Great Rhos - 660m, 4 points
Assocation: Wales, Region: Mid Wales
Latitude: 52.267101287842, Longitude: -3.2000999450684
OS Grid Reference: SO18217 63895, Locator: IO82JG
For this SOTA outing we decided to activate Great Rhos, the flat topped summit of the Radnor Forest. Present at this activation was Mal (GW6OVD) and myself Andy (GW7RKC).
|The 13th century Haines Mill, our start point on the A44|
We set out from Aberdare at 9.30 and arrived at our start point on the A44, some 4.4km South East of the summit at 11am. This location is the site of the Haines Mill, which has had a watermill since the 13th century. The mill itself was closed but we were able to park where the mill stream runs under the road.
We gathered together our gear and went through the metal gate to the left of the mill site. A small road took us Northwards alongside a stream. The stream was in full flow due to the heavy rain that we had experienced in the previous week.
|Mal crosses the bridge at the beginning of the ascent|
After a short walk we arrived at metal gate with signage warning us that the road was closed to the general public. We then followed a bridlepath sign to the left of the road which led us to cross the stream using a wooden bridge. At this point the path started to ascend the hillside at a steep incline.
The weather had been very wet in the days and weeks prior to this activation but still we hoped that the rain would hold off. The sky did not look promising!
|Andy takes a breather.|
Mal and I agreed that this was one of the more physically demanding summits we have tackled. It was a steep ascent nearly all the way and frequent breaks were needed to allow us to catch our breath!
Mal had brought a small popup beach tent which served to make the activation quite comfortable, enabling us to keep warm and also keeping the Mic wind noise to a minimum. We fired up the ft817 with a 30w linear and the contacts came rolling in thick and fast. It wasn't long before we had both gained four contacts for activation. The weather was being kind considering the very wet summer we'd been having so we pressed on with the task of filling up our log books. The only minor disappointment was 40m as the band conditions seemed poor with many 'static crashes' presumably from nearby electrical storms.
|Operating in comfort..|
As always , Mal and I would like to thank all the contacts who contributed toward this activation.
Best wishes and 73,
Andy - GW7RKC