Activation Report: Crayke Castle (Howardian Hills)

On the 12th February 1993 my father died.  So with the anniversary in mind, on the 11th February I headed north to be with my mother.

The journey itself was not without event, as a lorry reversed into the front of my car, causing some minor damage – but more positively, 40 WAB squares were activated.

About the Howardian Hills

092On the 13th I headed home… but the opportunity to activate one of the newly assigned references was too good to miss – the nearby Howardian Hills – at Crayke Castle.

The Howardian Hills (designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) cover 204 sq km (79 sq miles) of the North Yorkshire countryside, nestled between the North York Moors National Park, the Yorkshire Wolds and the Vale of York.

Nestling on the western edge is Crayke Castle, which has an uncertain origin…

Activation Details

Wednesday 13th February 2013 0800utc – 1000utc


Within the amateur radio world it is valid for the following:

  • Flora Fauna: GFF-254 (Howardian Hills AONB)
  • CASHOTA: G-388 (Crayke Castle)
  • Worked All Britain: SE57


Arriving at the planned location, I set up and scanned the bands.  Forty meters was not in good shape, so I settled on 20m.

First in the log was Chris VK3BUZ with a 5/5 received, and we had a pleasant chat about the castle.  Thereafter, a steady flow of contacts followed – mostly European, but also including a number of Asiatic Russian stations, and notably Kyoyo JA8RJE.

Switching down the bands yielded no takers on 17m or 15m, so I briefly returned to 20m, then up to 40m, where I worked a small number of WWFF hunters, before joining the WAB net, ready for my journey south.

In total, 57 stations were logged: 10 on 40m and 47 on 20m

WAB Activity

Initially, 40m was hard work, but conditions slowly improved…  and a total of 46 WAB Squares activated.  Thanks for the company guys!

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