Monday, 5 April 2021

GW/MW-004 – Pen y Garn

 

GW/MW-004 – Pen y Garn

1/04/2021

Very windy conditions today

I parked at SN785752 (plenty of room for several cars) then once kitted up I went to look at the option of taking the track from SN783752 but that gate was chained. I decided to walk up the road and follow the PROW from SN790752 which was a good option. There is another option of walking a little further along the road to SN791753 and use the track that Phil G4OBK used a few years ago.

My GPS track
Summit lost in the mist

There is always a breeze on a mountain but I hadn’t bargained for such strong winds and vicious gusts today.  Anyway, it was a successful activation and I easily qualified the summit on 2m in 6 minutes so thank you everybody.

Hadn't expected it to be quite so windy - 4m antenna

It was good to meet up once again with chasers that I hadn’t heard from in a while and surprise contacts like the one from Matt G8XYJ using the Wooferton Transmitting Station callsign…I just knew the voice but couldn’t make a connection…good fun…thanks Matt.

We have some keen ‘new’ chasers appearing and it was nice to get Richard MW0RHX in my log first and later Ben 2W0BML who also let my friend Aled MW0UPH know that I was around…thanks everyone. 

Nice to hear Bill MW0BYS getting back on the air with tales of antennas that had been destroyed in the gales.  Icing on the cake today was a call from fellow ‘Mountain Goat’ Karen 2E0XYL up on the Wirral…difficult but we made the contact…thanks Karen.

 

09:25

MW0RHX

144MHz

FM

Richard

09:28

MW0VKD

144MHz

FM

Kevin

09:30

M0WOF

144MHz

FM

Matt, Woofferton Transmitting Station

09:31

MW0OFA

144MHz

FM

Frank

09:33

GW4XXF

144MHz

FM

Bruce

09:34

2W0LVE

144MHz

FM

Chris

09:35

GW0PLP

144MHz

FM

Don

09:39

2E0XYL

144MHz

FM

Karen

09:40

2W0BML

144MHz

FM

Ben

09:46

MW0UPH

144MHz

FM

Aled

09:49

MW0BYS

144MHz

FM

Bill

09:52

M0OVW

144MHz

FM

Gillian at Woofferton Tx St.

09:57

GW4OUU

144MHz

FM

David

09:58

2W0LLJ

144MHz

FM

Jenny

09:58

GW0JAI

144MHz

FM

Glyn

09:59

MW0VLO

144MHz

FM

Barry

10:01

MW0XOT

144MHz

FM

John

10:02

GW4TQD

144MHz

FM

John

10:04

M0GQW

144MHz

FM

Edward

10:07

GW4ZHI

144MHz

FM

Bryn

Trying to smile!

Usually a nice view from here

4m was not a success today and I think it was due to the strong wind at times pushing my antenna over to 45 degrees. The three that did make my log were 5/9 signals with similar reports on my replies.

10:22

GW4ZHI

70MHz

FM

Bryn

10:23

MW0OFA

70MHz

FM

Frank

10:30

MW0VLO

70MHz

FM

Barry


I gave up on HF as I had trouble standing outside the cairn trying to set up the antenna so apologies to all who were waiting for me to appear…I did send a spot announcing my QRT. All being well I hope to be here at the end of the year to pick up my Winter Bonus points.

Best part of the day..not quite as the radio was also fun

Ready to leave

Back at the car for another warm drink...summit in the distance

My activation set-up

HF:- Elecraft KX2 (8 watts) and 4Ah LiPo

HF Antenna – End-Fed with loading coil for 80m

HF Antenna support – 6m Sotabeams Carbon Fibre Fishing pole

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VHF/4m Antenna support – 4m Life’s a Breeze Glass Fibre Fishing pole

(VHF) Yaesu FT270 2m-FM (5watts) into a ‘Slim G

4m-fm  rig:-  Wouxon KG-UV8G (7.5 watts) 

Thanks everyone for the contacts

73 Allan GW4VPX

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