SOTA Activation Reports 2008 (3)

SOTA Activation Reports 2008
Activation reports previously submitted  to the Summits On The Air Reflector

13th February 2008 GW/NW-051 Foel Fenlli
Winter Sun and Loads of Fun

Monday and Tuesday I had been in work and the weather was superb, clear blue skies and warm sun. Had someone in heaven been hearing my prayers? The sun was shining on me, but could it last?

I was due to work nights on Wednesday but I packed my rucksack on Tuesday night just in case. Helen was working so I got up with her at 0700 and checked the weather from the window. It looked like more of the same, so after a quick coffee and bowl of cereal I posted my intention to activate GW/NW-051 Foel Fenlli and headed out.

There was a short delay as we defrosted two cars and then I was on my way. I spent the time on route chatting on GB3CR (433.150) were I was informed I was mad and it would be freezing on the top, how wrong can you get? In the car park I had a brief word with Barry 2E0PWX who was heading for Welsh Borders with Mike G0DSP but did not want to delay any longer. Putting on my boots I realised just how warm it was and ditched my walking jacket into the rucksack.

I followed the winding way up and realised that maybe I wasn’t as fit as my stroll on Shining Tor had lead me to believe, but with even stopping every few minutes to catch my breath, under the pretence I was taking photographs, I was on top in 20 minutes. I spent some time re-hydrating, getting my breath back and enjoying the fantastic views and then set up the station. By the time I was ready I was getting quite warm and there was no need to don my coat.

It was a bit early when I started for the 5 megs propagation I needed so I went on to 2m FM first. Some good contacts were had with John GI4BWM in County Antrim, Sean 2E0MVH mobile in Windermere and Paul G4JNN in Bradford seeming the most noteworthy. There seemed to be some continentals on FM but they manifest themselves more as multiple user interference than as workable DX.

When I got fed up of not finding a free channel on two FM I tried 5megs and Don G0RQL was the first to find and spot me. Allan MM0BJP on GM/SS-115 Beinn Uamha provided the first S2S of the day and I worked a few more stations before Arthur GW1LDY informed me that Sean MW0VGP was on two metres SSB and I QSYed for the second S2S of the day. Sean was on GW/NW-042 Moel y Gamelin and I later caught up with him as I drove home on GW/NW-043 Cyrn-y-Brain.

I QSYed to 144.310 and despite CQ calls on both that frequency and on 144.300 I got no more takers on two SSB. I was at this point I tried to self-spot but for some reason I could not get the Internet on my mobile phone. I went back to 5meg but got few takers and I therefore resorted to two FM again. Amongst the stations worked I found Barry (aka The Whippet aka mission control) 2E0PXW on GW/WB-004 Titterstone Clee Hill for the third S2S and another sortie on to five megs found that other member of the Welsh Mafia Mike GW0DSP on the same hill, plus Martyn GD3YUM and Paul G0HNW.

On a number of occasions I had tried a self-spot and O2 let me down. My calls in the wilderness went unanswered on a number of bands including 433 and 7mHz, maybe a spot would have helped. The only spot during three hours operating had been from Don G0RQL which I found somewhat disappointing bearing in mind just how many stations myself, Mike GW0DSP and Barry 2E0PXW spot each day. However it was a great morning led in the sun and I had 36 contacts, which cannot be bad for a weekday so I am not complaining.

It might have been a day in August as I descended in just a tee shirt it was so warm. I tried the steep decent straight back down to the car park and found a mud fest. I resorted to the walking poles and made it to the bottom with only one minor sharp intake of breath and an “Oh!…Phew!) . If you use this route be warned a few of the wooden steps near the top are getting dodgy and one has already broken.

I had spent three hours on the summit and enjoyed every minute but by 1400 hrs I was tucked up in bed, but not before I had worked Sean MW0VGP (as mentioned earlier) and Allan MM0BJP again, this time on GM/SS-162 Beinn Dubh. A super day! I just hope the weekend proves as good as I am going after those WBs I wanted to do last Saturday.
 

Date:13/Feb/2008 Summit:GW/NW-051 (Foel Fenlli) Call Used:GW7AAV/P Points: 2 Bonus: 3  

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

09:57z

G4ZRP

144MHz

FM

 

10:00z

G0DSP/M

144MHz

FM

 

10:02z

2E0PXW/M

144MHz

FM

 

10:03z

GW1LDY

144MHz

FM

 

10:04z

M0DWQ

144MHz

FM

 

10:05z

2E0PPH

144MHz

FM

 

10:08z

GI4BWM

144MHz

FM

 

10:14z

2E0MVH/M

144MHz

FM

 

10:16z

GW3XRM

144MHz

FM

 

10:18z

G4JNN

144MHz

FM

 

10:21z

M3XMC

144MHz

FM

 

10:27z

GW0VMZ

5MHz

SSB

 

10:28z

G0RQL

5MHz

SSB

 

10:32z

G3RMD

5MHz

SSB

 

10:36z

GW3BV

5MHz

SSB

 

10:38z

G4RQJ

5MHz

SSB

 

10:42z

MM1BJP/P

5MHz

SSB

S2S M/SS-115 GM/SS-115 Beinn Uamha

10:47z

G0TRB

5MHz

SSB

 

10:50z

G0NES

5MHz

SSB

 

10:51z

GW1LDY

5MHz

SSB

 

10:55z

MW0VGP/P

144MHz

SSB

S2S GW/NW-042 Moel y Gamelin

11:25z

G3RDQ

5MHz

SSB

 

11:31z

G3VUS

144MHz

FM

 

11:34z

M0TES

144MHz

FM

 

11:38z

M3UUM

144MHz

FM

 

11:42z

M3VQB

144MHz

FM

 

11:45z

M0LMP/P

144MHz

FM

 

11:50z

G7KDZ

144MHz

FM

 

11:54z

2E0PXW/P

144MHz

FM

S2S GW/WB-004 Titterstone Clee Hill

11:57z

M3WAZ

144MHz

FM

 

11:58z

M0AAS

144MHz

FM

 

12:02z

M0PER

144MHz

FM

 

12:05z

G4KRN

144MHz

FM

 

12:10z

G0DSP/P

5MHz

SSB

S2S GW/WB-004 Titterstone Clee Hill

12:12z

GD3YUM

5MHz

SSB

 

12:13z

G0HNW

5MHz

SSB

 


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