Wednesday, 28 June 2017

G/LD-58 Arnside Knott

G/LD-58 Arnside Knott
  
21/06/2017

Painful activation

Val and I had intended to activate quite a few SOTA summits whilst we were staying in Carnforth but I had incurred a work related back injury which prevented further SOTA summits after a painful Arnside Knott activation…on the mend now I hope....
Plenty of tracks to the summit from the car park at SD 449773
Plenty of room to park
Welcome to Arnside Knott
Trig in view.....it would soon be raining
Only  4 contacts on 2m despite a second spot from Mark M6VMS so I quickly moved on to the KX2 and 60m without having to get up
10:14z
M0LKB
144MHz
FM
Andrew
10:17z
M6VMS
144MHz
FM
Mark
10:18z
G7OEM
144MHz
FM
Tony
10:18z
G4RQJ
144MHz
FM
Rob
Conditions were difficult but I was delighted that 11 chasers made my log with those from EI and GI being the strongest.
10:32z
GW3UEP
5MHz
SSB
Roger
10:35z
M0JLA
5MHz
SSB
Rod
10:36z
EI3GYB
5MHz
SSB
Michael
10:37z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don
10:37z
GW0PLP
5MHz
SSB
Don
10:37z
G7BGA
5MHz
SSB
Geoffrey
10:38z
EI9GLB
5MHz
SSB
Jim
10:40z
G0VWP
5MHz
SSB
Terry
10:41z
G0FVH
5MHz
SSB
David
10:43z
G4IAR
5MHz
SSB
Dave
10:46z
GI4ONL/P
5MHz
SSB
Victor
Bothy bag deployed as it was raining
With my back really hurting now I thought I would give 40m a go and sure enough I had 4 contacts starting with my friend Roger who lives only a few miles away from my home QTH.  Karl M4FEH was next up with his 10 watts followed by Don RQL with a 5/7 each way.  Andrew G4AFI finally made my log after a few long signal report exchanges.  Sadly Rob PA0B and Mike DJ5AV never completed with me as our signals were suffering some deep QSB…sorry.
10:55z
GW3UEP
7MHz
SSB
Roger
10:58z
M3FEH
7MHz
SSB
Karl
11:00z
G0RQL
7MHz
SSB
Don
11:01z
G4AFI
7MHz
SSB
Andrew

Towards Grange over Sands
Towards Morecambe Bay


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

Thanks everyone for the contacts

73 Allan GW4VPX

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Internal Fire Museum of Power

Internal Fire Museum of Power - GB2MOP

08/06/2017


The Internal Fire Museum of Power had opened up their doors at 7:30pm on the 8th of June to the Aberystwyth and District Amateur Radio Society …I was one of the 16 members that attended ..it turned out to be a very enjoyable evening. 
Members of ADARS watching the Allen  3S47 being started

Petter 15hp Atomic two stroke diesel
Many of the engines were operational although the highlight of the evening for me was seeing their new exhibition of commercial radio equipment that were installed in ships and to see John Lawrence’s collection of valves that had been donated to the museum and located in the Radio Exhibition. 
The valve collection
A small selection of the valves on show
Morse keys on display
A 'Have a go at cw' and Titanic display
A ship's radio room
Lloyd 2W0LLT tuning in the Rhode & Schwarz HF transceiver built into the RACAL rack and fired up when the special event callsign GB2MOP is used on the HF bands.

The museum is worth a visit and details can be found on their website. Follow the link below:-


73 Allan GW4VPX


Friday, 9 June 2017

GW/SW-011 Sugar Loaf

GW/SW-011 Sugar Loaf

03/06/2017

Quick activation

Tasos M6VAR sent me an e-mail to say he was coming up to SW from London on Friday afternoon and could we do an easy summit on Saturday.  He was having problems with a leg injury so wanted something easy..Sugar Loaf was ideal and I hadn't activated this year.

My GPS track
On our way

11:10z
MW0ZVR/M
144MHz
FM
Barry, Mobile nr Crickhowell
11:12z
G7BGA
144MHz
FM
Geoffrey, Ruyton
11:13z
G0EYO
144MHz
FM
Chris, Birmingham
11:16z
G0LGS
144MHz
FM
Stuart, Cheltenham
11:25z
G0VNZ
144MHz
FM
John, Stratford Upon Avon
11:28z
G8WSM/P
144MHz
FM
Martin, Weston S Mare, Special event
11:33z
M1EYP/P
144MHz
FM
Tom s2s, The Cloud G/SP-015

We shared the contacts and as Tasos wanted to start back early this was a quick activation using only 2m.  It was a bonus and a surprise to get Tom M1EYP/p in the log for our one and only summit to summit.
Busy summit...we shared the contacts on 2m

Our activation set up:-  (VHF) Yaesu FT270 (5watts) into a ‘cable tie’ dipole, Antenna support - 7m Fishing pole.
Thanks everyone for the contacts


73 Allan GW4VPX & Tasos MW6VAR

Friday, 2 June 2017

GW/NW-023 Rhinog Fawr

GW/NW-023 Rhinog Fawr

31/05/2017

Finishing off the SOTA Rhinogs

This would be an unique and a complete for me but it would mean an early start.  I had chosen the East approach as this is easy to reach from home.  With plenty of water on board we made our way towards the summit with the sun shining...it would soon change on summit.
My GPS track
Follow the road from the car park and past Graig Ddu -isaf on your right
Turn right at SH 679298 and follow sign for Bwlch Tyddiad and Pistyll Gwyn
Rhinog Fawr towering above
Couple of these on the way up
Turn left (South) here SH 660299
Track to  Llyn Du..mixture of boulders and heather
Heading up towards Llyn Du
There are two possible routes to the summit from Llyn Du, one is a scramble up the scree  and the other is a hard slog up along the wall. We opted for the ‘slog along the wall’ ... 
East edge of Llyn Du
Val boulder hopping along the North edge of Llyn Du heading for the wall
Looking back at Llyn Du and climbing up alongside the wall
Gloyw Lyn below and Snowdon range towards the North
Llyn Cwm Bychan and Roman steps to the left
Llyn Hywel nestling between Rhinog Fach and Y Llethr GW/NW-017
Moelfre GW/NW-041 and Cwm Nantcol
We reached a deserted sunny summit but the weather was not looking good towards the West.  The activation would be short and sweet.  
Listening on 2m for any final calls
We had the best cairn on the summit...Moelfre in the background GW/NW-041
By the time I had finished on 2m the summit was busy with all the cairns full of hill walkers taking a break. 
 Other cairns occupied now
12:23z
GW4XXF
144MHz
FM
Bruce
12:24z
MW0WEE
144MHz
FM
Andy
12:26z
MW0UPH
144MHz
FM
Aled
12:26z
EI9GLB
144MHz
FM
Jim
12:29z
M0TYM/P
144MHz
FM
Alistair s2s
12:32z
2W0STO
144MHz
FM
John
12:32z
M0CQE
144MHz
FM
Paul
12:34z
G7BGA
144MHz
FM
Geoffrey
12:35z
GW4ZPL/P
144MHz
FM
John
12:39z
G7BGA
5MHz
SSB
Geoffrey
12:42z
G8ADD
5MHz
SSB
12:44z
G4IAR
5MHz
SSB
Dave
12:45z
G4AFI
5MHz
SSB
Andrew
12:47z
G8XYJ
5MHz
SSB
Matt
12:47z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don
12:53z
MM/W6PNG
7MHz
SSB
Paul s2s
12:54z
G6TUH
7MHz
SSB
Mike
12:55z
MM3PDM
7MHz
SSB
Peter
12:56z
G0RQL
7MHz
SSB
Don
12:58z
G0FEX
7MHz
SSB
Ken
12:59z
GI0AZA
7MHz
SSB
Esther
13:00z
DJ5AV
7MHz
SSB
Mike
It was great to get an s2s with Alistair from Pendle Hill and thanks to a ‘heads up’ from Don G0RQL I was able to get  Pau lMM/W6PNG on Lamberton Hill in Scotland…he is over here from the USA...thanks...

By the time I was finishing on 40m it was time to put the weather proofs on as the mist and the rain rolled in from the sea.  Great day despite the weather turning a little damp :)
Leaving a misty and wet summit...Val heading down hill

My activation set up:-  (HF) Elecraft KX2 (4Ah LiPo), Antenna - 3 band link dipole (60/40/20 (+15m extensions +80m loading coils),  (VHF) Yaesu FT270 (5watts) into a ‘cable tie’ dipole, Antenna support - 7m Fishing pole.
Thanks everyone for the contacts

73 Allan GW4VPX