Thursday, 5 July 2012

GW/SW-019



Mynydd Twyn-glas - 472m, 1 point


Association: Wales Region: South Wales
Latitude: 51 40 26 N, Longitude: 3 4 22 W
Grid Reference: ST 259978, QTH Locator: IO81LQ








For today’s summit we chose Mynydd Twyn-Glas,  which overlooks the town of Cwmbran and has great views out over the Bristol channel.



The road meanders up to the summit
Parking up by the cattle grid at ST236-980 Andy and I sat in the car for a few minutes until the rain passed.  There’s a rough road from here, winding its way up alongside the overhead power lines to the masts near the summit











Some fine views on the way up.







The wind was howling through nearby masts and pylons!
As we neared the masts the wind was howling through the nearby pylons and continued strengthening as we approached the trig point at the summit.

















A windswept summit trig point...
After struggling with the antennas for a while we looked around for a more sheltered spot and saw the ruins of a small building to the east, so we decided to set up there.















Andy gets 2m underway

We quickly managed to lash the vhf antenna to the building and Andy kicked off on 2 meters while I got the 40 meters inverted V ready for action. 
















Mal doing fine business on 40m with the FT-817

Once up and running it didn’t take long to get enough contacts for our activation, starting on 2 meters, half an hour or so on 40 meters and finally finishing up back on 2 meters before the sky’s began to blacken.
We took the hint and quickly packed up before heading back to the car.

















40m Dipole (left) and VHF JPole (On Building)




Our route to the summit.





Many thanks to all stations that helped with our activation of Mynydd Twyn-Glas and made this a  thoroughly enjoyable day for both Andy and myself.




73
 Mal  GW6OVD





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