Gospel Pass here I come :)
GW/SW-041 Black Mountain
As I made my way along the A40 Pen y Fan and Corn Du stood out against the blue sky with not a cloud in sight. It looked good for my activation of Black Mountain. I had thought about an ascent from the car park at SO239373 but decided to head for the other car park at the head of Gospel Pass. The journey was a little hairy as the road was covered with snow that had turned to ice with deep ruts and a drop on one side! Four wheel drive engaged and hoping that nothing would be coming the other way...I made it :)
Hay Bluff Trig ahead
I reached the trig at Hay Bluff quite quickly knowing that this would be my activation spot for the Worked all Britain Trig award on the way back. Heading South along the Off’s Dyke Path I soon found a mound of earth within the activation zone for Black Mountain that protected me from the bitterly cold wind coming from the North.
Towards the summit from Hay Bluff
I kicked off by calling Carolyn GW6WRW/p on GW/SW-015 Mynydd Llangorse for my first s2s of the day and within minutes Steve GM1INK/p on GM/SS114 was also in the log – thanks both.
GW4VPX/p on Black Mountain
A visit to 60m I opened my activation with Brian G8ADD answering my calls and an offer of a spot. A good run of regulars followed so thank you Brian.
A quick listen on 7.118 to see if Carolyn had finished....... I asked if she was still there only to be told she was on another band and would I like a spot. It was Rob G0HRT and within a short space of time I was into a pile-up after Rob’s spot went up on Sotawatch - thanks Rob
I was delighted to finish my run with a call to Adrian GW4AZS/p on GW/MW-001 which included a nice QSO and s2s. As I finished packing everything into the rucksack I heard Neil MW0ECX/p calling from GW/SW-010 Craig y Llyn so I ended the SOTA activation with another s2s – thanks both.
The mountain was quite busy today and I had to explain what I was doing several times. Back to the Trig on Hay Bluff which I had noticed was also very busy so I hoped that I would have a ‘visit free activation’. I bungeed the pole to the trig and a call into the 'WAB net' brought an immediate response from Ken G0FEX and I was quickly working my way down the list.
I'm glad I had the protection of the trig and plinth and I was soon happy to be making my way down to the car. Despite the cold it was great to see a couple having a picnic in the sunshine!........
Gospel Pass below
I heard a helicopter and looking around I saw an Air Ambulance pass overhead... It suddenly slowed and dropped down to the car park which was to be my initial departure point. It landed next to a number of vehicles. As nothing had happened on my part of the mountain I can only surmise that something had happened down near where it had landed....... Not wishing to go back over the icy road with a chance of something coming up to meet me I headed South down the Gospel Pass for Abergavenny and back onto the A40 towards home.
Thanks everyone for the contacts and spots.
73 Allan GW4VPX