Sunday, 15 December 2013

GW/MW-004 & 005


Summit Information for GW/MW-004
Pen y Garn - 610m, 4 points
Association: Wales  Region: Mid Wales   
Latitude: 52 22 43 N, Longitude: 3 46 2 W
Grid Reference: SN 798771, QTH Locator: IO82CJ 
Today's Sunrise: 08:17 UTC, Today's Sunset: 16:03 UTC


Today I am revisiting Pen Y Garn (GW/MW-004) and wanted to try a different  route to the summit. Starting from the very narrow B road at SN 791-753 I headed north east for a short distance then soon after passing the derelict buildings I headed north west following the fence line for a few hundred meters.
I joined the main track at SN 788-757 and followed this all the way to the summit, some 3 kilometers away.
Its quite a gradual climb most for the most part, as the track zigzags  its way up the mountain following the eastern edge of the forestry.
At the summit there is a well constructed cairn where I set up and sheltered from the very strong winds. 
Visibility had been fairly good until now but it wasn't long before the mist closed in and it was hard to see more than 20 meters.  After struggling for quite some time trying to get the mast up in between the strong gusts, I eventually settled down for my first activation of the day.  



























Date:15/Dec/2013 Summit:GW/MW-004 (Pen y Garn) Call Used:GW6OVD/P 
TimeCallBandModeNotes
11:00zGW8LJJ5MHzSSBDerek
11:04zG6LUZ5MHzSSBSteve
11:05zM0MDA5MHzSSBMick
11:06zG6ODU5MHzSSBRob
11:07zG3YPQ5MHzSSBPhil
11:08zG0RQL5MHzSSBDon
11:10zMRW6LMI5MHzSSBRichard
11:10zM0JLA5MHzSSBRod
11:12zG8VNW5MHzSSBNick
11:13zGW1YQM5MHzSSBRichard
11:14zG0LGS5MHzSSBStewart





Summit Information for GW/MW-005
Llan Ddu Fawr - 594m, 2 points
Association: Wales  Region: Mid Wales   
Latitude: 52 19 5 N, Longitude: 3 46 36 W
Grid Reference: SN 790704, QTH Locator: IO82CH 
Today's Sunrise: 08:16 UTC, Today's Sunset: 16:04 UTC 


For my second activation activation I drove to SN 784-683 which is less than 7 kilometers as the crow flies, but by road took around 35 minutes.  I parked by the cattle grid overlooking Llyn Teifi res. and could see the vehicle track slightly further along the road heading in the right direction.  After followed the track for a few hundred meters it became very vague so I then followed the fence for a kilometer or so until it headed west.  I continued on north towards the summit but soon found myself trudging through ankle deep mud and progress slowed considerably. On the horizon I could could just about make out the silhouette of what I thought might be the trig point, but it turned out to be one of the many concrete post dotted around this area.
The actual trig point I was to discover, lies inside the dry stone cairn at the summit.
Soon after I had set up and made my first contact it started to rain heavily and combined with the strong wind, keeping the radio and log dry became very difficult.  This was to be my 100th SOTA activation, and there was no way I was leaving that summit until I had enough contacts in the log to qualify.  After making a further six I decider to call it a day.  All in all, an odd sort of day, one minute you could see for miles, the next, just a few meters.  Its at times like this GPS comes into its own, and if I ever revisit this one, I'll certainly be digging out my wellies!  By the time I got back to the car I was a little damp to say the least, and after a nice hot cup of coffee started the long drive home.  
73, and  thanks to everyone who helped with today's activation's of  Pen y Garn and Llan Ddu Fawr

Mal (GW6OVD/P)






Date:15/Dec/2013 Summit:GW/MW-005 (Llan Ddu Fawr) Call Used:GW6OVD/P 

TimeCallBandModeNotes
13:19zG0TDM5MHzSSBJohn
13:40zG0BNJ5MHzSSBBernard
13:42zG8VNW5MHzSSBNick
13:43zG6ODU5MHzSSBRob
13:48zM0MDA5MHzSSBMick
13:48zG6OUZ5MHzSSBSteve
13:50zG0SUF5MHzSSBSimon

Monday, 9 December 2013

GW/MW-010

Summit Information for GW/MW-010
Gwaunceste Hill - 542m, 2 points
Association: Wales  Region: Mid Wales   
Latitude: 52 11 28 N, Longitude: 3 13 59 W
Grid Reference: SO 158555, QTH Locator: IO82JE 
Today's Sunrise: 08:08 UTC, Today's Sunset: 16:02 UTC 

The starting point for today's activation was SO 165-534 where there is enough room to park a couple of cars but the access roads leave a lot to be desired.  From here its about 2.3k to the summit with just 146M of ascent.  There is a pretty obvious vehicle track heading off in the right general direction so I followed this most of the way up the gentle gradient.  As you reach the last of the trees at SO 162-546 the track becomes a little vague and the gradient becomes steeper.  At some points along the way I passed through areas of knee deep heather which combined with the gradient made progress rather slow.
At the summit there is room for whatever antennas you may wish to use, in this case I just used my 60/40 inverted V.  Unfortunately this had to be a quick activation as I had promised to be at my granddaughters  Christmas concert shortly after lunch so I decided to just work 5Mhz.
Steve, (G6LUZ) was kind enough to spot me on my second contact and within 25 minutes I was all done.  After working Allan, (GW4VPX) summit to summit, I left him with the frequency and was off down the hill to enjoy the afternoons festivities.
Many thanks to all chasers for all your continued support.
73
Mal  (GW6OVD/P)








Date:09/Dec/2013 Summit:GW/MW-010 (Gwaunceste Hill) Call Used:GW6OVD/P 
TimeCallBandModeNotes
10:34zG4JJS5MHzSSBSimon
10:40zG6LUZ5MHzSSBSteve
10:41zGW6DGU5MHzSSBRoy
10:44zG0RQL5MHzSSBDon
10:46zM0IML5MHzSSBBarry
10:47zM0MDA5MHzSSBMichael
10:48zG0TRB5MHzSSBRoger
10:48zGI4ONL5MHzSSBVictor
10:48zM0JLA5MHzSSBRod
10:50zG6ODU5MHzSSBBob
10:51zG4AFI5MHzSSBAndrew
10:52zG8VNW5MHzSSBNick
10:53zG4FGJ5MHzSSBGordon
10:53zGW8OGI5MHzSSBIan
10:55zM0COP5MHzSSBPeter
10:57zG4JCL5MHzSSBDerek
10:59zM0XCH5MHzSSBClive
11:00zGW4VPX5MHzSSBAllan S2S GW/MW-011










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Monday, 2 December 2013

GW/MW-013, WB 3,5,2 & 4

Sunday 1st December 2013

Today's Activations

 GW/MW-013
Corndon Hill - 513m, 2 points
Association: Wales  Region: Mid Wales   
Latitude: 52 33 55 N, Longitude: 3 1 31 W
Grid Reference: SO 306969, QTH Locator: IO82LN 
Today's Sunrise: 08:00 UTC, Today's Sunset: 16:02 UTC 

Our 214 mile road trip began at 06.45 from my home at Hirwaun, and after loading up the car, Phil MW0PJJ and I set off on the 2 hour drive to our first summit of the day, Corndon Hill.
By the time we neared Kington it was getting light and the remainder of the trip seemed to pass very quickly.  As we drove through White Grit we could see the trig point at the top of Corndon Hill and it didn't seem very far away, but we were soon to find out it was quite a challenging climb.
As we are now into December, daylight was in short supply so we needed to be off the last summit soon after 4.00pm.  Unfortunately this meant that our time at each summit was very restricted.
At the summit there is a wooden bench where we rested to catch our breath for a few moments before setting up for the activation.  We had decided that we were going to activate all 5 summits today on VHF only, and it soon became clear that this had been a good choice.  All 5 summits are very good VHF sites and by 09.30 our first activation was complete.






At our second summit of the day Stiperstones (G/WB-003) we found ample parking at 
SO 369 976.  There is a clearly defined path which is not too steep but does get a little tricky under foot as you approach the summit.  After setting up just a single call produced more than enough contacts to bag our second summit, so after taking a few photos we started our way back down to the car.






















After a short drive we arrived at summit no.3  Pole Bank (G/WB-005) and parked in the lay-by at 
SO 417 942.  After scaling the bank at the back of the lay-by we saw a narrow, but clearly defined path through the deep heather directly to the summit.  With just 20m of ascent, the walk takes less than 5 minutes which allowed us to claw back a little time.  This one is very popular with walkers who seemed very curious as to what we were doing with a 8m fishing pole at the top of a mountain.  
Again our activation was completed in under 20 minutes and we were off car to the car for a well earned cup of coffee and a bite to eat.






















After a little lunch we set off down the narrow country lanes for Brown Clee Hill (G/WB-002)
For our ascent of Brown Clee Hill we parked at SO585-868 at the start of the bridal path but there was only enough room for 1 car.  The path starts off quite steeply and  a little muddy under foot. By the time we reached the first bend at SO 590 862 visibility had reduced to about 30m as the mist descended.  We headed north east from here and it became even wetter under foot, but the gradient eased off significantly.
Although the summit was excellent for VHF we experienced very bad qrm from the nearby mast throughout our activation, making anything less than a S9 signal very difficult to work.  







We arrived at the car park at our final summit, Titterstone Clee Hill at around 15.35 and quickly made our way to the summit as the light was starting to fail.  Again we found ourselves close to some impressive looking equipment which we were later told was for the radar at Birmingham Airport.  Fortunately we suffered no interference as on the previous summit, and managed to activate just as darkness fell.  Phil and I would like to thank all who helped with our five activation's today, and to apologize to those who we were unable to work due to our strict time restraints.
73
Mal (GW6OVD)







Friday, 22 November 2013

GW/MW-016

Summit Information for GW/MW-016
Pen y Garn-goch - 487m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: Mid Wales   
Latitude: 52 8 19 N, Longitude: 3 37 55 W
Grid Reference: SN 884502, QTH Locator: IO82ED 
Today's Sunrise: 07:46 UTC, Today's Sunset: 16:15 UTC 

Joint activation with Allan GW4VPX & Mal GW6OVD

For today's activation of Pen Y Garn-goch I was joined for the first time by Allan, (GW4VPX). 
We left the main road (A483) and took the narrow lane north west to Bwlchmawr Farm 
SN 893 508 where the lane heads south west.  After about 600M we came to the forestry track on the right, and followed this as it zig zagged up the mountain towards the summit.  Eventually we came to a clearing at SN-885-502 with a spectacular view of the valley below and Mynydd Eppynt.  Here the vehicle track end,s but there is a clearly defined path which heads north and then curls around behind the trig point.  
At the summit there is a large clearing surrounded by mature trees which offer good shelter from the wind.  
After reading several activation reports on the SOTA website we were a little apprehensive about this one, but we found our experience to be entirely positive and enjoyed the day very much.
73, Mal  


















Date:22/Nov/2013 Summit:GW/MW-016 (Pen y Garn-goch) Call Used:GW6OVD/P 
TimeCallBandModeNotes
11:23zG0IML7MHzSSBBarry S2S G/SE013
11:58zG0VOF5MHzSSBMark
11:59zG0RQL5MHzSSBDon
12:02zG4ZRP5MHzSSBBrian
12:02zG4ASA5MHzSSBDave S2S TW-002
12:04zG4UXH5MHzSSBColin
12:05zG3ORP5MHzSSBPeter
12:06zG0TRB5MHzSSBRoger
12:07zG4UNB5MHzSSBDavid
12:09zGM3XOQ5MHzSSBPeter
12:11zG1PIE5MHzSSBMark
12:13zG3VHH5MHzSSBJohn
12:18zGW0UHO144MHzFMPeter
12:26zMW1AND7MHzSSBMel

Date:22/Nov/2013 Summit:GW/MW-016 (Pen y Garn-goch) Call Used:GW4VPX/P 


TimeCallBandModeNotes
11:25zM0IML/P7MHzSSBBarry s2s
11:32zG4VOF5MHzSSBMark
11:34zG4UPE5MHzSSBDick
11:36zG0RQL5MHzSSBDon
11:37zG6WRW5MHzSSBCarolyn
11:37zG0TRB5MHzSSBRoger
11:38zG4UXH5MHzSSBColin
11:40zG8TMV5MHzSSBColin
11:40zGI4ONL5MHzSSBVictor
11:41zG6ODU5MHzSSBBob
11:42zM0JLA5MHzSSBRod
11:43zG3RDQ5MHzSSBDavid
11:45zG3TJE/P5MHzSSB
11:47zM0MDA5MHzSSBMick
11:53zG3XQE7MHzSSB
11:55zG0VWP7MHzSSB
11:55z2E0FGQ7MHzSSBNick
11:56zM1CNL7MHzSSBPeter
11:57zG3VXJ7MHzSSB
11:58zG4ZRP7MHzSSBBrian
11:59z2E0YYY/P7MHzSSBMike s2s
12:00zG4ASA/P7MHzSSBDave s2s
12:00zG6TUH7MHzSSBMike
12:01zM3XIE7MHzSSBDave
12:01zGM0AXY7MHzSSBKen
12:02zDJ5AV7MHzSSBMichael
12:02zGM4YMM7MHzSSBChristine
12:03zG4CQR7MHzSSBDave
12:03zM0IML/P7MHzSSBBarry s2s diff band
12:04zG0RQL7MHzSSBDon
12:05zG0FEX7MHzSSBKen
12:06zEI5DD7MHzSSBSteve
12:07zG0BFJ7MHzSSB
12:07zG7BGA7MHzSSB
12:07zMW6GWR7MHzSSBRicky
12:08zG0OTT7MHzSSB
12:08zG1PIE7MHzSSBMark
12:09zG0TRB7MHzSSBRoger
12:09zDL4XX7MHzSSB
12:10zDL7UCW7MHzSSB
12:10zG0CAM7MHzSSBCam
12:10zMM0USU7MHzSSBAndy
12:11zPA0B7MHzSSBRob
12:12zEA2CKX7MHzSSBPedro
12:13z2E0GBK7MHzSSBKeith
12:13zON7KJW7MHzSSB
12:14zDL2KAS7MHzSSB
12:15zM0NTC7MHzSSBGez
12:15zEA1LQ7MHzSSB
12:17zG4ZIB7MHzSSB
12:17zG0FVH7MHzSSBDavid
12:17zG3OKA7MHzSSB
12:18zM6JTJ7MHzSSB
12:19zG6RQA7MHzSSBDavid
12:24zMW1AND7MHzSSBMel

Thursday, 14 November 2013

GW/MW-034 & 036




Summit Information for GW/MW-034
Mynydd Cynros - 329m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: Mid Wales   
Latitude: 51 58 31 N, Longitude: 4 0 38 W
Grid Reference: SN 620327, QTH Locator: IO71XX 
Today's Sunrise: 07:33 UTC, Today's Sunset: 16:27 UTC


For today's activation of Mynyss Cynros I chose not to take the traditional route from Talley as it would mean having the very brisk wind in my face for the ascent.  Instead I parked at SN 069 324 where there is just about enough room to park 1 car without causing an obstruction.  From hear I headed east through the gate following the tree line up to the point where you can cross the stream. (SN 612 324)
After crossing the stream I continued following the fence until I reached another gate where there is a track all the way to the summit.  My activation was limited to 60 meters today as the wind was so strong at the summit my fishing pole was bending like a s hook!  With 21 contacts logged on 60 I decided not to push my luck any further as I would be needing the pole for my next activation (GW/MW-036)





















Date:14/Nov/2013 Summit:GW/MW-034 (Mynydd Cynros) Call Used:GW6OVD/P 
TimeCallBandModeNotes
01:039zG4ASA5MHzSSBDave S2S TW-005
10:42zM0MDA5MHzSSBMick
10:43zG6ODU5MHzSSBBob
10:44zG4FGJ5MHzSSBGordon
10:45zG8GTD5MHzSSBSteve
10:46zG1PIE5MHzSSBMark
10:47zG4DDL5MHzSSBMike
10:47zG4ISJ5MHzSSBPeter
10:48zG0TRB5MHzSSBRoger
10:48zG0ELJ5MHzSSBDave
10:49zG6LUZ5MHzSSBSteve
10:50zG4UXH5MHzSSBColin
10:51zM0IML5MHzSSBBarry S2S G/SE013
10:53zGI0ONL5MHzSSBVictor
10:53zG8TMV5MHzSSBColin
10:55zGW6DGU5MHzSSBRoy
10:57zM0JLA5MHzSSBRod
10:57zGI0HWO5MHzSSBJohn
10:59zG4CPA5MHzSSBGeoff
11:00zGW4VPX5MHzSSBAllan S2S GW/MW-021
11:02zG8HQJ5MHzSSBBarry



Summit Information for GW/MW-036
Pen-crug-melyn - 326m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: Mid Wales   
Latitude: 51 56 5 N, Longitude: 4 10 49 W
Grid Reference: SN 502285, QTH Locator: IO71VW 
Today's Sunrise: 07:34 UTC, Today's Sunset: 16:28 UTC 


This activation is very straightforward,  from my starting point at SN 501 282 you can clearly see the trig point on the horizon to the north east just over 300 meters away.  This time I chose to set up a little to the right of the trig point, well away from the overhead power lines,using the trees to shelter the antenna.  Not ideal I admit, but judging by my log it didn't have too much of a detrimental effect on signals, with good reports exchanged both ways. 
Many thanks to all who assisted with today's activation's of GW/MW 034 & 036,  and apologies to any stations I was unable to work.

73  Mal   GW6OVD





















Date:14/Nov/2013 Summit:GW/MW-036 (Pen-crug-melyn) Call Used:GW6OVD/P 
TimeCallBandModeNotes
12:34zG4ZRP5MHzSSBBrian
12:40zG0RQL5MHzSSBDon
12:42zG6ODU5MHzSSBBob
12:42zM0MDA5MHzSSBMick
12:43zG0VWP5MHzSSBTerry
12:51zON7TWA7MHzSSBGeert
12:55zDL1DVE7MHzSSBThomas
12:56zEA1DFP7MHzSSBQuique
12:56zG0TRB7MHzSSBRoger
12:57zMW0ZAP7MHzSSBJames
12:58zG0ELJ7MHzSSBDave
12:59zEA2CKX7MHzSSBPedro
13:00zDL2KAS7MHzSSBHanz
13:01zM1CNL7MHzSSBPeter
13:02zDF5WA7MHzSSBBerthold
13:03zG6ENN7MHzSSBDavid
13:04zMW6GWR7MHzSSBRicky
13:04zON4TA7MHzSSBPhil
13:05zDL8UVG7MHzSSBVolkhard
13:06zG0VWP7MHzSSBTerry
13:07zM3XIE7MHzSSBDave
13:07zIK3SAW7MHzSSBAmbrogio
13:08zF6HDW7MHzSSBJean Claude
13:09zDL3HXX7MHzSSBLothar
13:10zG1PIE7MHzSSBMark
13:11zOE7PHI7MHzSSBHansjoerg
13:11zDG0JMB7MHzSSBJoerg
13:12zG4CPA7MHzSSBGeoff
13:13zEI3KD7MHzSSBRodney
13:13zMM0USU7MHzSSBAndy