Friday, 2 December 2016

GW/MW-005 Llan Ddu Fawr

Winter Bonus time once more

GW/MW-005 Llan Ddu Fawr

1/12/2016

We just had to get out today as it was the first day of Winter Bonus...yeah.

 My GPS track
Our car...parked by the cattle grid
I parked the car at SN784683 and as we had already kitted up at home we were away quite quickly so that we could get my friend  Emyr 2W0MWM/p for an s2s from Fan Nedd.  The best time to hit this summit is when the boggy bits are frozen and I can tell you there are quite a few of them here.  It was -2 degrees C when we left the car and as we have had a cold snap down here the boggy bits were well and truly solid....but, the sun was shining :)
No 'boggy bits' today....keep the fence on your left for the first part of your journey
 As I was approaching the final kick up to the summit I was taken by surprise by a ‘CQ SOTA’ call from Bill GW4WSB/p on Waun Fach GW/SW-002 so I gave him a quick call to let him know I would be on summit in about  10 minutes..he replied that he would wait for me.  Standing outside the Cairn I exchanged details with Bill for my first s2s of the day with a bonus chaser contact with Don G0RQL as we managed to find the ‘sweet spot’  to make the trip to my FT270 handheld..well I was facing Devon :)…thanks both.  
Still not set up....s2s with Emyr
I still hadn’t set up when I heard Emyr calling from Fan Nedd GW/SW-007 so  he was soon in the log followed by a brief chat …diolch Ems. It always pays dividends to keep monitoring 2m on your way up to a summit.
09:52z
GW4WSB/P
144MHz
FM
Bill s2s
09:52z
G0RQL
144MHz
FM
Don
10:02z
2W0MWM/P
144MHz
FM
Emyr s2s + TP3108

I quickly set up by attaching the pole with bungees to the trig and with a self-spot up using RRT I was quickly into a nice pile-up on 60m. Val meanwhile was kept busy taking a few photographs most of which are shown on the blog but eventually sat down and enjoyed the sunshine :)….thanks Val.
Self-spot on RRT
Towards Claerwen and the Elan Valley
10:24z
M0JLA
5MHz
SSB
Rod
10:25z
G8VNW
5MHz
SSB
Nick
10:26z
G0VWP
5MHz
SSB
Terry
10:26z
PA7ZEE
5MHz
SSB
Geert
10:26z
GI4ONL
5MHz
SSB
Victor
10:28z
PA0B
5MHz
SSB
Rob
10:28z
G0FVH
5MHz
SSB
David
10:29z
GW6DGU
5MHz
SSB
Roy
10:30z
G4IAR
5MHz
SSB
Dave
10:31z
G8ADD
5MHz
SSB
Brian
10:32z
EI9GLB
5MHz
SSB
Jim
10:33z
GW6OVD
5MHz
SSB
Mal
10:34z
PA0SKP
5MHz
SSB
Sake
I could hear Ian GW4WTF/p calling ‘CQ SOTA’ on 2m  so as soon as the chasers dried up on 60m I gave him a call for my third s2s of the day. He was on Ysgyryd Fawr GW/SW-016….thanks Ian.
10:34z
GW4WTF/P
144MHz
FM
Ian s2s

Busy in the air today....on their way to America
F15...from America...on our way up
I started my visit to 40m by calling in on the WAB net to give them the Trig and square. The band was not behaving with continental QSOs making conditions difficult,  nevertheless I managed 9 contacts with many thankful for the new Square.  
GW4VPX...on the air
It was like this last year...brrrr
I announced a QSY and a further 13 regular SOTA chasers made my log finishing with a brief contact with Emyr once more who was way down in the noise….a few more final calls and it was time to pull the plug before we got too cold.
10:45z
G4SQA
7MHz
SSB
Dave
10:46z
MM0GGI
7MHz
SSB
John
10:47z
MK3FEH
7MHz
SSB
Karl
10:47z
MM3PDM/M
7MHz
SSB
Peter
10:48z
G4DUE
7MHz
SSB
Adrian
10:50z
GM0FGI
7MHz
SSB
Tom
10:50z
GM0OTS
7MHz
SSB
Bill
10:52z
G1OCN
7MHz
SSB
Dave
10:52z
ON5SWA
7MHz
SSB
Francois
11:03z
M0MDA
7MHz
SSB
Mick
11:03z
G6TUH
7MHz
SSB
Mike
11:04z
DL2HWI
7MHz
SSB
Dietmar
11:05z
G0HRT
7MHz
SSB
Rob
11:06z
M0IML
7MHz
SSB
Barry
11:07z
EA2CKX
7MHz
SSB
Pedro
11:07z
G4IAR
7MHz
SSB
Dave
11:09z
DK7ZH
7MHz
SSB
Manfred
11:09z
G7AFM
7MHz
SSB
Phil
11:10z
EI8FI
7MHz
SSB
Kevin
11:11z
G4HXC
7MHz
SSB
David
11:11z
M0WBG
7MHz
SSB
Neil
11:13z
M0NTC
7MHz
SSB
Gez
11:14z
2W0MWM/P
7MHz
SSB
Emyr s2s diff band

Cup of Coffee before starting our way down hill...just listening on 2m :)
The Teify Pools...on our way down

My activation set up:-  (HF) Yaesu FT817 (5 watts) (4Ah LiPo) using 12V 4 Ah LiPO battery,  3 band link dipole (60/40/20 (+15m+80m extensions),  (VHF) Yaesu FT270 (5watts) into a ‘cable tie’ dipole.. Antenna support - 7m Fishing pole.

Thanks everyone for the contacts
73 Allan GW4VPX