Chasing from Silloth

I’d planned to have a couple of days on the hills for the LD weekend. Most likely take a comfortable set-up and squat on a submit each day. Did not come to pass, so I did my best in whilst in Silloth for the Solway Coast Cycling Festival. Both boys were racing grass track.

If you don’t know much about grass track racing, it’s as the name suggest, racing bikes on a grass track. The bikes are fixed wheel with no brakes and can be rather exciting, or terrifying, depending on your point of view. Once we arrived in Silloth, I set up the station for the day, and in between duties and cheering, did my best to chase as many activators as possible.

I deployed my FTM-7250D, roach pole and flowerpot antenna attached to the side of the gazebo. It worked well and one 4Ah Drill Battery did the business. Summary of contacts today.

Time Summit SOTA WOTA Call Name Notes
09h20 Bowscales LDW-087 G4WHA/P Geoff 53/53
09h20 Bowscales LDW-087 2E0LDF/P Reg 53/53
09h30 Binsey G/LD-041 LDW-190 G0AZA/P Ester 53
09h30 Binsey G/LD-041 LDW-190 G0AZB/P Ian 53
09h45 Grisedale Pike G/LD-015 LDW-040 G4IPB/P Paul and Woody 56/57
10h10 Scafell Pike G/LD-001 LDW-001 G6WBS/P Shane 42
10h12 Bannerdale Crags LDW-096 G4WHA/P Geoff 53/57
10h12 Bannerdale Crags LDW-096 2E0LDF/P Reg 54/57
10h28 Cross Fell G/NP-001 G0EVV/P David 53/59
10h58 Dent G/LD-045 LDO-059 2E0MIX/P Derek 55/57
Cold Fell M7MVD Dave 54/59
12h00 Blencathra G/LD-008 LDW-014 G4WHA/P Geoff 59/59
12h00 Blencathra G/LD-008 LDW-014 2E0LDF/P Reg 59/59
12h09 Helvellyn G/LD-003 LDW-003 M0JKS/P Dave 57/57
12h25 Seatallan G/LD-025 LDW-093 G6PJZ/P Andy 56/56
12h35 See Morris Hill GM/SS-274 MM6BWA/P Viki 59/59 70cm
15h45 Bennan GM/SS-224 MM6BWA/P Viki 59/59 70cm
16h00 Blencathra G/LD-008 LDW-014 G0AZB/P Ian 59/59 2m
16h05 Blencathra G/LD-008 LDW-014 G0AZB/P Ian 59/59 70cm

See what I can manage to chase tomorrow. Link to Photos from the cycling today.


Steve - good result for you anyway: two birds (bike duties and radio), one stone. Your log is similar to mine for the day (but you have more contacts). Silloth is easily as good as Brigham for contacting WOTA tops. Although it’s further away, it’s probably less obstructed by nearby terrain. And that decent antenna setup of yours will have helped. Let’s see what 12 September brings… 73, Phil

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Thanks Phil,

Did not do nearly as well today, but did get a rare HF contact with @M0NOM on 80m. It’s not often I plug the antenna in. To be fair, I’ve not plugged any antennas in at home for a few weeks - my confusion ended when I noticed - just thought I was being ignored! lol

Congrats of the 214 - I expect I may well take even longer to get them all ticked off.

I did not do nearly as well to day for chasing.



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