Thursday, 19 January 2017

GW/SW-013 Tor y Foel

GW/SW-013 Tor y Foel

18/01/2017

80m pile-up :) ....Please read previous report of earlier activation of Fan Nedd

Not having  alerted for this one I quickly sent an Alert to Sotawatch before leaving the summit of Fan Nedd although I did have to alter the time whilst driving around to the parking spot. The mist was still hanging around and it looked as if we would be in for a damp and miserable summit.
Our route to the summit...park at SO109187
On our way up...looking back at Talybont Reservoir
Summit cairn..still in need of a rebuild
First in the log was Viki who was eagerly awaiting my contact. Unfortunately 70cms was a non-starter but nevertheless we manged to exchange signal reports on 2m…thanks Viki. I never did manage to catch Rod and although he was spotted on 40m I could not hear him…sorry Rod.
15:05z
M6BWA/P
144MHz
FM
Viki s2s

Setting up in the mist
Setting up the 80m coils in the mist I was soon into a nice run of chasers with mostly excellent reports both ways.  I had swapped my 4Ah LiPos  around as the one running the linear on Fan Nedd was more or less depleted but capable of running the FT817 on 5watts for quite a while…the plan worked.
15:15z
G3XKT
3.5MHz
SSB
Tony
15:17z
G0RQL
3.5MHz
SSB
Don
15:18z
G8ADD
3.5MHz
SSB
Brian
15:18z
2E0KVJ
3.5MHz
SSB
Dave
15:19z
M0MDA
3.5MHz
SSB
Mick
15:19z
G0VWP
3.5MHz
SSB
Terry
15:20z
MM0XPZ
3.5MHz
SSB
SW
15:20z
M0TPG
3.5MHz
SSB
Tony
15:21z
M3FEH
3.5MHz
SSB
Karl
15:22z
G3OS
3.5MHz
SSB
Andrew
15:22z
G0BOM
3.5MHz
SSB
AJ
15:24z
2W0RDD
3.5MHz
SSB
Robert
15:24z
EI9GLB
3.5MHz
SSB
Jim
15:25z
G6TUH
3.5MHz
SSB
Mike
15:25z
G0GWY
3.5MHz
SSB
Geoff
15:26z
G8VNW
3.5MHz
SSB
Nick
15:27z
G8BIG
3.5MHz
SSB
M
15:27z
G1BLJ
3.5MHz
SSB
Steve
15:28z
G7HEM
3.5MHz
SSB
Mike
Working the pile-up
The run of chasers came to an end so I had a quick listen on 60m and found that it was very busy with nowhere to slot in…first time I’ve had that happen to me.  In the mean time Val had poured a cup of coffee which we drank before I heard Adrian calling on 2m.  I decided to answer him for a brief chat. It was nice to get Richard G4ERP in the log quickly followed by an anticipated s2s with John MWXOT/p  on Sugar Loaf GW/SW-011…thanks John.   I heard Bill GW4WSB calling but not from a summit.. ..it transpired that Bill was in his car having had to visit the summit of Mynydd Troed for a second time as he had forgotten his phone at the trig….he was not amused.

15:31z
GW1BXX
144MHz
FM
Adrian
15:34z
G4ERP
144MHz
FM
Richard
15:37z
MW0XOT/P
144MHz
FM
John s2s
15:43z
GW4WSB
144MHz
FM
Bill
15:46z
MW0MZM
144MHz
FM
Mark

Packing up time
The mist was really closing in now and even though it was only 15:45 it was getting dark so I pulled the plug and we headed down hill for another nice cup of coffee and some sandwiches before heading for home.
Car in sight ?
My activation set up:-  (HF) Yaesu FT817 (5 watts) (4Ah LiPo),  UK-MX 50M linear (for 817) and (4Ah LiPo),  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