Cadair Idris 2019

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GW/NW-009, Cadair Idris – Penygadair – 893m, 8 points

There are a few good routes up this mountain.  This time I chose the Pony Path, probably the easiest route used by many tourists in the summer months but today I had it to myself in the depths of Winter.

There is good parking available at SH 697 152 although as usual in the Snowdonia National Park it is not free.  Tickets cost £4.00 for 4 hours or £6.00 for the whole day.  It is easy enough to do the summit and back in four hours but not knowing how long I would be on top for I opted for the full day ticket.  The path is very obvious and quite steep until you reach the fork at SH 691 135.  The final section just before the summit is more dramatic and makes a nice finale to the climb.

I had the summit to myself but I would imagine that on a summers day it would get very crowded, so plan accordingly.  There is a trig point on top which worked well for me but would probably not be usable when sharing the summit.

I set up the station on the summit and soon had sixteen contacts in the log then just after I had packed away I heard a call of “CQ SOTA” on the HT and quickly bagged Gillian 2W0OVW/P and Phil GW4HQB from GW/SW-013 using just 5W and the rubber ducky antenna.

GW/NW-009 Log

The return route was uneventful, just follow the path back to the car park.

Journey Details

Date – 22nd December 2019

Postcode – LL40 1TN

Parking – SH 697 152

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 50W PA on 2m

Antenna – Long Ranger

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 18

SOTA points – 8 + 3 = 11

Group – Myself

Walking Route Summary

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Glasgwm & Aran Fawddwy 2019

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GW/NW-015, Glasgwm – 779m, 6 points

There is limited parking at SH 812 217, space for one or possibly two cars only, parked carefully on the grass bank.  From here there is an obvoius track leading South until you get to a gate where the path forks, take the less obvious left hand path through the gate and up the hill towards the woodland.

Once into the woodland there is a good forestry track through the woods until you get to a stile at SH 833 206 which opens out onto the flanks of Craig y Ffynnon.  The path here is not so clear, just follow the stream up keeping it to your right until you reach the col at SH 840 200. Turn South here following the fence line to the top of Glasgwm.

There is plenty of room at the top to set up, I soon had the station operational and fifteen entries in the log from a broad area.

GW/NW-015 log

When finished descend back down the same route to reach the col again at SH 840 200.

GW/NW-007, Aran Fawddwy – 905m, 8 points

From the col head North East following the fence line, at times on the left and sometimes on the right.  There is a path of sorts which has in places been laid with old railway sleepers, but these are treacherous in wet weather and best avoided except where essential to cross the small swamps.  I expect it is a lot easier in the dry of summer.  Eventually you will reach the summit which is a little way off from the fence line so in poor visibility leave the fence at SH 861 222 and head North East for the summit.  There is a nice trig point on the top which makes a good shack.  I set up the station here and soon had twenty three contacts in the log.

GW/NW-007 Log

The return route is just a case of following the fence line back to the col and then down the valley and back through the woods.

Journey Details

Date – 21st December 2019

Postcode – LL40 2BL

Parking – SH 812 217

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 50W PA on 2m

Antenna – Long Ranger

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 15 + 23

SOTA points – 6 + 3 + 8 + 3 = 20

Group – Myself

Walking Route Summary

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Long Mynd, Stiperstones & Cornden Hill 2019

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G/WB-005, Long Mynd – Pole Bank – 517m, 2 points

The parking for Long Mynd is a bit exposed but there is room there for four or five vehicles.  It is an easy walk from the car park up to the summit trig point and viewing area where there is plenty of room to set up the station.  It is a busy summit even on a winters day so take care to avoid the tourists.  I soon had the station set up and eleven contacts in the log including Richard G4MUF who was working from home in Wooton Bassett.

G/WB-005 Log

Journey Details

Date – 14th December 2019

Postcode – SY9 5EL

Parking – SO 417 942

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 50W PA on 2m

Antenna – Long Ranger

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 11

SOTA points – 2+3

Group – Myself

Walking Route Summary

G/WB-003, Stiperstones – 537m, 2 points

There is a large car park for this summit, it seems to be a popular walk.  The route to the summit is via an obvious track that rises gently to the top.  At the top there is an obvious large rocky outcrop with the trig point on top.  This looks like it would provide plenty of entertainment on a summers day but when I was there the wind was blowing at about 80 mph over the top making climbing it a tricky business.  Nevertheless I did and I managed to set my station up beside the trig point, I didn’t want to risk the radio on the top of the trig point as the wind would have removed it almost immediately.  As it was the wind still managed to blow the radio off from the base of the trig point, luckily it landed on my head which saved the radio from any damage!  I also managed to lose my hat and a glove, both taken by the wind, I did recover my hat but never found the glove.  Balanced precariously beside the trig point I managed to make nine contacts before giving up to the elements and descending back to safety.

G/WB-003 Log

Journey Details

Date – 14th December 2019

Postcode –  SY5 0NF

Parking – SO 369 976

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 50W PA on 2m

Antenna – Long Ranger

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 9

SOTA points – 2+3

Group – Myself

Walking Route Summary

GW/MW-013, Corndon Hill – 514m, 2 points

It’s just a short drive over to Corndon Hill, there is no car park beside the road, there is one marked about 1/2 Km to the North along a track but I didn’t check it out.  There is room on the corner of the road for one car to park without causing any obstruction so I parked there.  It’s an easy start South along the track before turning South East to head up the hill.  This is quite steep in places but not at all difficult under foot.  At the top there is a trig point, a large cairn and a welcome bench.  Make use of each as you will.  I soon had the station set up on the trig point and in relative comfort settled down to make 23 contacts, including once again Richard G4MUF in Wooton Bassett.

GW/MW-013 Log

Journey Details

Date – 14th December 2019

Postcode – SY5 0JJ

Parking – SO 301 975

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 50W PA on 2m

Antenna – Long Ranger

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 23

SOTA points – 2+3

Group – Myself

Walking Route Summary

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Brown Clee Hill & Titterstone Clee Hill 2019

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G/WB-002, Brown Clee Hill – 540m, 2 points

This was my second visit to Brown Clee Hill, the weather was a bit warmer this time.  Parking again on the edge of the access road below the gate, it’s a short but steep walk up to the summit.  This time I set the station up a bit further to the South East, away from the radio towers and avoiding the summit trig point.  There is a small secondary ridge there that makes a good spot with a good takeoff.  Conditions were good and I soon had nine entries in the log including a contact with Richard on his way up Cader Idris which I was quite pleased to get,unfortunately he wasn’t yet at the summit so no chaser points.

G/WB-002 Log

Journey Details

Date – 7th December 2019

Postcode – WV16 6TP

Parking – SO 602 877

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 50W PA on 2m

Antenna – Long Ranger

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 9

SOTA points – 2+3

Group – Myself

Walking Route Summary

G/WB-004 Titterstone Clee Hill

Last time I was up on Titterstone Clee I ascended from the West.  Although this was a good walking route the parking there was very difficult so this time I parked in the car park on the Southern approach.  The car park is a bit out in the wilds so the postcode may not get you to the right place, I have included the lat/long coordinates below which should get you there if the postcode doesn’t work.  From the car park just follow the short path up to the summit.   This is an easy route and there is plenty of parking.  There is a nice shelter at the top but this time I set up beside the trig point as it’s just a little bit higher.  I soon had fourteen contacts in the log including Richard again,this time at the summit of Cader Idris for a nice summit to summit contact.

G/WB-004 Log

Journey Details

Date – 7th December 2019

Postcode – SY8 3NY

Parking – SO 595 775 – (52deg 23′ 41″ 2deg 35′ 52″)

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 50W PA on 2m

Antenna – Long Ranger

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 14

SOTA points – 2+3

Group – Myself

Walking Route Summary

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Beacon Batch 2019

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G/SC-003, Beacon Batch – 325m, 1 point

There is good parking at ST 489 581 although it is popular at the weekend with walkers.  It is a short walk up the road to reach the access footpath up onto the batch and then an easy gentle climb up to the top following the obvious footpath.  There is plenty of room on top but it is quite busy at the weekend.  If you use the trig point be prepared to move for the regular photo calls.

I soon had the station set up and managed to log ten stations including a few summit to summit calls.

G/SC-003 Log

Journey Details

Date – 1st December 2019

Postcode – BS40 7TZ

Parking – ST 489 581

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 25W PA

Antenna – MFJ Long Ranger

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 10

SOTA points – 1

Group – Myself

Walking Route Summary

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Dundry Down 2019

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G/SC-010, Dundry Down – 233m, 1 point

Dundry Down from the East is a very easy summit to reach but perhaps not quite so easy to activate on VHF.  There are three large radio masts on the summit that put out a strong signal that de-sense anything operating on 2M.

The summit trig point is not publicly accessible but the top is fairly flat and large areas of the activation zone are reachable.  As others have noted, there is good parking at ST 556 668 and there is a good track from there up to the radio towers.  You are already in the AZ at the car park so choose a spot to operate somewhere along the path that best suits you.  I set up on the corner post where the path turns South but this was a mistake as I was too close to the masts.  Next time I will choose somewhere a bit nearer the car park and further from the masts.  I struggled with the weaker contacts due to the interference but soon enough I had seven in the log.

G/SC-010

Journey Details

Date – 1st December 2019

Postcode – BS41 8LQ

Parking – ST 556 668

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + 25W PA

Antenna – MFJ Long Ranger

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 7

SOTA points – 1

Group – Myself

Walking Route Summary

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