Birthday SOTA Activation of Kinder Scout (G/SP-001) 2

View from Ridge

View from Ridge

Me and The YL went up to the Peak District to celebrate my birthday. Inevitably I ended up doing two activations on the Saturday (this one and Shining Tor), while mostly out for a nice long walk.

I only took a 2m FM equipment, utilising my trusty Yaesu FT-270 with the SOTABeams MFD dipole, making for a lightweight and ultimately rapid deployment setup that suited a day more focused on walking than radio!

Kinder Scout is the highest point in the Peak District and accordingly is worth 4 SOTA points.

Summit Vitals

G/SP-001 – Kinder Scout – 636m, 4 points
Latitude: 53 23 5 N, Longitude: 1 52 26 W
Grid Reference: SK 084875, QTH Locator: IO93BJ
Parking: In the village of Hayfield at the old train station
Walk: We followed ‘Walk 27 – Kinder Low’ in our Pathfinder Guide to the Peak District – took us about 6 hours to complete the circular walk
Trig: TP4216 – Kinder Low
WAB: SK08

The Activation

We set off from the village of Hayfield at 11pm and arrived at the summit by 3pm. The summit isn’t really too distinct, it’s quite flat once you get up onto the ridge, but the highest point is denoted by the trigpoint (WAB TP4216) and some large scattered boulders.
YL Walking Along the Ridge

YL Walking Along the Ridge

Me at the Trigpoint

Me at the Trigpoint

We arrived at 3pm and so there were a fair few walkers about. I decided to set up a little distance away from the trigpoint and walkers.
I found a rock to perch on and got setup for a 2m activation while the YL ate some lunch:
Perched like an Elf - My 2m Operating Position

Perched like an Elf – My 2m Operating Position

The 2m SOTABeams Dipole Doing the Business Again

The 2m SOTABeams Dipole Doing the Business Again

After spotting myself the calls came in quite quickly up here. Mark M6MGO/p was the first in the log, calling me on a handheld from Newcastle! Over the next 9 minutes I managed 5 QSOs to comfortably activate the summit.
After this I packed up, as the YL was tucking into dessert and I risked having nothing for lunch.
We walked for another 2 hours back to our startpoint of Hayfield and then drove to Shining Tor for an evening activation.
Time Call Band Mode Notes
14:15z M6MGO/P 144MHz FM Newcastle
14:17z 2W0JYN 144MHz FM Wrexham
14:18z MW6SHJ 144MHz FM Wrexham
14:20z M3PQX 144MHz FM Bolsover
14:24z M0KEF 144MHz FM  Derby
View Back Down into the Valley

View Back Down into the Valley

2 thoughts on “Birthday SOTA Activation of Kinder Scout (G/SP-001)

  1. Reply Robert - DL3RR Oct 31,2015 08:20

    A belated happy birthday! That’s a nice part of the country.

    • Reply James Stevens Nov 2,2015 09:22

      Thanks Robert, that summer’s day seems like a distant memory now we’re heading towards winter 🙂

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