Monday, 24 June 2013

GW/SW-022 & 032


Summit Information for GW/SW-022
Trichrug - 415m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 53 21 N, Longitude: 3 53 30 W
Grid Reference: SN 699229, QTH Locator: IO81BV 

The starting point for today’s  first activation is SN694 225 where there is enough parking for 1 or 2 cars but this one is quite remote and you are unlikely to run into anyone else.  The access road gets very rough for the last kilometer so take care.
Access to the summit is straightforward from here, just cross the stile and head north east, keeping the dry stone wall to your right, and there is just 1 fence to negotiate along the way. 
At the summit there is plenty of room for antennas and I found a nice sheltered spot behind the dry stone wall to set up for my activation.
Very quiet on VHF today so I used a combination of 2 and 40 to get my 9 contacts including a S2S with Barry MW0IML on GW/NW – 030, who I worked on both bands. Later I packed up the  gear and paused to take a few photos before moving on to the next summit.  The 360 deg. view from the summit is breath-taking so don’t forget your camera





















TimeCallBandModeNotes
09:55zGW3LXI144MHzFMPeter
09:57zMW0IML144MHzFMBarry
10:20zGW1MNC144MHzFMAlec
10:25zMW1CFA144MHzFMKevin
10:27zMW1AND144MHzFMMel
10:32zGM0AXY7MHzSSBKen
10:34zGM4YMM7MHzSSBChristine
10:35zMW0IML7MHzSSBBarry
10:43zM0JLA144MHzFMRod


Summit Information for GW/SW-032
Mynydd Allt-y-grug - 339m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 45 20 N, Longitude: 3 48 39 W
Grid Reference: SN 751079, QTH Locator: IO81CS 


Following a pleasant drive across Mynydd  Du,  I arrived at the starting point for my second and final activation of the day SN742 073 where parking  was a little challenging.
 From here there is a clearly defined path which zigzags up through the forestry emerging about half way up the mountain.  I headed north east along the edge of the trees until I came to a spot where I could easily cross the fence. From here I headed east for a while until I met a rough track heading north east all the way to the summit.
The summit is very exposed with lots of room for antennas but there is no trig point or shelter of any kind.  Not particularly good VHF take off from here and I really struggled with contacts few and far between, but I persevered until I completed my activation. 
Many thanks to all stations that helped with my activation of GW/SW-022 & 032 today.
73, Mal, GW6OVD/P


















TimeCallBandModeNotes
12:55zG4WUX144MHzFMPhil
13:00zG4YBB144MHzFMMichael
13:27zMW6CQL144MHzFMChris
13:36zM6OEP144MHzFMElwyn
14:00zMI0RJN7MHzSSBBob

Saturday, 8 June 2013

GW/SW-016

Summit Information for GW/SW-016
Ysgyryd Fawr - 486m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 51 29 N, Longitude: 2 58 22 W
Grid Reference: SO 331182, QTH Locator: IO81MU 



At our starting point at SO328-163 there is ample parking for 8-10 cars, but this summit is very popular with walkers so arrive early.  
There is a good path which rises steeply through the woods and most of the 260mtr assent is done in the first kilometer or so.  There are a couple of well placed benches along this route should you need a rest.
As you emerge from the woods its not long before you can start to appreciate the incredible views that make this summit one of the most enjoyable we have visited.
The gradient becomes lees steep from here and soon  the summit was in sight.
We couldn't have picked a better day for this one,  just a light breeze, warm sunshine and excellent visibility.
We found that the summit had a good VHF takeoff and we soon completed our activation with contacts as far away as Brixham, on the south coast and 5 summit to summit.

A great day and a well earned 1 point!






































Date:08/Jun/2013 Summit:GW/SW-016 (Ysgyryd Fawr) Call Used:GW6OVD/P 


TimeCallBandModeNotes
10:11zG3RMD144MHzFM
10:13zG4WTF144MHzFM
10:22zM6GWR144MHzFM
10:24zM0SBF144MHzFM
10:27zM0TTE144MHzFM
10:29zM0NTC144MHzFM
10:30zM1CNL144MHzFM
10:47zG4LFF144MHzFM
10:52zM1JSS144MHzFM
10:53zMW3NYR144MHzFM
11:05zMW0UPH144MHzFM
11:09zM0HTB144MHzFM
11:15zMW1AND144MHzFM
11:20zG0LGS144MHzFM
11:30zG0IBE144MHzFM
11:34zM0IBC144MHzFM
11:41zM0JLA144MHzFM
11:43zG0VFK144MHzFM
11:44zMW3NAE144MHzFM
11:45zM6ZSB144MHzFM
11:55zMW1AZI144MHzFM
12:01zM6CMZ144MHzFM

Saturday, 1 June 2013

GW/SW-037 & GW SW-025

Summit Information for GW/SW-037
Craig yr Allt - 274m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 33 25 N, Longitude: 3 15 7 W
Grid Reference: ST 133850, QTH Locator: IO81IN 

Post to follow

This was one of our local summits. The access to this summit is very good, with room for a few cars to park. Once you have passed through the gate there is a short walk before you turn right to head up to the summit. There is a large fallen tree that you need to head for. once you have found this the route it is well defined.

The summit is not marked by a trig point and can be busy with horse riding from a local riding school.
The VHF take off is good on this summit.





This summit has great views of the Valleys and Cardiff area. 





MW0PJJ Log
imeCallBandModeNotes
09:37zMW0TOX144MHzFM5/5
09:45zM3KWS144MHzFM5/9 steve
09:50zG3RMD144MHzFM5/8
09:51zMW1AND144MHzFM5/9
09:55zG4KPM144MHzFM5/9 MALCOLM
10:00zMW0CXH144MHzFM5/1 PETER
10:04zGW0IRT144MHzFM5/9 PHIL
10:08zM6CJE144MHzFM5/9
10:13zMW6CQN144MHzFM
10:17zG7WEY144MHzFMDAVE 5/7
10:20zMW6GNA144MHzFM5/9


Summit Information for GW/SW-025
Cefn Eglwysilan - 382m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 36 21 N, Longitude: 3 18 19 W
Grid Reference: ST 097905, QTH Locator: IO81IO 




This was the second summit of the day. There is only a few miles between  them and well worth the effort Access to this summit can be from two directions with limited parking both sides. Good views of the surrounding areas overlooking the A470. Takes 20 mins from car to summit.
Once again a busy summit in good weather but plenty of room to set up equipment. Good VHF take off .










MW0PJJ Log


TimeCallBandModeNotes
11:30zG4SMD144MHzFMDAVE 4/1
11:33zMW0CXH144MHzFMPETER 4/1
11:35zGW0IRT144MHzFMPHIL 5/9
11:46z2E0FGQ144MHzFMNICK 5/9
11:47zMW6GNA144MHzFMANGELA 5/9
12:00z2E0IXC144MHzSSB5/5
12:07zGW4GJA144MHzFMKEN
12:15zG4NKU144MHzFMDAVE 5/5