SOTA Activation Reports 2008 (7)

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


18th February 2008 GW/NW-044 Moel Famau

Burning Muscles, Burning Sun, Burning Hill

My mantra of late, as I mentioned in a previous report, has been “One day the sun is going to shine on me!” and so I couldn’t believe it when it came out to play for me on Monday 16th February. It was seriously more like August than February and boy did I love it. This activation would take me past 100 points and what a way to do it!

I dropped my youngest daughter at school and then my granddaughter and her mum at the nursery school and headed for GW/NW-044 Moel Famau. I parked at the top car park between Foel Fenlli GW/NW-051 and Moel Famau. The sun was shining but the crisp early morning air was perfect for walking. All my recent activity was showing as I made good progress only stopping to take photographs three or four times, well that is how I cover up stopping to catch my breath back, until I arrived at the bench just before the steep bit. I did not feel I needed a rest at this point but knowing what was to come I took off my rucksack sat down, drank some water and just enjoyed the view. There was very little haze and Cader Idris, Arenig Fawr, Tryfan, Carneddau, and of course yr Wyddfa – Snowdon stood out proud on the horizon.

The final push was easier than I had remembered but I am no mountain goat and so I was glad to arrive at the top breathing heavily, slightly light headed and red in the face but without my legs buckling and my knees burning. Oh to be fit instead of fat!

I had intended to set up with my dipole along the fence just down from the trig point but as I sat in the lee of the monument I got comfortable and set up were I was in the doorway shaped niche to the north side facing the trig. It was a bit early for 5mHz so I started with two metres FM and at 11:00 hours my old friend Arthur GW1LDY was first back to the call. There seemed to be a bit of a lift on and there were French stations on two FM though I never worked any. Louise 2E0GIZ in Luton and Pat 2E1PDQ in Kent seemed worthy of note, not bad for 5 watts into my home brew J-pole.

Despite not having a beam, I QSYed on to 2m SSB, in an attempt to work Gerald G8OGI/P on G/DC-001 High Willhays. I will never know if we would have made it as I was too late but Graham G4JZF answered me to tell he was gone. I was pleased to work a handful of stations on 2m SSB including Rob G4RQJ who I had heard on FM but could not get back to.

Barry 2E0PXW informed me that Mike G4BLH was on G/SP-008 Boulsworth Hill - Lad Law and I worked Mike on two FM to set up a 23cms contact. Leaving all my gear unattended I climbed to the top of the monument and stood on the highest point and called Mike. Fortunately my stuff was untouched when I came down. Only 5/1 each way but with 500mW from the handhelds into rubber duck antennas I was well pleased with my summit to summit. I was just as pleased to get a second call, 5/9 each way this time, on 23cms from John MW1FGQ, who is a fellow member of the Mold and District Radio Club. I now have his telephone number so the 23cms gear will be packed a little more often on activations.

I then tried 5mHz working a disappointing six stations (not six disappointing stations) mostly regular chasers but with one new call sign for my log. One of the problems was the dipole ends were too close to the ground but I suspect that good weather had drawn people away from the radio and outdoors and who could blame them? I tried 40m getting nothing on 7.098, but on 7.115 I worked Peter DL8YR who was 5/9 and gave me 5/5 so where were the other EU chasers? After half an hour on 40m I tried 60m again and added John M0JDK and Brian G8ADD to the tally.

By this time it was 13:00hours and I tried 70cm FM from the handheld and 14.285 SSB without any success before finding a French station calling on 2M SSB. I called him for fifteen minutes but depleted batteries and my vertical J-pole antenna were not quite up to the job. I started packing up to leave and remembered the camera. A few snaps later I was on my way down.

I had intended to try and descend with out any stops and I ploughed on as quickly as my legs would carry me. Just when I thought my knees would give up I reached a flat bit and so kept going at a pace that would be impossible when I am out with Helen and the kids. I was in sight of the car park when I was muggled. “Is that a radio aerial?” Half an hour and two thousand questions later I was back at the car.  

As I changed out of my walking boots at the car I spotted smoke on Moel Famau. “That couldn’t have been there on the way down” I thought “or I would have been choking on the fumes”. I quickly took a couple of shots of the scene with the camera and headed home. As I drove away I was almost forced off the road by a fire engine. My thought was that it was a controlled burn of the heather and some kindly member of the public had called the fire brigade. It turns out that it had been a controlled burning but got out of hand. At 19:00 hours there were still seven fire appliances fighting the flames that had spread to the forest above the car park. I had intended to go back and photograph the resulting damage but when I was up there on the 23rd to work Gerald GW4OIG/P on GW/NW-001 Snowdon the weather was too bad and the light was not good enough.

Date:18/Feb/2008 Summit:GW/NW-044 (Moel Famau) Call Used:GW7AAV/P Points: 2 Bonus:

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

11:00z

GW1LDY

144MHz

FM

 

11:01z

M3HGH

144MHz

FM

 

11:03z

M3UUM

144MHz

FM

 

11:05z

G6TUZ/M

144MHz

FM

 

11:08z

GD3YUM

144MHz

FM

 

11:09z

G4ZRP

144MHz

FM

 

11:11z

2E0ZLD

144MHz

FM

 

11:14z

M1DAP

144MHz

FM

 

11:15z

2E0GIZ

144MHz

FM

 

11:18z

2E0PXW/M

144MHz

FM

 

11:20z

M3MKX

144MHz

FM

 

11:21z

2E0PDQ

144MHz

FM

 

11:34z

M3VQB

144MHz

FM

 

11:34z

G4JZF

144MHz

SSB

 

11:48z

M3PQQ

144MHz

SSB

 

11:50z

M0JDK

144MHz

SSB

 

11:53z

G0NES

144MHz

SSB

 

11:56z

G4RQJ

144MHz

SSB

 

11:59z

G4BLH/P

144MHz

FM

S2S G/SP-008 Boulsworth Hill - Lad Law

12:07z

G4BLH/P

1240MHz

FM

S2S G/SP-008 Boulsworth Hill - Lad Law

12:09z

MW1FGQ

1240MHz

FM

 

12:15z

GW0VMZ

5MHz

SSB

 

12:17z

G6VMZ

5MHz

SSB

 

12:19z

G0RQL

5MHz

SSB

 

12:27z

G3RMD

5MHz

SSB

 

12:30z

G4CPA

5MHz

SSB

 

12:32z

G3NIJ

5MHz

SSB

 

12:40z

DL8YR

7MHz

SSB

 

12:59z

M0JDK

5MHz

SSB

 

13:00z

G8ADD

5MHz

SSB

 



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