Tuesday, 1 November 2016

GW/MW-026 Long Mountain Beacon Ring

GW/MW-026  Long Mountain Beacon Ring

28/10/2016

'Ticking off' the uniques

As we had a rather special occasion the following day I had booked into a B&B near Telford so the opportunity arose to activate Long Mountain Beacon Ring on the way up. This is a summit with minimal walking but needed to be 'ticked off the list'  
First comms tower...car tucked in on the right
Probably the views from this summit are wonderful but not today as most of the mountain tops in Wales were shrouded in low cloud and mist. We parked next to the first of the Communications towers (SJ 266057) and walked along a lane to a small wooden gate next to the second tower which took us along the ‘moat’ of this old hill fort.
Second comms tower...wooden gate on the left
Val reading the information board...little did she realise how close she was to the Geocache
As we walked around we were flushing pheasants out of the crop in the field next to the moat…quite a sight. 
Zoomed in on this one
As those who have activated this summit will know that the trig point is in the woods so after I had found it I decided to operate just on the edge of the wood  close to its location as it was not practical to erect an antenna in the wood …some have tried and succeeded.
In search of the trig...
As Val left  to look for a Geocache I spotted myself on 60m and within 9 minutes I had 10 chasers in the log.  
FT817 being withdrawn from the Dry bag
'Final calls' as Val arrived back to take this pic
During this brief visit to the band I noticed that I was running on the internal batteries of the FT817 so I suspected a problem with the lead from the external LiPo.  With apologies to Jack GM4COX for not being able to chat I called ‘final call’ and switched off as soon as nobody answered. A quick rummage in the rucksack and the spare lead was hooked up and I was back on the LiPo.
11:39z
M0JLA
5MHz
SSB
Rod
11:39z
EI3GYB
5MHz
SSB
Michael
11:41z
EI9GLB
5MHz
SSB
Jim
11:41z
PA0SKP
5MHz
SSB
Sake
11:42z
G4IAR
5MHz
SSB
Dave
11:42z
G0VWP
5MHz
SSB
Terry
11:44z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don
11:46z
GM4COX
5MHz
SSB
Jack
11:46z
G0ELJ
5MHz
SSB
Dave
11:48z
G4WHA/A
5MHz
SSB
Geoff
11:53z
EI3GYB
7MHz
SSB
Michael
11:54z
OK3KW
7MHz
SSB
11:54z
G0VWP
7MHz
SSB
Terry
11:55z
M0IML
7MHz
SSB
Barry
11:56z
ON5SWA
7MHz
SSB
Francois
11:57z
OK1DVM
7MHz
SSB
Mirozlav
Not many contacts on 40m as the band was not favourable for the UK although Barry M0IML in Kent  was in the log with 5/9 each way and Michael EI3GYB was booming in from Ireland.  After many final calls I decided to pull the plug.

My activation set up:-  (HF) Yaesu FT817 (5 watts) using 12V 4 Ah LiPO battery,  3 band link dipole (60/40/20 (+15m+80m extensions if needed), Antenna support - 7m Fishing pole.

Thanks everyone for the contacts

73 Allan GW4VPX

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