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Winter Hill 2007


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Macclesfield Town were away at a pre-season friendly versus Southport. Marianne was sleeping ahead of a night-shift. Jimmy said "We could go to that Dad, and activate Billinge Hill on the way". "And Winter Hill on the way back" I replied. And so we did.

That's about it really. Nothing much more to report. Both activations completed handheld style to keep summit time necessarily short in order to catch the match/get home at a reasonable hour.

Winter Hill

The activations were nice, and completed in good weather. I later discovered that Ian BRS188236 had achieved his SWL Shack Sloth by listening to Jimmy's activation of Billinge Hill. Despite the lack of 'proper' radio and aerial, plenty of contacts were made, and no major problems were experienced from the masts on the two summits. The football match was dire, with Macclesfield turning in a dreadful and insipid display, and getting turned over 2-0 by their non-League counterparts. However, the buffet Chinese meal on the road out of Southport was very enjoyable.

Thanks to the following stations, all worked on 2m FM with 2.5 watts:

GW0DSP Connahs Quay Mike J, T
G4BLH Brierfield Mike J, T
M3GHI Winton John J
M3PXW Ellesmere Port Barry J, T
2E1WNA Wigan Ian T
2E0NHM Warton Nigel T
2E0HJD Clitheroe Mick T
M1DHA Barnoldswick Alan T