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GW/MW-001 - Plynlimon-Pen Pumlumon Fawr
Having pulled my alert for Tor y Foel a few days previously due to the weather I grabbed the opportunity to activate the highest summit in Mid-Wales as the forcast looked really promising.
I duly paid my £5 parking fee at Eisteddfa Gurig and made my way via the old mining track towards the summit. Moving into the mist and off the track I passed numerous remnants of snow on the way up but what struck me was the force of the wind so I was happy with the protection of the very large cairn next to the trig point.
Snow on the pathI left two bottom sections of the fishing pole in the main tube due to the wind so the Band Hopper 2 dipole was quite low - it would be interesting to see how it would perform. Operating from within the cairn means that often the mobile phone signal is a bit iffy so I decided to give a call out on 7.118 and not use RRT.
Mike G6TUH and Barry M0IML had been waiting for me on the frequency so I was up and running immediately with excellent signal reports each way - thanks both. Indeed, most signal reports were exceptionally good and the antenna was thankfully staying up despite the strong gusts of wind.
27 chasers made it into my log including a nice 'catch up' chat with Jack GM4COX and an s2s with David G0EVV/p on G/LD-021- Illgill Head – thanks David.
Now this summit has a trig (WAB -TP5480 Plynlimon) so after the regular SOTA chasers dried up I called into the WAB net on 7.160. With Ken G0FEX as net controller I quickly ran down the list with 10 contacts in 8 minutes - job done - thanks once again :)
A quick call on 2m produced only one reply but after I had packed everything away and was ready to leave the summit Neil MW0ECX/p came booming in on the FT270 with an s2s from GW/SW-003 Fan Brycheiniog. A perfect end to the activation - thanks Neil.
Once again thanks for all the contacts - looking forward to the next one :)
73 Allan GW4VPX