Monday, 26 September 2016

GW/NW-074 & GW/NW-038

GW/NW-074 Craig y Castell

23/09/2016

I met up with David M0YDH at the Kings YHA at 9:00am and as David had spent the night there the Warden kindly allowed me a Pass to park my car at the Hostel.  It was an easy and pleasant walk up on to this one with David and I deep in conversation in the Welsh language stopping occasionally to take in the view  towards Cadair Idris and the surrounding mountains. 
My GPS Track
I was pleased that we could see Dolgellau way down in the valley which would mean I would get a phone signal so within 10 minutes or so and a spot with RRT we were active on 60m and soon qualified the summit with some shared contacts…thanks everyone.
Dolgellau in the valley below
GW4VPX/p with the Cadair Idris mountain range behind
09:34z
M0NTC
5MHz
SSB
Gez
09:39z
G3RMD
5MHz
SSB
Frank
09:41z
G4WSB
5MHz
SSB
Bill
09:41z
G0VWP
5MHz
SSB
Terry
09:42z
GW0PLP
5MHz
SSB
Don
09:42z
PA7ZEE
5MHz
SSB
Geert
09:43z
G0VOF
5MHz
SSB
Mark
09:50z
G4OIG
5MHz
SSB
Gerald
09:51z
G0TDM
5MHz
SSB
John
09:52z
GI0HWO
5MHz
SSB
John
09:54z
PA0SKP
5MHz
SSB
Sake
10:12z
OK2PDT/P
7MHz
SSB
Jan s2s
My Log

MW0YDH/p deep in QSO
I let David take over and changed the links for him to get on to 40m. He was very soon into an S2S so I was immediately by his side anxious for another 10 points from Jan on OK/PL-008 Polom :) Thanks Jan.
09:35z
M0MDA
5MHz
SSB
Mick Dailey, Leeds
09:37z
M0NTC
5MHz
SSB
Jez Bull, Netherton, Dudley
09:41z
G3RMD
5MHz
SSB
Frank Regan, Cheltenham
09:42z
G0VWP
5MHz
SSB
Terry Sayner, York
09:45z
G0VOF
5MHz
SSB
Mark Walmsley, Blackburn
09:47z
M0JLA
5MHz
SSB
Rod Archard, Hereford
09:48z
G8TMV
5MHz
SSB
Colin Tuckley, Cambridge
09:50z
G4WHA/M
5MHz
SSB
Geoff Harper in his shop in Penrith
09:51z
G0FEX
5MHz
SSB
Ken Porter, Leicester
10:02z
G6INU
7MHz
SSB
Doug, Sidcup
10:07z
M0IML
7MHz
SSB
Barry Vile, Dover
10:08z
EA2DZX
7MHz
SSB
Luis Baz Ladero, Bizkaia
10:10z
EA2CKX
7MHz
SSB
Pedro Jaureguialzo, OƱati Gipuzkoa
10:11z
HB9DHA
7MHz
SSB
Ray Siegrist, Zurich
10:14z
OK2PDT/P
7MHz
SSB
Jan Lavicka S2S OK/PL-008
10:16z
PA1BR
7MHz
SSB
Pascal Breugelsmans, Sprundel
10:17z
DJ9BX
7MHz
SSB
Michael Ahlgrimm, Krakow am See
10:18z
GM0AXY
7MHz
SSB
Ken Dons, Edinburgh
10:20z
PA2CVD
7MHz
SSB
Cor Verdult, Hoogerheide
10:21z
MI0RTY
7MHz
SSB
Martin Strawbridge, Coleraine
10:22z
M3FEH
7MHz
SSB
Karl Kruger, Saltash, Cornwall
10:23z
OK3KW
7MHz
SSB
Karel, Rakovnik
10:25z
EI2GHB
7MHz
SSB
Pat Thompson, Co. Cork

Towards cardigan Bay

Already, time was not on our side as we had the drive up to Trawsfynydd then the long walk up to Moel  Ysgyfarnogod in front of us. We could also feel the wind picking up and thought that it might be strong on NW-038 as the weather forecast had promised. We packed up quickly as soon as there were no further responses to David’s calls.

GW/NW-038  Moel Ysgyfarnogod
It’s  a long but pleasant walk for most of the way up to the summit with the final half  kilometre being rather a stiff climb. 
The GPS track for Moel Ysgyfarnogod
The gate at SH677342
Keep left of the plantation at SH669345
The strong breeze on Craig y Castell had now developed in to a gale on the summit of Moel Ysgyfarnogod and as we approached the trig the rain arrived…we dived behind the cairn next to the Trig and gave a call on 2m with my handheld.  Luckily the Ceredigion SOTA gang were listening and Don and Roy were soon in the log after I attached the cable tie dipole to the fishing pole and pushed it up just above the cairn…we took turns to hold the pole whilst sharing the contacts.  With a’ heads up’  from Don,   John ZPL/p was next in the log followed by Mike WMW near Dolgellau and Jim GLB from Co.Wexford.  It all went quiet on the band so with no improvement in the weather we decided to head back down with Don posting a spot to say we were not going on to HF…sorry.
Let's get off this mountain...David in charge of selfies :)
14:08z
GW0PLP
144MHz
FM
Don
14:09z
GW6DGU
144MHz
FM
Roy
14:13z
GW4ZPL/P
144MHz
FM
John
14:18z
MW6WMW
144MHz
FM
Mike
14:21z
EI9GLB
144MHz
FM
Jim
My Log
We were both intrigued with the excavations that abound on the hillside around Moel Ysgyfarnogod and it was a chance encounter back at the cars with a pair of hill walkers that we were told that they were Manganese mines (http://www.davel.f2s.com/hendrecoed/Merioneth-Manganese/introduction.html) …interesting reading.

David was delighted with the day as he was now on 999 activation points and has already organised his 1000th point party by activating The Wrekin G/WB-010 on the 29th of October  2016….I’ll be there so hope we hear some of you on air :)

Our activation set up:-   (VHF) Yaesu FT270 (5watts) into a ‘cable tie’ dipole.. Antenna support - 7m Fishing pole up at 3m...

Thanks everyone for the contacts

73 Allan GW4VPX