On Friday I took advantage of excellent weather for the last day of October and activated the SOTA summit of Leith Hill (G/SE-002) down in the Surrey Hills. I once again decided to make a ramble out of it and walked from the nearest train station in Holmwood. I followed this walk by the Saturday Walking Club.
The walk was surprisingly hard work, initially starting out through boggy and muddy fields before heading steeply uphill to the summit. One particularly steep ascent resulted in less walking but more scrambling (described in the walking descriptions as a grade 1 to 3 scramble – not sure what that means but it was bloody hard!) up a damp and leaf sodden hill side…. The route back down resulted in semi controlled sliding!
Here are a few pictures from the walk and the summit itself:
The Activation Point
Finding a suitable activation point was a little tricky as this is a really busy summit with many people around. Instead of activating near the tower I walked over to a woody area with an opening. It had just enough space to put up my linked dipole up for 40/60/80m. It was also quiet in terms of walkers and boisterous children.
Setting up was easy enough, especially with the sugar boost from the lemonade! Soon I had spotted myself on 40m and I was in action!
See the video of the activation setup:
After 40m dried up I tried 60m but conditions proved to be poor with a surprising amount of noise on the band, I managed to make 5 QSO’s here before packing up for the day.
Highlights were a Summit to Summit contact with GW6OVD/P on Mynydd y Lan (GW/SW-024) and two contacts with lady operators. Here’s the full log (thanks to all the chasers!):
|14:47z||GW6OVD/P||7MHz||SSB||S2S GW/SW-024 (Mynydd y Lan)|
The sun was just setting as I was leaving the hill, but i managed to grab this nice panoramic shot before setting off…
The operating was leisurely and enjoyable with some good contacts, it was also nice to work some of the regular chasers again. As we head into winter I’m not too sure how many more activations I’ll manage this year but this sun drenched autumn day will remain in my memory for a while.