Wednesday 26 October 2016
Today we were going to Keswick for an evening show at the Theatre by the Lake. As a result are plan was to spend the day around Kendal relaxing. This meant the chance for another activation first thing in the morning. The target for today was Arnside Knott which was about 25 minutes drive from the hotel. Leaving the hotel at 7.30am I headed south on the A6 for Arnside and then took the road up to the National Trust Car Park, sign posted ‘The Knott’ (SD 449774).
FT-817 5 Watts, 4.2Ah LiFePO4, 60m/40m/20m linked dipole, 7m sotapole and a palm paddle, VX-8 plus RSS 2M dipole.
Arnside Knott G/LD-058
Back tracking down the road from the car park about 50 metres there is an obvious track leading up the hill on the right hand side. Follow the track until you come to an observation point, from here follow the track to the left through an open gate way on the wooded summit plateau. Head in a NEerly direction along the obvious track until you reach a seat looking north towards the Lakeland Fells. A path heading SE takes you a few further feet to the trig point. Returning to the observation seat I set up the station and realised that I had left my phone in the hotel so couldn’t self spot so just put out a call on 7.032 MHz and hoped for the best. Distance 0.5 miles, Ascent 245 feet, Time Taken 15 minutes.
Two stations responded in fairly quick order, both with good reports which was surprising because when I had gone to bed the night before the K-index was 6! The second station I worked also spotted me so a big thanks to IX1IHR. Then the sky broke big time! After calling for another 20 minutes without response I tuned around the band to find it dead, not a sausage! Then on returning to my original frequency the band lifted again for about 10 minutes – long enough to work 3 further stations and qualify the hill.
The journey back to the car was the reverse of the walk up and very straight forward as was the drive back to the hotel where I was in time to join Mandi for breakfast.