Thursday, 11 May 2017

GW/SW-023 – Allt yr Esgair

GW/SW-023 – Allt yr Esgair

10/05/2017

Chasing s2s once again..second summit of the day (see previous post)

Gerald and I parted company at Storey Arms as he was heading back down to Pembrokeshire but taking in the summit of Trichrug GW/SW-022 which would be an unique for him.  I made my way around to the Llangasty Community Hall car park ( SO 122 256) and the beginning of the trail to the summit of Allt yr Esgair.
Llangasty Community Hall....looking towards Llangorse Lake
Information board-Llangasty Community Hall
Track to the summit can be narrow in places...beware of Mountain bikes!!

I grabbed a quick sandwich as well as talking briefly to Lee MW6LPU over in Llangorse on 2m then made my way to the top..  Although Lee had warned me it was quite a shock to see the amount of tree and vegetation clearance that had taken place….nice views all round now.  Easy navigation…just follow the track to the summit.
Abundance of Bluebells
Clear view towards Pen y Fan
Looking towards Mynydd Troed and Mynydd Llangorse..Barry's double for the day

I had tried to chase Myarth GW/SW-035 for several years without success..today would be a different matter as Rod and Viki would be activating it whilst I was on Allt yr Esgair and I could also see the summit :) 
Myarth..just down the valley
Barry IML was by now over on Mynydd Llangorse so we soon had a few s2s flying around on a variety of bands as can be seen from my log. Gerald soon joined in the fun but sadly Viki missed out on a contact with him even with a 2m beam…Pen y Fan was in the way. 
14:30z
MW0IML/P
144MHz
FM
Barry s2s
14:33z
MW6LPU/P
144MHz
FM
Lee, Llangorse
14:35z
MW0IML/P
70MHz
FM
Barry s2s
14:46z
GW1SXT/M
144MHz
FM
Mike
14:47z
MW6BWA/P
144MHz
FM
Viki s2s
14:48z
MW6BWA/P
433MHz
FM
Viki s2s diff band
14:49z
MW0JLA/P
433MHz
FM
Rod s2s
15:03z
MW0WML/P
144MHz
FM
Gerald s2s
15:12z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don, Devon
15:12z
G6TUH
5MHz
SSB
Mike, East Sussex
15:13z
MW0IML/P
5MHz
SSB
Barry s2s diff band
15:13z
G0VWP
5MHz
SSB
Terry
15:16z
G3WZD/A
5MHz
SSB
Duncan
15:20z
G4IAR
5MHz
SSB
Dave, Leicestershire
15:30z
SM7DIE
7MHz
SSB
Tore, Sweden
15:31z
EA2CKX
7MHz
SSB
Pedro, Spain
15:32z
OH6JYH
7MHz
SSB
Harri, Finland
15:32z
F5LKW
7MHz
SSB
Roger, France
15:33z
DJ5AV
7MHz
SSB
Michael, Germany
15:34z
SM6CNX
7MHz
SSB
Dan
15:38z
MW0JLA/P
5MHz
SSB
Rod s2s diff band
15:50z
MW0WML/P
5MHz
SSB
Gerald s2s diff band
I had taken the KX2 (10 watts) to the summit and I was soon on 60m picking up 7 regular chasers with a further  6 difficult contacts on 40m. I had to give Rod and Gerald a call when they appeared on 60m to end the day.  
Elecraft KX2
Rod, Viki, Barry and myself had arranged to meet up in Crickhowell for an evening meal …a perfect end to a perfect SOTA day…thanks everyone.

My activation set up:-  (HF) Elecraft KX2 (10 watts) (4Ah LiPo), Antenna - 3 band link dipole (60/40/20 (+15m extensions +80m loading coils),  (VHF) Yaesu FT270 (5watts) into a ‘cable tie’ dipole, ( 4m) Wouxon KG699E. (UHF) Kenwood TH-F7E. Antenna support - 7m Fishing pole.

Thanks everyone for the contacts


73 Allan GW4VPX