One of the Best – SOTA Activation of Shining Tor 3

View from Shining Tor

View from Shining Tor

This was my second and final summit of the day (15th August) in the Peak District after activating Kinder Scout (G/SP-001) earlier in the day. Me and the YL arrived at the Cat & Fiddle pub car park at about 7pm, with the intention of a short walk and activation on Shining Tor before grabbing a well earned meal and ale at the pub.

This was our second attempt of the weekend to get to this summit, we had tried the previous day only to be greeted by such thick mist that we couldn’t see from one side of the road to the other! We had fortunately put the activation on ice and the visibility on this day was superb.

Summit Factfile

G/SP-004 – Shining Tor – 559m, 2 points
Latitude: 53 15 38 N, Longitude: 2 0 33 W
Grid Reference: SJ 994737, QTH Locator: IO83XG
Parking: Across the road from the Cat & Fiddle Pub (SK11 0AR – N53:14:31, W1:59:50)
Trig: TP5950 – Shining Tor
Walk: The ascent is a lovely walk which takes about 30 minutes along a well sign posted footpath – one of the most popular summits on the scheme!
VHF: 11,687 QSO’s on 2m!!

The walk up was lovely and took about 25 minutes at a relaxed pace, the clouds were breaking in a few places to reveal the start of a great sunset over nearby Macclesfield, Stockport and Manchester.

On arrival at the summit we understood why previous SOTA activators rave about this one, it truly it a great view from the Trigpoint over onto the cities from the edge of the Peak District.

Author at the Trigpoint

Author at the Trigpoint

View from Shining Tor

View from Shining Tor

View from Shining Tor

View from Shining Tor

The Equipment

The Yaesu FT-270 handheld and SOTABeams 2m MFD dipole were quickly deployed for the second time today, using the nearby stone wall as a handy antenna support.

I operated near the Trigpoint (TP5950) so I could also claim this for the WAB Trigpoint award.

The author mid-QSO

The author mid-QSO – note the dry stone wall making for a handy antenna support!

The QSOs

After spotting myself, I started calling on 145.450 MHz and I quickly discovered this is a very good VHF spot indeed. The contacts came in thick and fast and I quickly had my first ever 2m FM pileup on my hands!

Brian G0JCQ in Southport was the first in the log and to be honest I couldn’t believe how similar his call was to mine (M0JCQ). We had a bit of a chat and he also told me he knows of a G7JCQ in Liverpool. That’s 5 UK calls ending in JCQ (as I have M6JCQ and 2E0JCQ as well)!

After this it was non-stop with station after station. I’ve experienced numerous pile ups on HF SSB on other SOTA activations but never on 2m FM. I discovered one of the big differences; on SSB you hear all stations in a cacophony of noise but on FM you hear only the loudest station! This was unexpected and saw me having half copied a station, only for a stronger one to come along and blot the first one out! I’m sure this has a technical term but I’m new to FM!

Highlights were working two YL’s; Anne 2E0LMD and Dorothy G4VYP, both the better halves of Peter 2E0LKC and Brian G0JCQ respectively, who I had worked a little earlier.

Sunset SOTA Activation - Gorgeous!

Sunset SOTA Activation – Gorgeous!


I thought about packing up as I had easily activated the summit and thought my YL might be getting fed up, but she was happy for me to continue as she was enjoying the sunset.

It was nice to get Rob G0HRT in the log on VHF for once, I have worked him many times on 40m but this was a first on VHF and in FM quality.
Before calling it a day I managed to have a QSO with one of my Twitter followers Dave M6RUG (@ThorpeDave) which was a nice way to end a really nice activation.
After this me and the YL decided to head back down to the Cat & Fiddle for some food and drink. Pie & Ale was definitely on the cards until on arrival we found they had closed for the night at 8:40pm on a Saturday night! We were gutted! In a rush to beat the standard “no food after 9pm” rule, we rushed towards Buxton in the car and just about managed to get a pie order in at The Duke of York pub with 4 minutes to spare!
I’m sure we’ll be back onto this summit at some point and will get that pie and ale from the Cat & Fiddle!
Time Call Band Mode Notes
18:39z G0JCQ 144MHz FM  Brian – Southport
18:41z M0XOC 144MHz FM  Mike – Wigan
18:43z M6AIF 144MHz FM Kieron – Wigan
18:45z 2E0LKC 144MHz FM Peter – Stockport
18:47z 2E0LMD 144MHz FM Anne – Stockport
18:50z G8ALB 144MHz FM Mike – Birkenhead
18:52z G4VYP 144MHz FM Dorothy – Southport
18:55z G0HRT 144MHz FM  Rob – Southport
18:59z G3ZHE 144MHz FM  Al – Warrington
19:03z M6RUG 144MHz FM Dave – Crewe


Sunset at Shining Tor

Sunset at Shining Tor

3 thoughts on “One of the Best – SOTA Activation of Shining Tor

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  2. Reply Paul Strickland 2E0CPX Sep 25,2021 21:42

    The Cat and the Fiddle Pub is now under new ownership, which has created a whisky distillery on-site as well as a Pub. However, they have been increasingly fed up with walkers using their car park for free who don’t spend money in the pub and have turned the car park over to a private car parking company. Even if you are a customer having a pint and a meal won’t allow you time to walk up the summit, do an activation and get back down again in time, Customers are already bemoaning getting parking tickets for being over the time allowance for parking! The Cat and Fiddle road is one of the most dangerous in the UK so care must be taken parking on the side of the road. Use an OS map and do research, there are alternative routes but expect to walk further!

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