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Walton Hill CE-002

 

Walton Hill, G/CE-002 - 315m ASL - SO 942 798 - OS Explorer 219 - 1 SOTA point         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Thursday 9th May 2019 - Walton Hill G/CE-002

Gig: Joe Longthorne

Venue: Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-Mare

 

Start of walk        Initial path out of car park

In the original tour schedule, we should have been at Torquay and Barnstaple this week too, but they both got rearranged.  A pity, as I was really looking forward to spending some days on Exmoor, one of my very favourite areas for SOTA.  Beacon Batch G/SC-003 would be convenient though, or even the horrible Dundry Down G/SC-010.  Then the guitarist asks if he can meet me at Droitwich and travel together from there!  Thus the SOTA options reduced again in both variety and appeal and the standard for going anywhere on the M5 it had to be. The Clent Hills, just off Junction 3. 

Tom M1EYP        Summit trig on Walton Hill

Chucking it down with rain as I arrived at the parking spot on Walton Hill Lane, so hung around in the car for a while before putting on the full waterproofs.  Easy stroll to the summit, where the rain eased off.  Seven stations worked on 2m FM commencing with MT colleague Brian G8ADD, and concluding with a S2S with M0KEA/P on Kinder Scout G/SP-001

Yaesu FT70D        Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-Mare

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

11:59z

G8ADD

144MHz

FM

 

12:02z

2E0MDJ

144MHz

FM

 

12:06z

M6OWP

144MHz

FM

 

12:09z

2E0AAG/M

144MHz

FM

 

12:13z

M0NTC

144MHz

FM

 

12:15z

2E0TNX

144MHz

FM

 

12:18z

M0KEA/P

144MHz

FM

G/SP-001

 

Saturday 15th June 2019 - Walton Hill G/CE-002

Gig: Joe Longthorne

Venue: Alban Arena, St Albans

I awoke in my digs in West Bromwich to a text from the bandleader asking me to pick him up from his digs at 1pm, where breakfast would be waiting for me.  There wouldn’t be time to score any new activator points for 2019 within that time window, but I was content to do a repeat activation of the most local summit - Walton Hill G/CE-002 in the nearby Clent Hills. 

Walton Hill   Walton Hill   Tom M1EYP

It was a damp misty morning as I parked up and set off along the muddy trail.  The summit was achieved within ten minutes; it is a very short walk.  I set up the 30m groundplane antenna.  I was in and out of the bothy bag frequently as light - and thankfully brief showers came and went.  Interestingly, the 21 QSOs I made were split exactly evenly - 7 each on 30m FT8, 30m CW and 2m FM.

Plush dressing room at the theatre!        Some good turns on before us it seems!

I then met the bandleader for breakfast as arranged and we drove down to St Albans for that night’s gig.  It was a great gig too. I’d never played in that theatre before but it was an amazing venue, really unusual, and with fabulous acoustics.  I was amused to find that a certain Eric and Ernie had previously inhabited the same dressing room!  As usual, I tried to make it back straight after the show, and as usual I got as far as the A50 between Derby and Stoke before needing to take a nap!  I got back at 4am in the end!

Stage set        Nice theatre

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

09:32z

DL9SCL

10MHz

FT8

 

09:35z

IK2LEY

10MHz

FT8

 

09:38z

KA1R

10MHz

FT8

 

09:41z

DK3WN

10MHz

FT8

 

09:46z

DK9JQ

10MHz

FT8

 

09:52z

IU4FKS

10MHz

FT8

 

09:55z

DB3JK

10MHz

FT8

 

10:03z

SM3CIQ

10MHz

CW

 

10:04z

HB9BIN/P

10MHz

CW

HB/NW-015

10:09z

S52ON

10MHz

CW

 

10:14z

LY2BNL

10MHz

CW

 

10:15z

DC1NSK

10MHz

CW

 

10:16z

DM2BKB

10MHz

CW

 

10:19z

HB9CLT

10MHz

CW

 

10:42z

2E1ICK/P

144MHz

FM

 

10:48z

2E0MDJ

144MHz

FM

 

10:49z

G0LGS

144MHz

FM

 

10:55z

M7AEG

144MHz

FM

 

10:59z

2E0PS

144MHz

FM

 

11:01z

G0CER/M

144MHz

FM

 

11:02z

2E1GOP

144MHz

FM

 

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