Black Mountain 2020

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GW/SW-041, Black Mountain – 703m, 6 points

This was the one.  Success today would earn me my mountain goat award.  The parking is good here but as always it was windy.  It’s an easy climb up to the trig point on top of Hay Bluff, but this is too low and still below the activation zone.  The summit is another Km or two South East from here and is marked by a small stone beside the path.  There was a group of people stood chatting at the summit point so I set up a short way off and called CQ.  I soon had four contacts in the log to qualify the summit and complete my 1000 points.  The final contact being Gez M0NTC from Dudley.  I was glad it was one of my regular chasers, thanks Gez.

GW/SW-041 Log

Journey Details

Date – 12th January 2020

Postcode – HR3 5RJ

Parking – SO 239 373

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74

Antenna – Diamond SRH770S

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 7

SOTA points – 6+ 3

Group – Myself

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Sugarloaf 2020

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GW/SW-011, Sugar Loaf – 596m, 2 points

The weather forecast wasn’t that promising for the morning but in the event it turned out to be not that bad a day.  I arrived at the car park to find it already full with a group of mountain bikers about to set off for a day out.

I managed to squeeze the car in the last space and was soon out on the trail.  There are two likely routes up from the car park so I opted to go up one and return via the other.  Of the two the more Southerly loop is definitely the easier, next time I will use this path both ways.  There is a good path all the way up to the summit and on a clear day will present no problems.  This is a popular summit and even on a blustery January morning there were plenty of people on the top.  I managed to find a spot clear of the trig point where I set up.  I soon had seven contacts in the log and was on my way back down.

GW/SW-011 Log

Journey Details

Date – 12th January 2020

Postcode – LD3 7UL

Parking – W 03°01’46.63″ N 51°52’27.44″

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74

Antenna – Diamond SRH770S

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 7

SOTA points – 2+ 3

Group – Myself

Walking Route Summary

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Waun Fach, Mynydd Llangorse and Mynydd Troed 2020

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GW/SW-009, Mynydd Troed – 609m, 4 points

We started the day with Myntdd Troed.  Parking here is very limited but we were the first to arrive so not a problem today.  The ascent up Troed is very steep up a muddy/grassy slope and with all the recent rain today it was quite slippery.  With care though we made it up safely and soon set up the station on top of the trig point from where I soon had six contacts in the log, including a summit to summit contact with G4TQE, John up on G/WB-003, all with 5w from the Diamond antenna on the HT.

GW/SW-009 Log

Journey Details

Date – 5th January 2020

Postcode – LD3 7UL

Parking – SO 160 283

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74

Antenna – Diamond SRH770S

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 6

SOTA points – 4+ 3

Group – Myself & Richard M1HAX

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GW/SW-015, Mynydd Llangorse – 515m, 2 points

Down from Troed it’s across the road and straight up Mynydd Langorse,  A much more gentle and pleasant climb to a large flat summit.  We went the extra mile today to reach the highest point although most of the summit plateau is within the activation zone.  Typically this is a difficult summit to activate but once againI worked it just using the 5W from the HT.  It did help having GW4GWH, 2W0NXV and MW0XOT all sat together in a car parked not too far away.

GW/SW-015

Journey Details

Date – 5th January 2020

Postcode – LD3 7UL

Parking – SO 160 283

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74

Antenna – Diamond SRH770S

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 4

SOTA points – 2+ 3

Group – Myself & Richard M1HAX

Walking Route Summary

GW/SW-002, Waun Fach – 811m, 8 points

A short drive around to the other side on Troed saw us heading up for our final summit of the day.  Waun Fach provides a variety of terrain ranging from a long flat ridge walk to steep almost rocky sections which makes for a pleasant finale to the day.  Parking is very restricted here with possibly room for two cars, one each side of the gate.  I noticed today though that there is probably room for one car to park on the verge at the bottom of the lane so next time I will probably try that.

We soon reached the top and set up the station on the new concrete platform.  Once again just using the HT and 5W I managed to work seven stations easily enough.

GW/SW-002 Log

Journey Details

Date – 5th January 2020

Postcode – LD3 0EU

Parking – SO 186 290

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74

Antenna – Diamond SRH770S

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 7

SOTA points – 8+ 3

Group – Myself & Richard M1HAX

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Tor y Foel 2020

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GW/SW-013, Tor y Foel – 551m, 2 points

Another easy walk up with good visibility.  This is usually a difficult summit to activate as it is not very high and penned in a bit so I set up the 6m pole with the Long Ranger on top.  t worked quite well and I soon had another nine contacts in the log including another S2S with Mike GW7HEM over on GW/MW-013.

GW/SW-013 Log

Journey Details

Date – 4th January 2020

Postcode – LD3 7YF

Parking – SO 056 176

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 + Amp

Antenna – Long Ranger on pole

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 9

SOTA points – 2+ 3

Group – Myself

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Waun Rydd 2020

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GW/SW-004, Waun Rydd – 769m, 6 points

Another fine day in the Brecon Beacons meant good views all the way up today. An uneventful walk, from the car park jst follow the obvious path until you get to the corner at SO 060 205 where you need to turn NE to find the summit which is marked by a small stone cairn, well more of a small pile of rocks really.  I operated straight from the HT, not setting up a station, and soon had 7 contacts in the log including two summit to summit contacts with MW6BWA on both 2m & 70cm and then another S2S with Mike G7HEM up on Titterstone Clee.

GW/SW-004 Log

Journey Details

Date – 4th January 2020

Postcode – CP48 2UT

Parking – SO 056 176

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 on 2m

Antenna – Diamond SRH770s

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 8

SOTA points – 6 + 3

Group – Myself

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Fan Fawr & Pen y Fan 2020

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GW/SW-001, Pen y Fan – 886m, 8 points

It’s Pen y Fan, what more is there to say? Just park the car and follow the crowds.  Plenty of people on top so didn’t set up the station, just worked from the HT.  Eight in the log including a S2S with GW4TQE on GW/MW-013.  Took the alternative route back down to the Storey Arms and lunch at the car before setting off in the other direction for Fan Fawr.

GW/SW-001 Log

GW/SW-005, Fan Fawr – 734m, 6 points

From the car park I took the right hand gate for a change which is the one on the end of the path up, so with the clear weather and a faint path it was a quick and easy ascent, not needing the map or compass at all.  Makes a change, Fan Fawr is usually hidden in cloud!  It was cold at the top due to the wind chill so again I took the easy option and just called CQ from the HT.  I soon had three summit to summit contacts and then worked another three stations to easily qualify the summit.

GW/SW-005 Log

Journey Details

Date – 3rd January 2020

Postcode – LD3 8NL

Parking – SN 982 202

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 on 2m

Antenna – Diamond SRH770s

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 8 + 6

SOTA points – 8 + 3 + 6 + 3 = 20

Group – Myself

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Fan Brycheiniog 2020

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GW/SW-003, Fan Brycheiniog – 803m, 8 points

To start the new year and the new SOTA season we decided to head West to Fan Brycheiniog from the Llyn y Fan car park.  It was a typical January day in the Beacons, not actually raining but not dry either.  We were in cloud from about half way up so took the opportunity to try a bit of nav practice once up onto the flatter section above the Bwlch.  On the way up we heard Allan GW4VPX calling from MW-011 and managed to work him from the HT for the first chaser points of the season.  It was quiet at the top so we bagged a couple of seats in the shelter.  As we arrived I heard GW4TQE calling CQ SOTA so bagged a quick S2S with him up on NW-042 again from the HT on 5W.  It seemed busy on the bands so rather than set up the station we just worked from the HT and managed to put ten entries in the log.  The descent was uneventful until about halfway down when I heard an EI calling CQ and managed to work Martin, EI3GO from central Ireland.

GW/SW-003 Log

Journey Details

Date – 1st January 2020

Postcode – SA19 9UN

Parking – SN 799 238

Radio – Kenwood TH-D74 on 2m

Antenna – Diamond SRH770s

Band – 144 FM

Contacts – 10

SOTA points – 8 + 3 = 11

Group – Myself

Walking Route Summary

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