Monday, 29 February 2016

GW/MW-008 and GW/MW-007

A testing double activation

GW/MW-008 and GW/MW-007

Drosgol and Banc Llechwedd Mawr

28/02/2016

Val and I arrived at the same time as John MW0XOT and we managed to park the two cars close together by the gate that leads down to Maesnant SN 7750 8796. 
Maesnant to Drosgol GPS track
Our target summit was Drosgol and we hoped we would be on summit before Rod MW0JLA and Viki MW6BWA would make it to the top of Banc Llechwedd Mawr.
Drosgol
We crossed the bridge at SN 7796 8912 and gradually made our way up on to the side of Banc Llechwedd Mawr then across towards Drosgol avoiding the large areas of boggy ground. 
The bridge at SN 7796 8912
Towards Maesnant from the side of Banc Llechwedd mawr
The bridge at SN 7663 8881
Drosgol summit in the distance
A call from Viki saying that they could see us meant that they had arrived a lot earlier than expected so we would be playing ‘catch up’ today. We arrived on summit to a flurry of s2s and with a little help from Aled, Roy and Simon we soon qualified the summit on 2m using the handhelds.
s2s on 2m..we soon qualified the summit
11:20z
MW0WML/P
144MHz
FM
Gerald s2s
11:24z
MW6BWA/P
144MHz
FM
Viki s2s
11:26z
MW6BWA/P
433MHz
FM
Viki s2s
11:29z
MW0JLA/P
144MHz
FM
Rod s2s
11:37z
MW3DLA
144MHz
FM
Aled
11:46z
GW6DGU
144MHz
FM
Roy
11:51z
GW4TJC/M
144MHz
FM
Simon
We eventually set up the HF antenna and retired to the little horseshoe shaped cairn. A few calls on 60m and Brian G8ADD was in the log. We had a short chat and by this time Don was on frequency and with a spot up I was away sharing the first few contacts with John although we had already qualified the summit. 
Nice cairn on Drosgol
It was nice to work so many on the band with many saying that 40m was full of contest stations. We had a little listen on 40m and decided that it was a non-starter and as we had a long walk back to Banc Llechwedd Mawr and Rod and Viki were on their way towards us it was ‘pack away’ time.
11:52z
G8ADD
5MHz
SSB
Brian
11:54z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don
11:55z
G0EVV
5MHz
SSB
David
11:56z
G4OBK
5MHz
SSB
Phil
11:57z
M0MDA
5MHz
SSB
Mick
11:57z
G0LGS
5MHz
SSB
Stewart
11:58z
G4WSB
5MHz
SSB
Bill
11:58z
G7BGA
5MHz
SSB
Geoffrey
11:59z
GM4WHA
5MHz
SSB
Geoff
11:59z
EI9GLB
5MHz
SSB
Jim
12:00z
G0TDM
5MHz
SSB
John
12:01z
G0HRT
5MHz
SSB
Rob
12:01z
G6TUH
5MHz
SSB
Mike
12:01z
GW6DGU
5MHz
SSB
Roy
12:02z
G4APO
5MHz
SSB
Roland
12:03z
G1BLJ
5MHz
SSB
Steve
12:03z
G8VNW
5MHz
SSB
Nick
12:04z
G4MD
5MHz
SSB
Paul
12:04z
G3RMD
5MHz
SSB
Frank
During our visit to 60m I noticed a PTT problem developing with the Yaesu microphone and as I finished with Frank RMD it stopped working altogether. A quick rummage in the rucksack and my spare microphone was plugged in…it worked…phew. Also as I was packing away I noticed that the Li-Po battery lead had broken which resulted in another rummage for the spare…what next?
Nice views of Nant y Moch res. from Drosgol
Rod and Viki on their way towards us
 As we were coming down to the bridge we met Rod and Viki heading up towards us. We spent a few minutes chatting but time was not in our favour so we bade farewell and made our way across the valley.
 Not much time for chatting
Drosgol to Banc Llechwedd Mawr GPS
I had decided to head towards the house which is North of the bridge at SN 7663 8881 in order to take advantage of the ridge which gives a gentler approach to the summit….sounds easy but not as bad as straight up the side! 
Banc Llechwedd Mawr
We were well into the Activation Zone when I decided that I’d better give Viki a call as they wanted to be heading down and up to MW-001 (Pen Pumlumon Fawr). To my surprise Gerald came back with an s2s call but not only that he then said ‘stand by’ for Simon who was also on the summit with him…thanks both.  Incidentally, with these s2s Gerald got his 1000 points ‘Shack Sloth’ all from his activations and Simon got his 1000 points silver award for S2S…well done both.  Minutes later Rod and Viki were in the log and John and I had qualified the summit.
14:10z
MW0WML/P
144MHz
FM
Gerald s2s
14:12z
GW4TJC/P
144MHz
FM
Simon s2s
14:14z
MW6BWA/P
144MHz
FM
Viki s2s
14:16z
MW0JLA/P
144MHz
FM
Rod s2s
14:17z
MW6BWA/P
433MHz
FM
Viki s2s 70cms
Banc Llechwedd Mawr summit cairn
Getting ready to activate on Banc Llechwedd Mawr
We only set up the HF antenna on the summit and with a few calls and a spot by John we made a total of six shared contacts so thanks to those chasers who made the log and gave us both signal reports.
14:49z
GW4CQZ
5MHz
SSB
Martyn
14:50z
G6TUH
5MHz
SSB
Mike
14:52z
G4AFI
5MHz
SSB
Andrew
14:53z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don
14:54z
G4IAR
5MHz
SSB
Dave
14:56z
G4OBK
5MHz
SSB
Phil

Final leg of the journey...back to the car at Maesnant
It was getting cold so we made our way off the mountain looking for Rod and Viki as we made the steep descent. We spotted them as they made their way up….two black dots on the side of Pumlumon Fach. 
Looking towards MW-001..can you see them?
It gradually got warmer as we dropped into the valley and just after we had crossed the bridge I had a call from Viki saying that they were aborting their ascent to MW-001 as time was very much against them as after the activation they would be coming off the mountain in the dark. We all met up at Maesnant and had a ‘SOTA party’ of tea and biscuits....
Find of the day..John found this Bike chain rivet removal tool
Get that brew on John..vintage stove
Our routes today
Thanks everybody for an enjoyable day apart from those horrible mountain slopes. :) We walked 11.26km (6.75 miles) today.

My activation set up:-  (HF) Yaesu FT817 (5 watts) (4Ah LiPo), 3 band link dipole (60/40/20 (VHF) Yaesu FT270 (5watts) into a ‘cable tie’ dipole.. Antenna support - 7m Fishing pole.
Thanks everyone for the contacts and spots

73 Allan GW4VPX and John MW0XOT

Thursday, 25 February 2016

GW/SW-009 and GW/SW-015

The classic double

GW/SW-009 and GW/SW-015

Mynydd Troed and Mynydd Llangorse

24/02/2016

We parked at SO 16072830. Make sure you arrive early as there is very limited space. This is a classic double as you can activate  Mynydd Troed first then come back to the car for a bite to eat then head up to Mynydd Llangorse. Do these in winter bonus time and you will earn 12 points.
On the way up
Llangorse lake and Pen y Fan in the distance
Val on the 'steps'
Get's easier
Mynydd Troed
No spot just a quick call on 5.398.5 brought Rod and Bill to the log then a steady stream of chasers once I had been spotted. I had some nice chats with most of them…60m was really working well today.
11:09z
G4WSB
5MHz
SSB
Bill
11:09z
M0JLA
5MHz
SSB
Rod
11:10z
G8MIA
5MHz
SSB
Andy
11:10z
G0ELJ
5MHz
SSB
Dave
11:11z
G7BGA
5MHz
SSB
Geoffrey
11:12z
G8ADD
5MHz
SSB
Brian
11:12z
G0TDM
5MHz
SSB
John
11:13z
G0VWP
5MHz
SSB
Terry
11:14z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don
11:17z
G1BLJ
5MHz
SSB
Steve
11:18z
G4IAR
5MHz
SSB
Dave
11:18z
M0MPM
5MHz
SSB
Michiel
11:19z
G0HRT
5MHz
SSB
Rob

Just below the trig and out of the wind
Time to move on and I announced a QSY to 40m once I had changed the links. A text with a frequency and then a spot from Mike G6TUH enabled me to get going quickly…thanks Mike. I think I had landed on a frequency next to Phil OBK who was in Scotland and he soon pounced on me for the s2s…thanks Phil. A nice orderly pile-up followed with a chance to have a few words with most of the stations including many WAB chasers who wanted the Trig and the square…thanks everyone.. a very pleasurable visit to 40m
11:28z
G6TUH
7MHz
SSB
Mike
11:34z
GM4OBK/P
7MHz
SSB
Phil s2s
11:36z
G0TDM
7MHz
SSB
John
11:36z
G4WSB
7MHz
SSB
Bill
11:37z
G4IAR
7MHz
SSB
Dave
11:37z
GW0HGP
7MHz
SSB
Lonan
11:37z
ON6ZQ
7MHz
SSB
Christophe
11:38z
M6RUG
7MHz
SSB
Dave
11:38z
G0VWP
7MHz
SSB
Terry
11:38z
EA2CKX
7MHz
SSB
Pedro
11:39z
G0ELJ
7MHz
SSB
Dave
11:40z
G4SQA
7MHz
SSB
Dave
11:40z
G4WHA/A
7MHz
SSB
Geoff
11:41z
MM3PDM/M
7MHz
SSB
Peter
11:41z
G0FEX
7MHz
SSB
Ken
11:41z
PC2D
7MHz
SSB
Frank
11:42z
PA0SKP
7MHz
SSB
Sake
11:43z
G0RQL
7MHz
SSB
Don
11:43z
GW7MMG
7MHz
SSB
Phil
11:44z
2E0GBK
7MHz
SSB
John
11:45z
G0EVV
7MHz
SSB
David
11:45z
GW6DGU
7MHz
SSB
Roy
11:46z
G4GEW
7MHz
SSB
Peter
11:47z
M3FEH
7MHz
SSB
Karl
11:47z
G0GWY
7MHz
SSB
Geoff
11:48z
GM0FGI
7MHz
SSB
Tom
11:48z
G4APO
7MHz
SSB
Roland
11:49z
GB2IWM
7MHz
SSB
Colin
11:50z
G7BGA
7MHz
SSB
Geoffrey
11:51z
MK0ZGY
7MHz
SSB
Gerry
11:51z
G0HRT
7MHz
SSB
Rob
11:54z
2E0KVJ
7MHz
SSB
David
11:54z
G4TML
7MHz
SSB
Barry
11:55z
EI2KD
7MHz
SSB
Rodney
11:55z
ON4EM
7MHz
SSB
Manuel
Time to pack up but not before taking pictures of the two gliders that had been flying around during the activation including a ‘wing waggle’ from the tow plane as he sped down to the airfield in response to my wave…great stuff :)
Air display
Mynydd Llangorse
Val and I were on target for getting on to Llangorse at my alerted time so a quick coffee and something to eat back at the car ensured some extra energy for the steep climb into the activation zone. 
'Been there,done that'..Mynydd Troed across the valley
Llangorse Lake and PyF on our way up
As we approached the activation zone I looked at my watch and made a decision to head for the trig which is 1.5km to the south of the North edge of the SOTA AZ…well worth the effort on such a glorious day.
The trig on Mynydd Llangorse..Pen y Fan in the distance
It was a busy summit so I set up a few meters away from the trig with a low wall/hedge to protect us from a cold Northerly wind. As I set up I was amazed to hear Pete GW4ISJ/p calling me from Waun Fach SW-002 so thanks Pete for that unexpected s2s…. I suppose we could have waved at each other as well if we had binoculars :) 
Waun Fach GW/SW-002 behind me
As soon as I was finished with Pete I went straight to 5.398.5 with Brian G8ADD giving me the all clear and that the frequency was mine…thanks Brian for the QSO. Next in was Colin (G8TMV) using the callsign of GB2IWM who seems to be making a habit of chasing me from the Imperial War Museum…thanks Colin. Once again a run of regular chasers  with some chasing the trig and square including Dave G4IAR who is having great fun with his new 60m dipole.
14:00z
GW4ISJ/P
144MHz
FM
Pete s2s
14:06z
G8ADD
5MHz
SSB
Brian
14:07z
GB2IWM
5MHz
SSB
Colin
14:08z
G4IAR
5MHz
SSB
Dave
14:08z
G7BGA
5MHz
SSB
Geoffrey
14:09z
G0VWP
5MHz
SSB
Terry
14:09z
EI9GLB
5MHz
SSB
Jim
14:10z
G0TDM
5MHz
SSB
John
14:10z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don
14:10z
G4WSB
5MHz
SSB
Bill
14:11z
G0EVV
5MHz
SSB
David
14:11z
G4AFI
5MHz
SSB
Andrew
14:12z
GW6OVD
5MHz
SSB
Mal
14:13z
G0WFH
5MHz
SSB
Christopher

Pile-up
It was soon time to move to 40m and once again Mike sent me a frequency and I was away again with a nice pile-up. I did have the linear ready as I thought the band might have changed but it was not needed..cracking signals from everyone. Once again Phil OBK called me from Scotland for an s2s. Today our activations were coinciding nicely which does not happen often. Phil was complaining that it was snowing so I promptly replied that he should have been in Wales enjoying the sunshine :)…thanks Phil.
14:19z
G6TUH
7MHz
SSB
Mike
14:20z
M0JLA
7MHz
SSB
Rod
14:21z
G0ELJ
7MHz
SSB
Dave
14:22z
G4IAR
7MHz
SSB
Dave
14:22z
G0VWP
7MHz
SSB
Terry
14:23z
G0SLR
7MHz
SSB
Roy
14:24z
GM4OBK/P
7MHz
SSB
Phil s2s
14:25z
DK7ZH
7MHz
SSB
Manfred
14:25z
G0TDM
7MHz
SSB
John
14:26z
2E0SCS
7MHz
SSB
Stephen
14:26z
G0FEX
7MHz
SSB
Ken
14:27z
G4TSQ/P
7MHz
SSB
Mike
14:27z
G0WFH
7MHz
SSB
Christopher
14:28z
EA2CKX
7MHz
SSB
Pedro
14:28z
G0FVH
7MHz
SSB
David
14:28z
G4WYL/P
7MHz
SSB
Christine
14:29z
MM3PDM
7MHz
SSB
Peter
14:30z
ON7MD
7MHz
SSB
Michel
14:30z
HB9MKV
7MHz
SSB
Rudi
14:30z
DF5WA
7MHz
SSB
Berthold
14:31z
G0RQL
7MHz
SSB
Don
14:31z
G4WHA/A
7MHz
SSB
Geoff
14:31z
M6RUG
7MHz
SSB
Dave
14:33z
GW7MMG
7MHz
SSB
Phil
14:33z
G4WSB
7MHz
SSB
Bill
14:34z
F4VRF
7MHz
SSB
Alan
14:35z
2E0KVJ
7MHz
SSB
David
14:35z
EI2KD
7MHz
SSB
Rodney
14:37z
SM7DIE
7MHz
SSB
Tore
14:37z
GW4BKG
7MHz
SSB
Steve
14:39z
G7HEM
7MHz
SSB
Mike
14:40z
GW6DGU
7MHz
SSB
Roy
14:41z
G3XKT/M
7MHz
SSB
Tony
14:44z
G0TRB
7MHz
SSB
Roger
14:44z
M6YSO
7MHz
SSB
Mike
14:45z
MU0GSY
7MHz
SSB
Lionel
14:46z
G0GWY
7MHz
SSB
Geoff
It was a busy but enjoyable half hour and I soon filled a few pages in the log book. I had quite a few late callers until I finally made an announcement that I was pulling the plug…thanks everybody for another enjoyable activation.
Looking back at the trig
Heading back..Mynydd Troed in the distance
Heading back...car in the valley below
End of a perfect activation

My activation set up:-  (HF) Yaesu FT817 (5 watts) (4Ah LiPo), 3 band link dipole (60/40/20)  (VHF) Yaesu FT270 (5watts) 

Thanks everyone for the contacts and spots

73 Allan GW4VPX