Monday, 24 June 2013

GW/SW-022 & 032

Summit Information for GW/SW-022
Trichrug - 415m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 53 21 N, Longitude: 3 53 30 W
Grid Reference: SN 699229, QTH Locator: IO81BV 

The starting point for today’s  first activation is SN694 225 where there is enough parking for 1 or 2 cars but this one is quite remote and you are unlikely to run into anyone else.  The access road gets very rough for the last kilometer so take care.
Access to the summit is straightforward from here, just cross the stile and head north east, keeping the dry stone wall to your right, and there is just 1 fence to negotiate along the way. 
At the summit there is plenty of room for antennas and I found a nice sheltered spot behind the dry stone wall to set up for my activation.
Very quiet on VHF today so I used a combination of 2 and 40 to get my 9 contacts including a S2S with Barry MW0IML on GW/NW – 030, who I worked on both bands. Later I packed up the  gear and paused to take a few photos before moving on to the next summit.  The 360 deg. view from the summit is breath-taking so don’t forget your camera


Summit Information for GW/SW-032
Mynydd Allt-y-grug - 339m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 45 20 N, Longitude: 3 48 39 W
Grid Reference: SN 751079, QTH Locator: IO81CS 

Following a pleasant drive across Mynydd  Du,  I arrived at the starting point for my second and final activation of the day SN742 073 where parking  was a little challenging.
 From here there is a clearly defined path which zigzags up through the forestry emerging about half way up the mountain.  I headed north east along the edge of the trees until I came to a spot where I could easily cross the fence. From here I headed east for a while until I met a rough track heading north east all the way to the summit.
The summit is very exposed with lots of room for antennas but there is no trig point or shelter of any kind.  Not particularly good VHF take off from here and I really struggled with contacts few and far between, but I persevered until I completed my activation. 
Many thanks to all stations that helped with my activation of GW/SW-022 & 032 today.
73, Mal, GW6OVD/P


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