Saturday, 28 September 2013

GW/NW-009

Summit Information for GW/NW-009
Cadair Idris - Penygadair - 893m, 8 points
Association: Wales  Region: North Wales   
Latitude: 52 41 57 N, Longitude: 3 54 32 W
Grid Reference: SH 711130, QTH Locator: IO82BQ 
Today's Sunrise: 06:11 UTC, Today's Sunset: 18:00 UTC 

For our first venture into the North Wales SOTA region, Andy and I chose to activate GW/NW-009 Cadair Idris Although the summit of Cadair Idris is actually called Pen y Gadair most people simply refer to this amazing mountain by its general name Cadair Idris, translated it actually means Chair of Idris, a Welsh giant from Celtic mythology.


Our day began with a 7am start ready for the two and a quarter hour drive to our start point at Minfford. (SH732 115) I chose this route because all I had read about this mountain indicated that this would be the most direct yet physically challenging, with amazing views all the way. We weren't disappointed on either score! This is a truly spectacular mountain, and the many photos I took along the route, fail miserably to capture its sheer scale and beauty.
The route follows the ridge in a clockwise direction high above Llyn Cae, then rejoins the original path at the slate bridge (SH727 120). Total distance is 10Km with a gruelling 874M of ascent. Walking time was around 5 hours.

Our activation was VHF only today, as we wanted to reduce the weight of the kit as much as possible. The take off was excellent and contacts were made into England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, receiving very good reports. Our only problem was being able to keep the antenna up in the very strong wind at the summit.

All in all a very enjoyable day, and hopefully just the first of many visits to the Snowdonia National Park.
Many thanks to all stations that helped with our activation of GW/NW-009



 


















NW-009 (Cadair Idris -Penygadair) CallUsed:GW6OVD/P


TimeCallBandModeNotes
11:05zMW6GWR144MHzFMRicky
11:07zG3ZDP144MHzFMJim
11:09zGW4VPX144MHzFMAllan
11:10zG1OHH144MHzFMSue
11:25zG7OPI144MHzFMAndy
11:26zMW0BBU144MHzFMSteve
11:28zMW0IDX144MHzFMRoger
11:30zG6XBF144MHzFMRob
11:31zM0ZOM/P144MHzFMColin
11:33z2I0SXG144MHzFMRobert
11:35zG6XBF144MHzFMWalt
11:36zGI0AE144MHzFMTony
11:37zMW0PJJ144MHzFMPhil
11:37zG0MKW144MHzFMTony
11:40z2E0RNM144MHzFMMathew
11:41zMW1AND144MHzFMMel
11:42z2E0XYL144MHzFMKaren
11:55zMW1CFA144MHzFMKevin
11:56zMW0IDX144MHzFMRoger
11:57zM1CNL144MHzFMPeter
11:58zG4PPC144MHzFMBrian
11:58zM3VUO144MHzFMGraham



Thursday, 26 September 2013

GW/SW021

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 

Today's Sunrise: 06:07 UTC, Today's Sunset: 18:05 UTC






Date:26/Sep/2013 Summit:GW/SW-021 (Mynydd Marchywel) Call Used:GW6OVD/P 

TimeCallBandModeNotes
10:25zG3YPQ5MHzSSBPhil
10:29zG4ZRP5MHzSSBBrian
10:37zG6ODU5MHzSSBBob
10:38zM0MDA5MHzSSBMick
10:42zG4TJC5MHzSSBSimon
10:44zM0JLA5MHzSSBRod
10:45zG4OBK5MHzSSBPhil
10:53zG4HXU7MHzSSBDanny
10:57zM0RIF7MHzSSBTony
11:03zG0WSB7MHzSSBMike
11:07zMW3HGR7MHzSSBHugh
11:18zF6HMH7MHzSSBDominique
11:33zMW0BBU144MHzFMSteve

Friday, 20 September 2013

GW/SW-023 Allt yr Esgair

 GW/SW-023  Allt yr Esgair 
 393m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 54 37 N, Longitude: 3 16 19 W
Grid Reference: SO 126243, QTH Locator: IO81IV 
Today's Sunrise: 05:55 UTC, Today's Sunset: 18:17 UTC

Today's starting point is at the village hall at SO122 256 where there is ample parking and a picnic table with great views over Llangorse Lake. From here there is a very clearly defined footpath all the way to the summit which is around 1.5K with 193M of ascent..  Since my last activation of this summit, there has been a great deal of work done to improve the path which used to be very muddy in places.
At the summit there is a dry stone wall, which offers a nice sheltered spot to operate from.
Alt yr Esgair is surrounded by high ground which would make a  purely VHF activation a little challenging, so most of my contacts were made on HF.
Alan (GW4VPX) and Steve (GW0BBU) were activating SW-010 Craig Y Llyn, on the opposite side of the Brecon Beacons, so during our S2S qso we arranged to rendezvous  for a chinwag and to put a face to the voice over a cup of coffee.  Great to finally meet the lads in person after so many S2S chats.



Date:20/Sep/2013 Summit:GW/SW-023 (Allt yr Esgair) Call Used:GW6OVD/P Points: 1 


TimeCallBandModeNotes
09:20zGW4VPX144MHzFMAllan S2S GW/SW010
09:21zGW6DGU144MHzFMRoy
09:27zMW0TOX144MHzFMBaz
09:29zMW1AND144MHzFMMel
09:34zM0IML5MHzSSBBarry S2S G/SE013
09:37zG6LUZ5MHzSSBSteve
09:38zG8ADD5MHzSSBBrian
09:39zG0RQL5MHzSSBDon
09:40zG8AVU5MHzSSBBob
09:42zG0VWP5MHzSSBTerry
09:43zG4OBK5MHzSSBPhil
09:44zG0TRB5MHzSSBRoger
09:45zGI4ONL5MHzSSBVictor
09:45zG0ELJ5MHzSSBDave
09:46zG4IIJ5MHzSSBIan
09:59zG3PNH7MHzSSBBernard
10:17zG4ZRP7MHzSSBBrian
10:19zG0EOB7MHzSSBFred
10:20zM0IML7MHzSSBBarry
10:23zLX2JV7MHzSSBJeff
10:25zGB2CPM7MHzSSBPeter
10:30zG3ZQQ7MHzSSBJim
10:36zMW0BBU144MHzFMSteve S"S GW/SW-010



Thursday, 12 September 2013

GW/SW-018

Summit Information for GW/SW-018
Mynydd Eppynt - 478m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 52 6 21 N, Longitude: 3 31 6 W
Grid Reference: SN 961464, QTH Locator: IO82FC 
Today's Sunrise: 05:43 UTC, Today's Sunset: 18:37 UTC 


Date:12/Sep/2013 Summit:GW/SW-018 (Mynydd Eppynt) Call Used:GW6OVD/P Points: 1 Bonus: 0 
TimeCallBandModeNotes
10:37zM0JLA5MHzSSBRod
10:38zG6LUZ5MHzSSBSteve
10:40zGW4VPX5MHzSSBAllan
10:41zG4ZRP5MHzSSBBrian
10:43zG8ADD5MHzSSBBrian
10:44zM0IML5MHzSSBBarry
10:46zG0RQL5MHzSSBDon
10:47zM0MDA5MHzSSBMick
10:49zG4MHN5MHzSSBJohn
11:06zG0ROW5MHzSSBAlan
11:08zG0ELJ5MHzSSBDave
11:12z2E0XYL144MHzFMKaren
11:13zG1OHH144MHzFMSusan
11:20zMW3PZO7MHzSSBSean
11:21zG4UOO7MHzSSBJohn
11:25zON7KJW7MHzSSBJohn
11:27zG4DAX7MHzSSBDave
11:31z2E0COI7MHzSSBPeter
11:36zG0TDM7MHzSSBJohn
11:37zDJ5AV7MHzSSBMike
11:38zPA0SKP7MHzSSBSake
11:39zGW0WLQ7MHzSSBRob
11:41zG6TUH7MHzSSBMike
11:42zPA0B7MHzSSBRob
11:44zDF5WA7MHzSSBBerthold
11:45zM3XIE7MHzSSBDave
11:46zG0RQL7MHzSSBDon
11:47zM0BKV7MHzSSBDamian
11:48zM0XVF7MHzSSBJeramy
11:49zM0TLX7MHzSSBDavid
11:50zEA1LQ7MHzSSBEarnesto
11:51zG4ASA7MHzSSBDave
11:52zG7IUI7MHzSSBBill
11:53zG4FGJ7MHzSSBGordon
11:56zEI2KD7MHzSSBRodney
11:57zMM3PDM7MHzSSBPeter
11:59zM6SDX7MHzSSBSteve

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

GW/MW-003

Summit Information for GW/MW-003
Drygarn Fawr - 645m, 4 points
Association: Wales  Region: Mid Wales   
Latitude: 52 12 43 N, Longitude: 3 40 1 W
Grid Reference: SN 862584, QTH Locator: IO82EF 
Today's Sunrise: 05:40 UTC, Today's Sunset: 18:42 UTC 

For today's activation of Drygarn Fawr I parked near the ford at SN836 555 where there is plenty of room for 8-10 cars.  
The route I chose was around a 10k round trip, starting by heading north east following the forestry track as far as SN851 562  and then cross country towards the summit.  The gradient is fairly gradual most of the way but I found it very wet under foot in places.  The walk to the summit took around an hour with just over 300M of ascent.
Conditions at the summit were a little challenging today, with a high wind making antenna erection a little difficult to say the least.  I found myself a nice sheltered spot between the trig point and the cairn and set up my trusty 857 ready for the many contacts to come.
Many thanks to all stations that helped with my activation of  Drygarn Fawr today.
 73, Mal (GW6OVD)

























Log for GW6OVD/P


TimeCallBandModeNotes
10:10zMW0BBU7MHzSSB
11:00zG4ZRP5MHzSSB
11:13zG4ASA5MHzSSBDave S2S G/TW-004
11:18zG0RQL5MHzSSB
11:19zG6LUZ5MHzSSB
11:20zG0TRB5MHzSSB
11:22zG4SEF5MHzSSB
11:25zG4OBK5MHzSSB
11:26zG4DAX5MHzSSB
11:27zG0VWP5MHzSSB
11:33zGW7PFY144MHzFM
11:35zG7EDZ144MHzFM
11:42zMW1AND144MHzFM
11:43zGM0AXY5MHzSSB
11:56zEI4DC7MHzSSB
12:04zON7KJW7MHzSSB
12:04zF5MCC7MHzSSB
12:05zI2CZQ7MHzSSB
12:10zG0TRB7MHzSSB
12:12zM0DXT7MHzSSB
12:13zON5CM7MHzSSB
12:13zG6TUH7MHzSSB
12:15z2E0YYY7MHzSSBMike S2S TW-004
12:15zEB2CZF7MHzSSB
12:16zMX0SSW7MHzSSB
12:16zMW3PZO7MHzSSB
12:17z2W0WDS7MHzSSB
12:18zM0BKV7MHzSSB
12:20zMW6GWR7MHzSSB
12:22zGM4YMM7MHzSSB
12:24zDJ5AV7MHzSSB
12:24zPA0FAW7MHzSSB
12:25zGW4ONI7MHzSSB
12:26zDF5WA7MHzSSB
12:26zON5EQ7MHzSSB
12:26zEA2CKX7MHzSSB
12:27zDL2EF7MHzSSB
12:28zDK2ZH7MHzSSB

Thursday, 5 September 2013

GW / SW - 038

Summit Information for GW/SW-038
Mynydd Drumau - 272m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 41 9 N, Longitude: 3 50 44 W
Grid Reference: SN 725002, QTH Locator: IO81BQ 
Today's Sunrise: 05:33 UTC, Today's Sunset: 18:54 UTC 


























Log For GW6OVD/P
TimeCallBandModeNotes
11:43zG4ZRB5MHzSSBBrian
11:45zG6ODU5MHzSSBBob
11:46zG8MIA5MHzSSBAndy
11:47zG0RQL5MHzSSBDon
11:48zG0VWP5MHzSSBTerry
11:49zMW0WYN5MHzSSBDulyn
11:50zG4FGJ5MHzSSBGordon
11:51zG0TRB5MHzSSBRoger
11:52zG4ASA7MHzSSBDave S2S NP-010
11:52z2E0YYY7MHzSSBMike S2S NP-010
11:53zM0IML7MHzSSBBarry

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

GW/SW-027 & GW/SW-034

Summit Information for GW/SW-027
Mynydd y Glyn - 381m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 35 48 N, Longitude: 3 23 56 W
Grid Reference: ST 032896, QTH Locator: IO81HO 























TimeCallBandModeNotes
09:23zG4ASA5MHzSSBDave S2S TW-024
09:27zG4SXR144MHzFMColin
09:30zG0VFK144MHzFMMike
09:33zMW1AND144MHzFMMel
09:34zG4EIA144MHzFMMartin
09:45zG0RQL5MHzSSBDon
09:47zMW0IML5MHzSSBBarry S2S SW-001
09:48zG6LUZ5MHzSSBSteve
09:49zM0JLA5MHzSSBRod
09:50zGI0HWO5MHzSSBJohn
09:51zG7JHW5MHzSSBBob
09:52zG0TRB5MHzSSBRoger
09:53zGW3OAJ5MHzSSBKess
09:55zG4FGJ5MHzSSBGordon
10:10z2E0YYY144MHzFMMike S2S SP-013
10:20zGW4VPX5MHzSSBAlan S2S SW-002
10:25zGI4ONL5MHzSSBVictor
10:31zEA1MX144MHzSSBJose
10:34zGW3OAJ144MHzFMKess
10:43z2E0MDJ144MHzFMMatt
10:48zG0JZE144MHzFMAlex



Summit Information for GW/SW-034
Garth Hill - 307m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 32 35 N, Longitude: 3 17 41 W
Grid Reference: ST 103835, QTH Locator: IO81IN 










TimeCallBandModeNotes
12:46zGI4ONL5MHzSSBVictor
12:48zG0GNE5MHzSSBRobin
12:53zG8ADD5MHzSSBBrian
12:59zG0TRB5MHzSSB
13:03zG4FGJ5MHzSSBGordon
13:06zM0MDA5MHzSSBMick
13:09zG0WSB5MHzSSBMike
13:13zMW0IML5MHzSSBBarry
13:23zMW0IML144MHzFMBarry
13:24zGW0TAU144MHzFMPaul