Tuesday, 5 September 2017

G/CE-001 - Cleeve Hill & G/WB-023 - Hegdon Hill

G/CE-001 - Cleeve Hill & G/WB-023 - Hegdon Hill

02/09/2017

On our way to Warwick

This was the weekend of the Telford Hamfest  so we decided to visit Rhodri,  go to the Hamfest and activate a few summits and try and get some more completes (activate and chase).   Cleeve Hill is a very easy summit so I decided to pack the FT857 and some folding chairs.  We parked at the parking place near the Comms Towers (SO 994248) and walked some 200m in a South Easterly direction and set up near the Trig. 

On our way to the Trig in the distance
I set a spot up for 2m and first in the log was David GW3RDQ/p with an s2s from Mynydd Troed....thanks David for that surprise. Despite many calls only another 3 made my log so I quickly moved to 60m which brought the usual run of chasers .  
A very comfortable activation
No breakthrough from the Comms towers
I hadn’t realised that there was a Field day on HF so my visit to 40m was short lived as the only contact I made was with Miroslav telling me that the contest  QRM on his side was making it difficult to hear me..that was my one and only contact despite turning the wick up on the 857.  Back to 2m and Stuart and Matt were booming in from Cheltenham but despite another spot by Stuart there were no takers….
12:22z
GW3RDQ/P
144MHz
FM
David s2s
12:27z
2E0LJZ
144MHz
FM
Matt
12:32z
2E1CAF
144MHz
FM
Sven
12:34z
M0JEA
144MHz
FM
Martin
12:42z
M0BKV
5MHz
SSB
Damian
12:43z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don
12:44z
M0NTC
5MHz
SSB
Gez
12:45z
G0VWP
5MHz
SSB
Terry
12:45z
G0TDM
5MHz
SSB
John
12:46z
M0MDA
5MHz
SSB
Mick
12:46z
G8VNW
5MHz
SSB
Nick
12:47z
G0TNF
5MHz
SSB
Michael
13:08z
OK1DVM
7MHz
SSB
Miroslav
13:31z
G0LGS
144MHz
FM
Stuart
13:34z
2E0MDJ
144MHz
FM
Matt

Telford Hamfest 2017
I spent so much time rummaging and talking to fellow SOTA enthusiasts that I forgot to take any pictures…very enjoyable visit..down in the diary for next year :)

G/WB-023 – Hegdon Hill

04/09/2017

On our way home

This is a drive on summit and in the words of many other activators ‘one that I will not be returning to’.   I set up by the gate in the farm lane at SO 585539 (see Phil G4OBK’s blog http://catterblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/a-welsh-borders-road-trip-doing-sota_14.html )  in order to take advantage of bagging the Trig which was over the hedge in the field behind me.  Another disappointing activation as the bands were not behaving although I did manage to grab a few s2s so thanks to Christophe, Esther and Ian for making that possible.  Once again the wick was turned up on the FT 857…some reports were 5/9+ whilst others could barely hear me.  It began spitting with rain so I didn’t hang around as we had quite a long journey ahead of us..thanks to everyone that made my log.

11:40z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don
11:42z
G4WHA/A
5MHz
SSB
Geoff
11:43z
G0FEX
5MHz
SSB
Ken
11:44z
G0TDM
5MHz
SSB
John
11:44z
M0BKV
5MHz
SSB
Damian
11:45z
G4IAR
5MHz
SSB
Dave
11:45z
M0TVU
5MHz
SSB
Paul
11:46z
GW0PLP
5MHz
SSB
Don
11:50z
G0SKA
7MHz
SSB
Charles
11:58z
DL1CR/P
7MHz
SSB
Christoph s2s
12:00z
GW3XHG
7MHz
SSB
David
12:05z
G0TDM
7MHz
SSB
John
12:07z
MW0CND
7MHz
SSB
Martin
12:07z
GI8SKN
7MHz
SSB
David
12:08z
G0FEX
7MHz
SSB
Ken
12:09z
DJ5AV
7MHz
SSB
Michael
12:14z
G0AZA/P
5MHz
SSB
Esther s2s
12:15z
G0AZB/P
5MHz
SSB
Ian s2s
12:16z
M0JLA
5MHz
SSB
Rod
12:22z
G4WTF
144MHz
FM
Ian

Hegdon Trig in the distance taken from a gate just off the main tarmac road.

Activation set up:-  (HF) Yaesu FT857 (22Ah 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

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

GW/MW-015 - Bryn Amlwg

GW/MW-015 - Bryn Amlwg

28/08/2017

More s2s hopefully  (see previous blog..Garreg Hir in the morning)

Bryn Amlwg is situated in a wind farm with some 60+ generators whirring away and boy were they noisy today. I parked the car at SN 930958 and headed North down what seemed like a fairly new road then up to pick up the various bridle and other paths that were showing on the map...1.7miles to summit.  
My GPS track
Park here at SN 930958..Val is heading for the gate to take us North.
Head North through the gate ..no Private signs visible...new road
Heading up towards wind farm at SN 925962
Trig on the horizon
There was a strong breeze and the turbines were all working hard with the occasional clunks breaking up the wind noise. I started the activation with a surprise s2s with Rob MW0VFC/p who was on Eilidir Fawr so thanks Rob for the valuable points…he was hoping to activate Snowdon later… 60m was working well and a good run of chasers made my log…thanks everyone.
Now where does this plug into ?
12:26z
MW0FVC/P
144MHz
FM
Rob s2s
12:33z
EI3GYB
5MHz
SSB
Michael
12:34z
G0FEX
5MHz
SSB
Ken
12:35z
G0RQL
5MHz
SSB
Don
12:37z
EI9GLB
5MHz
SSB
Jim
12:38z
G4TJC
5MHz
SSB
Simon
12:40z
EI8DY
5MHz
SSB
Joe
12:42z
GM0AXY
5MHz
SSB
Ken
12:43z
GM4YMM
5MHz
SSB
Christine
12:45z
G1PGY
5MHz
SSB
Colin
12:46z
G4OBK
5MHz
SSB
Phil
12:47z
G0EVV
5MHz
SSB
David
12:48z
M0WBG
5MHz
SSB
Neil
I quickly moved on to 40m but this band had changed from the my morning session (Garreg Hir) and the chasers soon dried up nevertheless it was nice to get so many in the log.
13:00z
DJ5AV
7MHz
SSB
Michael
13:02z
EA2LU
7MHz
SSB
Jorge
13:03z
DL3HXX
7MHz
SSB
Lothar
13:04z
EA2DT
7MHz
SSB
Manuel
13:04z
OM1AX
7MHz
SSB
Vlado
13:04z
IN3ADF
7MHz
SSB
Markus
13:05z
DF5WA
7MHz
SSB
Berthold
By the Trig
Now Tom and Jimmy were due on Moel Hebog GW/NW-014  but I noticed that they had changed their activation time which was a little later than planned…Val and I would have to hang around for a while to pick up some more s2s points and as the sun had decided to show itself  it was now quite a pleasant afternoon.  I decide to attack 20m….quite a pile-up really :)
Dwarfed by the pylon
13:15z
SV2OXS
14MHz
SSB
Christos
13:16z
SP6JBF
14MHz
SSB
Jacek
13:20z
DR60VKL
14MHz
SSB
Peter - Clubstation
13:20z
IZ5RKL
14MHz
SSB
Matteo
13:21z
DL6ATM
14MHz
SSB
Wilfried
13:21z
OE8SPW
14MHz
SSB
Paul
13:22z
F1PSX
14MHz
SSB
Jean-Yves
13:23z
SP3HDU
14MHz
SSB
Janusz
13:24z
EA4FVT
14MHz
SSB
Diego
13:25z
DL8DXL
14MHz
SSB
Fred
13:25z
DL/KI6EAB
14MHz
SSB
John
13:26z
OE3IPU
14MHz
SSB
Gottfried
13:26z
IZ5CPK
14MHz
SSB
Renato
13:26z
F4HPZ/P
14MHz
SSB
13:27z
ON7ZM
14MHz
SSB
Jean Pierre
13:27z
OK1CZ
14MHz
SSB
Petr
13:28z
DD5LD
14MHz
SSB
Ed
13:29z
F5LMK
14MHz
SSB
Schmidt
13:29z
SV1JMC
14MHz
SSB
Vasilis
13:30z
YO6CFB
14MHz
SSB
Lacy Laszlo
13:30z
S56IHX
14MHz
SSB
Marjan
The band went quiet…perhaps the chasers dried up or my batteries were running low…not sure  what happened  so I decide to call on 2m with a spot to help me along. Only one chaser in the log but it also eventually brought Tom to my attention to say that Jimmy would be on the summit shortly and he wasn’t too far behind…thanks both for the contacts.
13:43z
G4IZZ/P
144MHz
FM
Mike
13:50z
MW0HGY/P
144MHz
FM
Jimmy s2s
14:08z
MW1EYP/P
144MHz
FM
Tom s2s
Apart from the wind turbines Bryn Amlwg is an easy summit especially if you have a bike as the link roads are all nice and smooth……

Activation set up:-  (HF) Yaesu FT817 (4Ah LiPo), UK-MX 50M linear (for 817) and (4Ah LiPo) Antenna - 3 band link dipole (60/40/20 (+15m extensions +80m loading coils),            (VHF)  Yaesu FT270 (5watts) into a ‘cable tie’ dipole Kenwood TH-F7 for 70cms 
Antenna support - 7m Fishing pole.

Thanks everyone for the contacts

73 Allan GW4VPX