Studland and Godlingston Heath
Avoiding rush-hour traffic ahead of a visit to a supplier in nearby Wareham gave me the excuse to have an early morning play… and with an eye on my WAB square requirements, GFF-105 in SZ08 was an obvious location.
This also offered the potential of three NATS references too.
About Studland & Godlingston Heath
Forming the southern arm of the entrance to Poole Harbour, Studland and Godlingston Heath NNR has one of the largest tracts of lowland heathland in the UK. It has a large freshwater lake and a sand dune system.
As the site is managed by the National Trust, this had the additional advantage that I could use the car park for free.
At the northernmost point of the peninsula (and just outside of the protected area) is the terminal for the chain-ferry to Poole.
My activation point was on the sand dunes, so approx 250m from the furthest of the three NATS.
Guarding the spit are two navigation beacons, A0504 and A0504.1
These are supported by an occasional beacon A0504.2 on the harbour control radar mast, which for some unknown reason my attempt to photograph was unsuccessful!
I was QRV ten minutes earlier than planned, at 06:20utc, and started as usual on 40m.
Start on 40m
The WWFF frequency on 7.144MHz was in use, so I called CQ on 7.148MHz… a couple of stations made the log before I was swamped by a station that came up over the top of me. After a QSY to the WAB frequency of 7.160MHz and a quick self-spot, I settled down to work a stead pile-up over the next hour, before contacts dried up.
Counting back, I discovered I’d made exactly 44 QSOs on 40m from 11 DXCCs… and six WAB bookholders (2 G and 4 overseas).
Up to 20m
Moving up to 20m found 14.244MHz free… a self-spot brought in the expected pile-up, and a further 65 call-signs (from 24 DXCCs) went into the log over the next hour or so.
Back down to 40m
Dropping back down to 40m found Babs DF0DLFF on 7.144MHz calling from DLFF-045… but despite my best efforts, I was not able to break her pileup.
Further up the band, I worked Davy MI0IRZ running MN0VFM on 7.156MHz ahead of Marconi Weekend, and found Wieslaw DL/EI4JT on 7.160MHz – after we exchanged reports I was joined by ON2WAB, and Wieslaw kindly left us the frequency.
No further WWFF chasers called in, and with the time approaching 10:00bst (09:00) it was time for me to move off to my meeting… the WAB net was beginning to congregate so I worked the joiners before handing over to Geoff G0GWY and made my moves…
While all contacts are appreciated, I have to highlight three…
- 4Z5AV – other than WWFF regular Malik 4X4JU, my contacts into Israel are very few and far between, so thanks to Michael for calling in.
- JW/8S5A – having spent ages recently, trying to break a pileup to gain my first ever JW in the log, I smiled ruefully when Kjell called into mine…
- VK2CPC – they come rarely enough, so the sound of Victor Kilo breaking through the wall of callers is the highlight of any activation. Thanks Les.
In total, 116 QSOs were made, from 29 DXCCs. Thanks to all hunters!
My log will be uploaded to:
I am not planning a special QSL card for this activity; my normal 2E0GFF card will be used. QSL via the bureau is preferred.
On leaving GFF-105 (SZ08) I worked through SZ07, SY97 and SY98 – all three of these squares are within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and therefore valid for GFF-251.
Setting off slightly later than planned, I found a good net waiting – although conditions were far from ideal. First ticking off Dave G0FVH’s home-square SY99, I then proceeded down to Lulworth Cove, taking in SY88, SY87 and SY78 (within the Dorset AONB).
An error of navigation took me the wrong way fora while, but I added SY79 and SY89 before doubling back to tick off ST70 before picking up the A354 in ST80 for the trek home.
As weather and band conditions closed in, and with a diminishing net, the rest of the run was done at speed: ST90, ST91, SU01, SU02, SU12 through Salisbury, SU13, picking up the A343 into SU23, SU33 and SU34 with a little detour at Middle Wallop to grap SU24.
By now, I was into “regular haunt” territory, and while I called out the squares along the A303 and M3 home, these were not needed.
- Eight all-time new squares activated: SZ08, SZ07, SY97, SY98, SY88, SY87, SY78 and SY89
- A further fourteen squares, plus three new large squares (SZ, SY and ST), newly activated for 2014
- All requirements now completed for the Sapphire Award – Ruby Level
Thanks to all collectors.