Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Myarth GW/SW-036


Summit Information for GW/SW-035
Myarth - 292m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 52 46 N, Longitude: 3 12 20 W
Grid Reference: SO 171208, QTH Locator: IO81JV 


Myarth, a densely wooded mountain which just happened to be the only SW summit I had not yet activated.  
After Phil and I had obtained permission from the Glanusk Estate who own the land, we found just enough room to park the car without causing any problems at SO181 200.  We headed west along the road for a short distance until we picked up the track NW towards the summit.  Even after a month without rain the track was very wet and muddy underfoot.  After about 500 meters we joined a larger track which was a lot easier going, but it soon became obvious we needed to apply plenty of bug spray.  The track is quiet but it is sometimes used by estate vehicles harvesting trees from the hillside.  
Its only about 2.3K to the summit with a gentle gradient most of the way and lots of shade. 
We set up a full size inverted V for 40 & 60 plus our trusty slim jim for 2M in a small clearing near the summit.  After working Rod MW0JLA and Viki MW6BWA on 2m , who were on a nearby summit, it soon became clear that this was a pretty poor location for VHF.
We spent the rest of our time at the summit on 60 and 40 with contacts all around the UK and several in Europe.  The inverted V dipole gave a very good account of itself on this,its first outing, and I'm sure its going to become part of our regular kit.
Many thanks to all stations who helped with our first activation of Myarth, GW/SW-035
73, Mal (GW6OVD)






Phil MV0PJJ  sporting his anti gnat hat








Log for GW6OVD
TimeCallBandModeNotes
10:03zMW6BWA/P144MHzFMViki
10:07zMW0JLA/P144MHzFMRod
10:25zG0RQL5MHzSSBDon
10:33zG4OBK5MHzSSBPhil
10:34zGV8MIA5MHzSSBAndy
10:35zG4JZF5MHzSSBGraham
10:36zG6MZX5MHzSSBGeoff
10:42zG4ZRP5MHzSSBBrian
10:45zMW0TOX5MHzSSBBaz
10:48zG0RQI7MHzSSBDon
10:52zG3XQE7MHzSSBKen
10:53zEB2CZF7MHzSSBJose
10:54zMW3PZO7MHzSSBSean
11:00zDF5WA7MHzSSBBerthold
11:04zPE1PIC7MHzSSBKeesjan
11:06zM0NTC7MHzSSBJez
11:07zPA0B7MHzSSBRob
11:08zG0TRB7MHzSSBRoger
11:09zM0TRO7MHzSSBTony
11:10zDL2KAS7MHzSSBHans
11:11zM0TVU7MHzSSBPaul


Tuesday, 9 July 2013

GW/SW 039, 036 & 028


Summit Information for GW/SW-039
Mynydd Llangyndeyrn - 262m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 47 48 N, Longitude: 4 12 10 W
Grid Reference: SN 482132, QTH Locator: IO71VT 


What a fantastic day for a few SOTA  activations! 27deg.C with a light breeze to take the edge off. 
On my own again today so I took a leisurely drive down the M4 towards Carmarthen to the starting point for my first activation of the day SN478 128. 
From here there is a path straight to the summit, about 10 minutes easy walk away.  
Strange conditions on vhf today, with some qrp stations coming in from Cornwall but very quiet locally. Worked a couple of summit to summits but very surprised to work one of my regulars, Dave MV0IBC from Rowley Regis from here.
The contacts soon dried up on 2 meters so I set off for the second summit of the day GW/SW-036















TimeCallBandModeNotes
09:40zGW4VPX144MHzFMAllan
09:48zGW6DGU144MHzFMRoy
09:54zMV6RGF144MHzFM
09:55zM3XIE144MHzFMDavid
09:57zM0COP/P144MHzFMPeter
09:58zM6GBO144MHzFMBruce
10:04zMV0IBC144MHzFMDave




Summit Information for GW/SW-036
Mynydd Sylen - 284m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 45 3 N, Longitude: 4 9 9 W
Grid Reference: SN 515080, QTH Locator: IO71WS 


At the second summit there are a couple of large transmitting masts so I was half expecting a little breakthrough on 2 meters but I did not experience any. 
 It took quite a lot of effort to get my 4 contacts in the log, I think everyone must be sunning themselves in the garden today hi hi.
Very easy to access this summit as it is only a couple of hundred yards from the road.















TimeCallBandModeNotes
11:04zGW4VPX144MHzFMAllan
11:07zM6GBO144MHzFMBruce
11:09zG7FLI144MHzFMJohn
11:25zG6HWO144MHzFM



Summit Information for GW/SW-028
Mynydd y Betws - 374m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 46 1 N, Longitude: 3 56 15 W
Grid Reference: SN 664094, QTH Locator: IO81AS 

I arrived at my final summit at around 12.10Z and set up for my final activation of the day. 
Again, very quiet on 2 meters locally taking an hour to get 5 contacts, but a qso with Ian, GJ7DNJ followed by a summit to summit with Colin, GM4UXH on 5Mhz, who was making the first ever activation of GM/SI-054 made a great end to the day.  Many thanks to all those who helped with my 3 activation's today. 
73, Mal GW6OVD















TimeCallBandModeNotes
12:18zG0VFK144MHzFMMike
12:50zGW6DGU144MHzFMRoy
12:56zGW1NMC/M144MHzFMAlec
13:12zGJ7DNJ144MHzFMIan
13:18zM0HAG144MHzFMGraham
13:29zGM4UXH5MHzSSBColin



Monday, 8 July 2013

GW/SW-021 & 040


Summit Information for GW/SW-021
Mynydd Marchywel - 418m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 43 9 N, Longitude: 3 47 5 W
Grid Reference: SN 768038, QTH Locator: IO81CR 

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TimeCallBandModeNotes
09:45zG0XCF144MHzFMColin
09:52z2W0VAW144MHzFMIan
10:16zMW6VOC144MHzFMAubrey
10:24zM1JMH144MHzFMJohn


Summit Information for GW/SW-040
Mynydd Dinas - 258m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 36 30 N, Longitude: 3 47 26 W
Grid Reference: SS 761915, QTH Locator: IO81CO 



















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TimeCallBandModeNotes
11:50zM0CKQ144MHzFMAdam
11:55zG0IKC144MHzFMRoy
12:11z2W0VAW144MHzFMIan
12:35zG3RDQ5MHzSSBDavid
12:40zG6LUZ5MHzSSBSteve
12:50zGM0AXY7MHzSSBKen