14:09

G6QA/M

144MHz

FM

 

14:13

M3ISJ

144MHz

FM

 

14:15

M0RCC

144MHz

FM

 

14:20

2E0TXE

144MHz

FM

 

14:22

G7WAW/P

144MHz

FM

 

14:23

M76AIF

144MHz

FM

 

14:25

G4TJC/P

144MHz

FM

G/SP-001

14:26

G4TJC/P

144MHz

C4FM

G/SP-001

 

Monday 29th March 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

 

I was in the habit of getting up increasingly early and going to bed increasingly early, in a bid to adjust my body clock ahead of an imminent overnight walking expedition.  As such, I'd planned to get up for work at 2.30am on this Monday morning!

 

Tom M1EYP        Station set up on The Cloud

 

I headed first for The Cloud G/SP-015, where the summit was found to be extremely windy.  Breakages to poles and antennas are rarely fun, but even worse in darkness!  Therefore I dropped to the ledge to afford some shelter.  It took me too long to get the 40m dipole up - I was obviously out of practice, although the narrow ledge and the darkness made it more challenging.

 

It was pretty slow going.  Just three QSOs on 40m CW, supplemented by one on 2m FM.  I then packed up and went over to Gun G/SP-013.

 

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

04:11

YL3AJT

7MHz

CW

04:23

E77O

7MHz

CW

04:25

G7GJF/M

144MHz

FM

04:51

OH3GZ

7MHz

CW

 

 

Tuesday 30th March 2021 - Shining Tor G/SP-004, Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

 

I drove over from Gun G/SP-013 and made my way up to the summit.  The "zoo" at Avona (the farmhouse halfway up) continues to grow.  Rambo the wallaby now has a second wallaby companion, and there seemed to be yet more emus than before.  I only saw two of the alpacas but presume the other two were still in their shed.

Sunrise over a mist-filled valley        Path up to Cloud summit

The mist filled the valley between The Cloud and the Staffordshire Moorlands.  The sun rose over The Roaches and created a spectacular vista.

Cloud summit        Tom M1EYP

Five QSOs were made on 2m FM with the handheld, and it was time to go home.  I was home by 8.30am - not bad after a three summit trip!

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

06:21

M0UVA/M

144MHz

FM

06:22

G0WDT

144MHz

FM

06:26

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

06:31

M0RCC

144MHz

FM

06:32

G4XQB

144MHz

FM

 

Wednesday 31st March 2021 - March the Month Final Day!

For the last day of 'March the Month for Prostate Cancer UK', I wanted to go out with a big finish.  I had a crazy idea to walk to work - Macclesfield to Leek - 26km via public footpaths, canals and disused railway lines, plus of course over the summit of Bosley Cloud for a SOTA activation!  When I calculated that I would need to set off between midnight and 1am, I remained undeterred!

I started out around 0045 BST and walked down Chester Road towards Macclesfield town centre.  I then turned right onto the 'Flower Pot Greenway' - a path that runs from Bollin Meadow to the Moss Estate between housing estates, behind schools and through allotments, but thankfully, not besides roads!  Almost the entire 26km route did not involve road walking.  From the Moss Estate, I took the path onto Danes Moss, and carefully navigated and negotiated my way around the boggy paths in the woods until reaching a more established public footpath to a footbridge over the railway.  From here, I joined the Macclesfield Canal and followed the footpath down to Bosley Locks - a flight of 12 locks.

When at Fools Nook, a crossroads south of Macclesfield, and formerly the site of a well-known canalside pub of the same name, the phone rang.  It was BBC Radio 5 Live, and I was to go live on air on national radio on the "Up All Night" show, presented on this occasion by Susanne Courtney, standing in for Dotun Adebayo.

Outside home, ready to depart        Bosley Cloud summit @ 4am

At Lock 12, I crossed the metal footbridge over the lock and the climbed a small bank onto a disused railway line.  I followed this south to the Wood Treatment works at Bosley, where I had to keep a look out in the dark for the exit route from the railway - down a bank between trees and onto the muddy path that passes back through a tunnel under the railway line.  I now walked up the road as it gained height towards Bosley Cloud.  A left was taken into the road marked as a dead end, shortly after which I climbed a stile on the right to climb two sloping fields.  This path led up to Red Lane, which is the road up to the Cloudside parking spot.  I didn't continue all that way, but turned sharp right onto a lesser used route up to the summit.  This initially contour along the northern slopes of The Cloud G/SP-015 before turning into a couple of mild scrambles near the top.

When on Red Lane, I turned my radio on and straight away was in contact with Martyn M7BIA/P, who was on the summit of Gun G/SP-013.  I gave him a QSO as a pedestrian mobile station - M1EYP/M - and advised I would be on summit for the S2S contact in about a quarter-of-an-hour.  Amazingly, when on summit, as well as Martyn I worked seven other stations.  I was amazed to find that level of activity at 4 o'clock in the morning!  I ended up resting for around 40 minutes on Cloud summit, enjoying a flask of spicy parsnip & carrot soup and a piece of Marianne's lovely homemade Victoria sponge.

Signpost        Breakfast

I descended from The Cloud the more conventional way, following the Gritstone Trail route.  I continued to follow the Gritstone Trail down towards Rushton Spencer.  Some sections of this were surprisingly sparsely signposted, and in places tricky underfoot, somewhat unexpected for an established trail route.  I had done the whole Gritstone Trail before, but it was over 13 years ago, and I didn't remember this section too well.  As I dropped downhill, my phone rang again, and this was for the "progress report" interview on BBC Radio 5 Live.  I spoke with the presenter Susanne Courtney from around 0453 up to the 5am news about my position, night hiking and how to donate.

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As the route headed towards the village of Rushton Spencer, my headtorch picked out a railway bridge crossing at right angles.  This would be my cue to climb onto the railway line, this time via a proper staircase rather than a muddy bank.  Once on the former railway line, I noticed that the concrete edges of the bridge would be a suitable place to sit down for a rest.  I had an enjoyable twenty minutes sipping my flask of coffee and eating the rest of Marianne's delicious Victoria sponge cake.  It was 6am, just before dawn, and I felt great.

Rest break on the old railway line near Rushton Spencer        Heading down the disused line towards Rudyard

I checked the map, and it looked still quite a way to go!  At least it was now almost entirely along this disused railway line, so very easy walking and negligible navigation required.  I decided to set a brisk walking pace and try to maintain it at least to the dam at the other end of Rudyard Lake.

Continuing down the railway line        Hunthouse Wood station

Perhaps the map resolution I had on my phone made things look worse than they were.  It didn't seem too long before I'd reached Hunthouse Wood, the northernmost "station" on the Rudyard Lake railway.  I was soon enjoying views across the lake on my right hand side, and trying to judge my progress from the features on the opposite bank.

Rudyard Lake        Heading from the lake towards Leek

Once I'd reached the dam, I could feel confident that I would complete this epic trek and be in plenty of time for work.  From that point, I knew I only had less than half-an-hour left on the track and then a short walk uphill to the school.  Shortly I was on familiar Lockdown Walk 36 territory, the route I would often do before a working day in Leek.  Soon I caught my first sighting of my destination - Westwood College - which I could see atop the hill on the other side of the valley from the railway line.

Sun rising to the East        First sighting of Westwood College

I reached the exit onto Oakwood Road and I knew I was nearly there.  I turned right into Westwood Park Avenue and climbed the hill to the school entrance (New Hall) on the right-hand side.  This was seven-and-a-half hours after setting off from home in Macclesfield, and six-and-a-half hours of actual walking time.  Despite not sleeping properly for over 24 hours before the walk, I felt great and alert, and confident of fulfilling my professional duties for the workday ahead.  No doubt the heady cocktail of adrenaline and caffeine contributed to this!

Exiting the old railway line at Westwood, Leek Arrival!

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

S2S

03:04

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

03:05

M7BIA/P

144MHz

FM

G/SP-013

03:08

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

 

03:12

2E1GNZ

144MHz

FM

 

03:13

G4XQB

144MHz

FM

 

03:13

2E0TXE

144MHz

FM

 

03:19

2E0FMH

144MHz

FM

 

03:27

MW0ARL

144MHz

FM

 

 

Thursday 1st April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

 

I wasn't necessarily expecting or planning an early start to work the day after my 26km overnight walk-to-work event.  However, I was fast asleep before 8.30pm that night, and so was awake at 5am on the morning of All Fools Day.  I was full of energy again as well, remarkably, and so I got up and set about doing a couple of SOTA activations on the way to work.

 

I arrived on The Cloud summit and put a call out.  Regular SOTA chaser Peter 2E0LKC was first to reply - and last.  It was a one-contact activation!  Plenty of time to squeeze Gun G/SP-013 next anyway!

 

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

05:47

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

Easter Monday 5th April 2021

A wallaby at Avona        National Trust sign

Jimmy M0HGY and I went out for an evening activation on Easter Monday.  Here is Jimmy's report:

Cloud summit        SOTAbeams MFD antenna

"On Easter Monday evening, me and my dad Tom M1EYP activated The Cloud G/SP-015.  We arrived at the parking spot at Cloudside to find there were no other cars there.  (There was one other car there by the time we arrived back later).  This was a bonus as it meant we were unlikely to see anyone else on this walk, and this was indeed the case as we saw no one at all, and no social distancing needed to be observed. However, instead we saw two alpacas, one wallaby and an emu on the ascent, and a black cat on the descent.

Tom M1EYP operating on 40m FT4        Jimmy M0HGY

The summit itself was very cold and windy so we dropped down and set up by a big rock below the summit, which was sheltered, and in the activation zone.  My dad did his SOTA activation on 40m FT4 where he got 12 contacts and I did mine on 2m FM where I got 20 contacts.  Towards the end of the activation I was wearing 2 fleeces and a coat, but despite this was feeling cold, so when the bands dried up we made the decision to pack up and descend."

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

Op

20:10

2E0NSR

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:12

OE3TVJ

7MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:12

M6NSR

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:13

2E0TXE

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:15

SP9DLY

7MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:15

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:16

F5FEG

7MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:16

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:17

2E0XYL

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:18

G0JNJ

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:19

M7AQX

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:21

M0VWT

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:22

DL1IP

7MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:22

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:23

2E0VWT

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:23

M6XCP

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:24

M6IIE

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:25

DM3F

7MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:25

G7RXY

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:28

3Z9X

7MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:32

UW8SM

7MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:33

G0CTR

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:34

OZ5VO

7MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:37

DL1BZ

7MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:39

G8FGB

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:40

DL1NEO

7MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:41

M3UMP

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:41

DL5STX

7MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:43

2W1PJE

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:46

2E0ITA

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

20:47

DL1RTS

7MHz

FT4

M1EYP/P

20:48

G6LCS

144MHz

FM

M0HGY/P

 

Tuesday 6th April 2021

I got my timings mixed up and was all set to head out at the time I would normally for an 8pm UKAC start.  I knew I was doing the FMAC as well, but forgot about needing to leave the house an hour earlier accordingly!  In the event, being QRV just 13 minutes into the FMAC session was not too disastrous, but enough to take the edge off any possibility of winning my section.

It was bitterly cold - "feels like" 9 degrees below freezing according to the Met Office.  Somehow I made it through to the bitter end at 10.30pm, and then even continued a little to make a few more local FM contacts.  129 QSOs total for the activation.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

18:13

2E0KGA

144MHz

SSB

18:14

2E0LKC

144MHz

SSB

18:14

G3TDH

144MHz

SSB

18:15

G0KUY/P

144MHz

SSB

18:15

G8ZRE

144MHz

SSB

18:15

G0UXC

144MHz

SSB

18:16

M6AIF

144MHz

SSB

18:16

2E0NRL

144MHz

SSB

18:17

M7VMF

144MHz

SSB

18:18

G6LFT

144MHz

SSB

18:18

2W1PJE

144MHz

SSB

18:19

G4HZW

144MHz

SSB

18:20

M6OXO

144MHz

SSB

18:20

GW8ASD

144MHz

SSB

18:21

G0CNN

144MHz

SSB

18:24

G0XBU

144MHz

SSB

18:25

2W0JYN

144MHz

SSB

18:26

GW4ZAR

144MHz

SSB

18:27

GW4OKT

144MHz

SSB

18:29

2E0PKS

144MHz

SSB

18:33

M7LOZ/P

144MHz

SSB

18:34

GW3ATZ

144MHz

SSB

18:35

G4ILI/P

144MHz

SSB

18:38

2W0BML

144MHz

SSB

18:39

M7AQX

144MHz

SSB

18:43

G0JCC

144MHz

SSB

18:48

G8VHI

144MHz

SSB

18:49

M1DDD/P

144MHz

SSB

19:00

G0FXS

144MHz

SSB

19:02

G1VDP

144MHz

SSB

19:03

2E0VEZ

144MHz

SSB

19:04

M1MLM/P

144MHz

SSB

19:05

M0WBG

144MHz

SSB

19:05

GW4OKT

144MHz

SSB

19:06

G0CER

144MHz

SSB

19:07

M0XTC

144MHz

SSB

19:08

G8BFF

144MHz

SSB

19:08

G8ZRE

144MHz

SSB

19:09

G0UXC

144MHz

SSB

19:09

G4IJD

144MHz

SSB

19:10

M0VTD

144MHz

SSB

19:11

2W0JYN

144MHz

SSB

19:11

M0SLO

144MHz

SSB

19:12

M0OGG

144MHz

SSB

19:12

G3TDH

144MHz

SSB

19:13

M0LFF

144MHz

SSB

19:14

M0LTY

144MHz

SSB

19:14

GW4ZAR

144MHz

SSB

19:15

G0XBU

144MHz

SSB

19:15

G8XYJ

144MHz

SSB

19:16

G3RIR

144MHz

SSB

19:17

2E0OUT

144MHz

SSB

19:18

G3ZST

144MHz

SSB

19:19

G4ILI/P

144MHz

SSB

19:19

G4DEE

144MHz

SSB

19:20

G0MCV

144MHz

SSB

19:21

M3EMO

144MHz

SSB

19:21

2E0TXT/P

144MHz

SSB

19:22

M0NKE

144MHz

SSB

19:22

G3ZNU

144MHz

SSB

19:23

M0MPO

144MHz

SSB

19:24

M7DON/P

144MHz

SSB

19:25

G8REQ

144MHz

SSB

19:25

G1DRW

144MHz

SSB

19:26

G0UFE

144MHz

SSB

19:27

M0BUL

144MHz

SSB

19:28

G4TVR

144MHz

SSB

19:28

G0LGS

144MHz

SSB

19:28

G8DIR

144MHz

SSB

19:29

G7RHF

144MHz

SSB

19:30

G4BJD/P

144MHz

SSB

19:30

G0KUY/P

144MHz

SSB

19:31

M0WID

144MHz

SSB

19:32

G4BKF

144MHz

SSB

19:32

G8FMC

144MHz

SSB

19:33

G4RUL/P

144MHz

SSB

19:35

G3YYD

144MHz

SSB

19:38

G0XDI

144MHz

SSB

19:40

G8DMU/P

144MHz

SSB

19:41

G0LBK/P

144MHz

SSB

19:43

M1DDD/P

144MHz

SSB

19:45

G4FZN/P

144MHz

SSB

19:46

G0CNN/P

144MHz

SSB

19:47

G4JLG

144MHz

SSB

19:48

GW8ASD

144MHz

SSB

19:49

G0JSB

144MHz

SSB

19:57

GI4SNA

144MHz

SSB

19:58

G0CDA

144MHz

SSB

20:01

G0SKA

144MHz

SSB

20:03

G3TKF

144MHz

SSB

20:04

2E0SBM

144MHz

SSB

20:07

G8AQA

144MHz

SSB

20:10

G4HZG

144MHz

SSB

20:12

G4NTY

144MHz

SSB

20:13

G8YIG

144MHz

SSB

20:15

G0NZI/P

144MHz

SSB

20:25

G4CLA

144MHz

SSB

20:30

G8PNN/P

144MHz

SSB

20:33

GW0MDQ

144MHz

SSB

20:34

M0HWO

144MHz

SSB

20:35

M3SMK

144MHz

SSB

20:36

G6XHF

144MHz

SSB

20:40

G0UOK/P

144MHz

SSB

20:41

G1YBB/P

144MHz

SSB

20:42

G8OMB

144MHz

SSB

20:46

M7ALE/P

144MHz

SSB

20:47

G6AD

144MHz

SSB

20:52

M5TKA

144MHz

SSB

20:54

G8DVK

144MHz

SSB

20:57

G4HWA

144MHz

SSB

21:00

G4OAR

144MHz

SSB

21:01

G4CZB/P

144MHz

SSB

21:02

2E1DFS/P

144MHz

SSB

21:03

M0UGA/P

144MHz

SSB

21:04

G1VNB

144MHz

SSB

21:05

M0WCZ

144MHz

SSB

21:05

G4LPD

144MHz

SSB

21:06

M7LAN

144MHz

SSB

21:12

G4EPA

144MHz

SSB

21:20

G7ULL

144MHz

SSB

21:22

G4KQH

144MHz

SSB

21:23

G4FVZ

144MHz

SSB

21:25

G3WRA

144MHz

SSB

21:28

M0WLF

144MHz

SSB

21:29

G4BUO

144MHz

SSB

21:32

M0HGY

144MHz

FM

21:36

2E0EYP

144MHz

FM

21:37

M3EYP

144MHz

FM

21:38

MW6SHJ

144MHz

FM

 

Wednesday 7th April 2021

This was the MGMAC contest night - 2m FT8.  39 QSOs were made, with little in terms of genuine excitement until the last few minutes of the event, in which I worked a station in Belgium and two in the Netherlands.

Not a bad activation. 39 QSOs, all 2m FT8, including those two into PA and one into ON. Usual “length and breadth” of G worked (IO95 to JO01, IO70 to JO02), plus GW and GI. Didn’t manage GM or EI though, despite several attempts.  Not as cold as the previous night, but still very happy to be in my car after the descent, with the heater on full!

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

19:02

M7SZY

144MHz

FT8

19:03

2E1SKY

144MHz

FT8

19:04

G0VDE

144MHz

FT8

19:06

G4WKY

144MHz

FT8

19:08

G0LGS

144MHz

FT8

19:10

M7DJN

144MHz

FT8

19:13

G8XYJ

144MHz

FT8

19:16

MW0RSS

144MHz

FT8

19:18

G6EIH

144MHz

FT8

19:19

G0BIX

144MHz

FT8

19:20

M0NPT

144MHz

FT8

19:22

2W0BML

144MHz

FT8

19:23

MW0UPH

144MHz

FT8

19:26

G1VWC

144MHz

FT8

19:31

G0UXC

144MHz

FT8

19:32

G0NGL

144MHz

FT8

19:35

G0XDI

144MHz

FT8

19:38

G7RHF

144MHz

FT8

19:41

G4OBK

144MHz

FT8

19:43

G8AOE

144MHz

FT8

19:47

M0BDQ

144MHz

FT8

19:53

G3WZK

144MHz

FT8

20:05

G0ISX

144MHz

FT8

20:11

G4GFI

144MHz

FT8

20:12

G0JJG

144MHz

FT8

20:15

GI6ATZ

144MHz

FT8

20:16

G8SEI

144MHz

FT8

20:18

G3YDY

144MHz

FT8

20:20

G1ZHD

144MHz

FT8

20:22

G8BCG

144MHz

FT8

20:35

G8BCG

144MHz

FT8

20:37

OP9T

144MHz

FT8

20:41

M0WYB

144MHz

FT8

20:46

G8EEM

144MHz

FT8

20:52

G3ZNU

144MHz

FT8

20:54

G4BEE

144MHz

FT8

20:56

M5TKA

144MHz

FT8

20:58

PA3PCV

144MHz

FT8

20:59

PA3ANZ

144MHz

FT8

 

Thursday 8th April 2021

The weather forecast was for it to remain dry, but very windy, with gusts of up to 50mph.  I was expecting to have to set up on the sheltered north-east ledge and accept very compromised performance to the south and west.  When I walked onto the summit, it didn't seem quite so ferocious, so I gambled with setting up there.  There were a few hairy moments with me hanging onto the mast, and I did quit early at 10pm, but it would still have been a superior performance to anything I could have achieved from the ledge.  A nice round 50 QSOs made.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

19:06

GI4SNA

50MHz

SSB

19:08

G0XBU

50MHz

SSB

19:09

GW4OKT

50MHz

SSB

19:09

G0CER

50MHz

SSB

19:10

G4IOQ

50MHz

SSB

19:11

G4JLG

50MHz

SSB

19:11

GW8ASD

50MHz

SSB

19:12

G0EHG

50MHz

SSB

19:13

M0WJG

50MHz

SSB

19:14

G4NTY

50MHz

SSB

19:14

G4EII

50MHz

SSB

19:15

G8REQ

50MHz

SSB

19:16

GW4ZAR

50MHz

SSB

19:17

G8ZRE

50MHz

SSB

19:17

G4BEE

50MHz

SSB

19:18

G8BUN

50MHz

SSB

19:20

M0LLW/P

50MHz

SSB

19:21

G0UFE

50MHz

SSB

19:24

GW0MDQ

50MHz

CW

19:26

M1DDD/P

50MHz

SSB

19:27

G3VCA

50MHz

SSB

19:29

G1YBB

50MHz

SSB

19:29

G4CLA

50MHz

SSB

19:30

G0EAK/P

50MHz

SSB

19:31

G0ODQ

50MHz

SSB

19:34

G6OES

50MHz

SSB

19:35

G6AD

50MHz

SSB

19:38

G0LOK/P

50MHz

SSB

19:46

G4TVR

50MHz

SSB

19:48

G0VVE

50MHz

SSB

19:50

G4FZN/P

50MHz

SSB

19:53

2E0MDJ/P

50MHz

SSB

19:54

2E0TXT/P

50MHz

SSB

19:55

G3TDH

50MHz

SSB

19:56

G3PUO

50MHz

SSB

20:00

G0JSB

50MHz

SSB

20:13

G4ASR

50MHz

SSB

20:17

G7RHF

50MHz

SSB

20:21

G8YIG

50MHz

SSB

20:22

G4OAR

50MHz

SSB

20:24

G8AQA

50MHz

SSB

20:30

M0WBG

50MHz

SSB

20:34

G3SQQ

50MHz

SSB

20:35

GD8EXI

50MHz

SSB

20:44

GW4MBS

50MHz

SSB

20:48

GW0GEI

50MHz

SSB

20:50

M7AQX

50MHz

SSB

20:52

G0LGS/P

50MHz

SSB

20:53

G4ILI

50MHz

SSB

20:55

G4XTF

50MHz

SSB

 

Saturday 10th April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

 

The original idea was to try some SSTV work on 2m from The Cloud.  However, there was far too much hail coming down when I summited and I was worried about static.  I bottled out and put out a call on the handie - working just one QSO - thanks Pete 2E0LKC.

 

Ascending Cloud in wintry conditions        Cloud summit on an unusually wintry April day

 

I was about to slope off home in a sulk for a nice hot cup of tea.  But the precipitation abated, and the wallabies hopped over to say hello as I descended.  My mood lifted,and I drove over to Gun G/SP-013 for another try.

 

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

09:53

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

Tuesday 13th April 2021

Fantastic SOTA activity on 70cm on this evening!  It was reminiscent of the SOTA Fun Evenings of yesteryear.  I felt too cold and tired after 9pm local, so bailed out early.  Before that I made 58 QSOs - 23 on 70cm FM and 35 on 70cm SSB.  There were four SOTA activations on air (that I am aware of): M1EYP/P on The Cloud G/SP-015, G7WKX/P on Billinge Hill G/SP-017, G4AZS/P on Long Mynd-Pole Bank and G/WB-005 and G1ZAR/P on Bardon Hill G/CE-004.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

S2S

18:00

G0KUY/P

433MHz

FM

 

18:00

2E0LKC

433MHz

FM

 

18:01

2E0LMD

433MHz

FM

 

18:03

GW3ATZ/P

433MHz

FM

 

18:04

GW8ASD

433MHz

FM

 

18:05

G7WKX/P

433MHz

FM

G/SP-017

18:06

G3TDH

433MHz

FM

 

18:06

2W0JYN

433MHz

FM

 

18:08

M1DDD/P

433MHz

FM

 

18:09

G3WRA/P

433MHz

FM

 

18:10

GW0UXC/P

433MHz

FM

 

18:11

G8ZRE

433MHz

FM

 

18:14

G0XBU

433MHz

FM

 

18:15

GW4ZAR

433MHz

FM

 

18:17

M7LOZ/P

433MHz

FM

 

18:19

G3KAF

433MHz

FM

 

18:22

GW4OKT

433MHz

FM

 

18:23

G1YBB/P

433MHz

FM

 

18:26

G4AZS/P

433MHz

FM

G/WB-005

18:36

G4FZN/P

433MHz

FM

 

18:40

G0LGS/P

433MHz

FM

 

18:49

G0CDA

433MHz

FM

 

18:53

G1ZAR/P

433MHz

FM

G/CE-004

19:00

G0XBU

433MHz

SSB

 

19:02

G8REQ

433MHz

SSB

 

19:03

M0KPW/P

433MHz

SSB

 

19:05

M0ICK/P

433MHz

SSB

 

19:05

GD8EXI

433MHz

SSB

 

19:07

G8DMU/P

433MHz

SSB

 

19:09

G0UFE

433MHz

SSB

 

19:13

G4EII

433MHz

SSB

 

19:14

M1MLM

433MHz

SSB

 

19:15

M7AQX

433MHz

SSB

 

19:16

G3KAF

433MHz

SSB

 

19:16

G4FRK

433MHz

SSB

 

19:18

GI6ATZ

433MHz

SSB

 

19:19

G4CLA

433MHz

SSB

 

19:21

M0GAV/P

433MHz

SSB

 

19:23

G4AZS/P

433MHz

SSB

G/WB-005

19:23

G7WKX/P

433MHz

SSB

G/SP-017

19:25

G8DIR

433MHz

SSB

 

19:25

G0CER

433MHz

SSB

 

19:26

M0TXE

433MHz

SSB

 

19:26

G0EHG

433MHz

SSB

 

19:27

GW4ZAR

433MHz

SSB

 

19:28

M0XTC

433MHz

SSB

 

19:30

G3ZST

433MHz

SSB

 

19:32

GD0AMD/P

433MHz

SSB

 

19:33

M1DDD/P

433MHz

SSB

 

19:34

G0CNN/P

433MHz

SSB

 

19:36

G1YBB/P

433MHz

SSB

 

19:40

GW8ASD

433MHz

SSB

 

19:41

GM3SEK

433MHz

SSB

 

19:43

G8LYB

433MHz

SSB

 

19:44

M0SLO

433MHz

SSB

 

19:47

G0NZI/P

433MHz

SSB

 

19:49

G4JLG

433MHz

SSB

 

19:50

2E0MDJ/P

433MHz

SSB

 

 

Saturday 17th April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

It was very pleasing that five stations went out with the intentions of activating on SSTV this morning.  That three got it working and the other two diagnosed their issues ready for another try in the coming days has to go down as a success I feel.  The usual welcoming committe were out in force as I ascended!

Wallaby at Avona        Emus at Avona

I was very pleased to make 4 QSOs on 2m SSTV.  I am grateful to Ian @GW8OGI for his advice to use PKT mode selection on the 817 for data in FM mode (as opposed to DIG for data in SSB mode).  Switching from DIG to PKT meant that one chaser could suddenly decode me having not been able to do so despite receiving a strong signal.  Two of the SSTV QSOs were S2S which was very satisfying. 

There was a lot more S2S action to be enjoyed as well.  What with having a horizontal 2m beam in place for the VHF SSTV attempts, I hoped for a bit more activity on 2m SSB than my previous non-contest effort (zero).  It was a lovely morning, and I ended up staying two hours longer than planned, and well into the afternoon. 

The activation comprised 61 QSOs:

2m SSB: 11 QSOs

2m SSTV: 4 QSOs

20m SSB: 8 QSOs

20m CW: 4 QSOs

20m FT4: 4 QSOs

2m FM: 23 QSOs

2m FT8: 7 QSOs

SWL: 4 - G6WRW/P on G/CE-002 (2m SSTV), YO8SDF/P on YO/EC-584 (20m SSB), F4VPX/P on F/MC-183 (20m CW), OE6FEG/P on OE/ST-371 (20m CW).

S2S: 14

2m SSB:

G6WRW/P on G/CE-002

G4YTD/P on G/LD-015

GW8OGI/P on GW/NW-051

2W0BTR/P on GW/MW-002

M7LCX/P on G/SP-009

 

2m SSTV:

GW8OGI/P on GW/NW-051

MW0NLG on GW/NW-002

20m SSB:

SV1RHJ/P on SV/AT-014

IV3NGF/P on I/FV-153

EA5INS/P on EA5/CS-044

MW0UCL/P on GW/SW-007

 

20m CW:

HB9AFI/P on HB/VD-039

 

2m FM:

2E0HQS/P on G/LD-004

MW0NLG on GW/NW-002

Some SSTV images from the activation:

My CQ screen  Report to MW0NLG  73 to MW0NLG

Report from G1NPN Closing screen from GW8OGI/P Call from G6WRW/P Report from 2E0XOH

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

S2S

08:01

G6WRW/P

144MHz

SSB

G/CE-002

08:09

G4YTD/P

144MHz

SSB

G/LD-015

08:18

GW8OGI/P

144MHz

SSB

GW/NW-051

08:36

GW8OGI/P

144MHz

SSTV

GW/NW-051

09:25

G4DEE

144MHz

SSB

 

09:29

G6ZBV

144MHz

SSB

 

09:32

M0TYM

144MHz

SSB

 

10:06

SV1RHJ/P

14MHz

SSB

SV/AT-014

10:08

IV3NGF/P

14MHz

SSB

I/FV-153

10:17

EA1DHB

14MHz

SSB

 

10:17

F4WBN

14MHz

SSB

 

10:18

SA4BLM

14MHz

SSB

 

10:19

EA3HP

14MHz

SSB

 

10:20

EA5INS/P

14MHz

SSB

EA5/CS-044

10:26

2W0BTR/P

144MHz

SSB

GW/MW-002

10:29

M0MYA

144MHz

SSB

 

10:30

G3RMD

144MHz

SSB

 

10:37

M7LCX/P

144MHz

SSB

G/SP-009

10:38

GW4VPX

144MHz

SSB

 

10:42

EA7GV

14MHz

CW

 

10:43

OH3GZ

14MHz

CW

 

10:44

HB9AFI/P

14MHz

CW

HB/VD-039

10:45

EA5K

14MHz

CW

 

10:49

SP6DVP

14MHz

FT4

 

10:50

IZ2EXF

14MHz

FT4

 

10:53

IK144MHzMB

14MHz

FT4

 

10:54

IK1GPG

14MHz

FT4

 

10:58

2E0HQS/P

144MHz

FM

G/LD-004

11:02

MW0UCL/P

14MHz

SSB

GW/SW-007

11:08

GI6ATZ

144MHz

FT8

 

11:11

GD3YEO

144MHz

FT8

 

11:13

G4OBK

144MHz

FT8

 

11:19

M6UKZ

144MHz

FT8

 

11:22

G4KRN

144MHz

FT8

 

11:23

G8LIY

144MHz

FT8

 

11:25

G4ICZ

144MHz

FT8

 

11:34

MW0NLG

144MHz

FM

GW/NW-002

11:47

M6BLV

144MHz

FM

 

12:11

MW0NLG

144MHz

SSTV

GW/NW-002

12:15

G1NPN

144MHz

FM

 

12:28

G1NPN

144MHz

SSTV

 

12:36

2E0XOH

144MHz

FM

 

12:48

2E0XOH

144MHz

SSTV

 

12:57

M0SGB

144MHz

FM

 

12:58

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

12:59

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

 

12:59

2E0IXM

144MHz

FM

 

13:00

M1DYU

144MHz

FM

 

13:00

M6YCE/M

144MHz

FM

 

13:01

M7AQX/P

144MHz

FM

 

13:02

G0MHF

144MHz

FM

 

13:05

G0BUB

144MHz

FM

 

13:07

M0RSF/P

144MHz

FM

 

13:08

2E0ZAP

144MHz

FM

 

13:14

M0HGY

144MHz

FM

 

13:16

G0NED

144MHz

FM

 

13:17

M7EDZ/P

144MHz

FM

 

13:17

G0XBU

144MHz

FM

 

13:18

MX0WOF

144MHz

FM

 

13:18

M1FHM

144MHz

FM

 

13:19

2E0MVH/P

144MHz

FM

 

 

Monday 19th April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

A new working week, and I got up promptly at 6am local in order to get some SOTA in before work.  Activity was surprisingly buoyant for this early hour, and five QSOs were made from Cloud summit.  I was ahead of schedule so made the decision to also visit Gun G/SP-013 before heading into Leek.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

06:06

M1CEM/M

144MHz

FM

06:08

2W1PJE

144MHz

FM

06:09

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

06:09

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

06:10

G7WKX

144MHz

FM

 

Tuesday 20th April 2021 -  Gun G/SP-013 & The Cloud G/SP-015

A quick nip up The Cloud with a VHF handheld radio on the way home from work.  Four QSOs made.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

15:41

2E0TXE

144MHz

FM

15:45

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

15:45

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

15:46

M7TRS

144MHz

FM

 

Wednesday 21st April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

Back to the routine of activating both The Cloud G/SP-015 and Gun G/SP-013 on the way to work.  Just one 2m FM QSO on The Cloud, followed by three on Gun.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

06:32

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

Friday 23rd April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

And the same again on Friday - Cloud and Gun en route to work.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

06:31

2W0BML/M

144MHz

FM

06:33

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

06:33

2E0XYL

144MHz

FM

 

Saturday 24th April 2021 - The Cloud G/SP-015 & Gun G/SP-013

The Inaugural SOTA 2m Multimode Super Saturday

Total QSOs (all 2m): 120, including 17 S2S

2m FM: 68

2m SSTV: 4

2m FT8: 10

2m CW: 1

2m SSB: 10

2m AM: 6

2m C4FM: 21

 

2m FM S2S: 7

GW8OGI/P on GW/NW-054

G4YTD/P on G/LD-004

G6WRW/P on G/WB-004

MW1HAX/P on GW/SW-001

G2DS/P on G/SP-017

M7AQX/P on G/SP-004

M7TKL/P on G/SP-010

 

2m SSTV S2S: 3

GW8OGI/P on GW/NW-054

G4YTD/P on G/LD-004

G6WRW/P on G/WB-004

 

2m FT8 S2S: 1

G4YTD/P on G/LD-004

 

2m CW S2S: 1

G4YTD/P on G/LD-004

 

2m SSB S2S: 2

G6WRW/P on G/WB-004

G4YTD/P on G/LD-004

 

2m AM S2S: 2

G4YTD/P on G/LD-004

G6WRW/P on G/WB-004

 

2m C4FM S2S: 1

M7AQX/P on G/SP-004

 

Highlights:

  • “Qualifying” the activation with 4 QSOs on SSTV - 3 of which were S2S.

  • Making 6 QSOs on AM - 2 of which were S2S.

  • Over 20 contacts on C4FM digital voice mode.

Lowlight:

  • Only one QSO on 2m CW despite plenty of calling CQ and self-spotting.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

S2S

08:24

GW8OGI/P

144MHz

SSTV

GW/NW-054

08:39

GW8OGI/P

144MHz

FM

GW/NW-054

08:49

G4YTD/P

144MHz

FM

G/LD-004

08:53

2E0OAI

144MHz

SSTV

 

08:54

2E0OAI

144MHz

FM

 

08:58

G4YTD/P

144MHz

SSTV

G/LD-004

09:05

G6WRW/P

144MHz

FM

G/WB-004

09:12

G6WRW/P

144MHz

SSTV

G/WB-004

09:47

MW0RSS

144MHz

FT8

 

09:50

G4YTD/P

144MHz

FT8

G/LD-004

09:52

G4OBK

144MHz

FT8

 

10:00

M0MIK

144MHz

FT8

 

10:01

G0LGS

144MHz

FT8

 

10:05

G4YTD/P

144MHz

CW

G/LD-004

10:18

MW1HAX/P

144MHz

FM

GW/SW-001

10:24

G4YTD/P

144MHz

AM

G/LD-004

10:26

G4YTD/P

144MHz

SSB

G/LD-004

10:31

G6WRW/P

144MHz

SSB

G/WB-004

10:33

G6WRW/P

144MHz

AM

G/WB-004

10:39

G3UDA

144MHz

SSB

 

10:42

2E0PXW

144MHz

SSB

 

10:44

2E0UFS

144MHz

SSB

 

10:58

2E0DIJ

144MHz

FM

 

11:00

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

11:00

2E0LMD

144MHz

FM

 

11:01

2W1PJE

144MHz

FM

 

11:03

G7MVV

144MHz

FM

 

11:04

2E0RYR

144MHz

FM

 

11:05

G0MHF

144MHz

FM

 

11:07

G1PHN

144MHz

FM

 

11:10

M0RCC/M

144MHz

FM

 

11:11

M0NVJ

144MHz

FM

 

11:13

2E0IXM/M

144MHz

FM

 

11:15

G4GVE

144MHz

FM

 

11:16

2E0JCM/M

144MHz

FM

 

11:16

G8XYJ

144MHz

FM

 

11:17

MX0WOF

144MHz

FM

 

11:18

2E0BCJ

144MHz

FM

 

11:20

M0YDH/M

144MHz

FM

 

11:21

M7EDZ/P

144MHz

FM

 

11:22

2E0FWA

144MHz

FM

 

11:31

2E0TXT

144MHz

C4FM

 

11:34

M7MCQ

144MHz

C4FM

 

11:39

2E0FRS

144MHz

FM

 

11:41

M0VWT/M

144MHz

FM

 

11:42

M7MCG

144MHz

FM

 

11:44

G2DS/M

144MHz