Saturday, 28 September 2013

GW/NW-009

Summit Information for GW/NW-009
Cadair Idris - Penygadair - 893m, 8 points
Association: Wales  Region: North Wales   
Latitude: 52 41 57 N, Longitude: 3 54 32 W
Grid Reference: SH 711130, QTH Locator: IO82BQ 
Today's Sunrise: 06:11 UTC, Today's Sunset: 18:00 UTC 

For our first venture into the North Wales SOTA region, Andy and I chose to activate GW/NW-009 Cadair Idris Although the summit of Cadair Idris is actually called Pen y Gadair most people simply refer to this amazing mountain by its general name Cadair Idris, translated it actually means Chair of Idris, a Welsh giant from Celtic mythology.


Our day began with a 7am start ready for the two and a quarter hour drive to our start point at Minfford. (SH732 115) I chose this route because all I had read about this mountain indicated that this would be the most direct yet physically challenging, with amazing views all the way. We weren't disappointed on either score! This is a truly spectacular mountain, and the many photos I took along the route, fail miserably to capture its sheer scale and beauty.
The route follows the ridge in a clockwise direction high above Llyn Cae, then rejoins the original path at the slate bridge (SH727 120). Total distance is 10Km with a gruelling 874M of ascent. Walking time was around 5 hours.

Our activation was VHF only today, as we wanted to reduce the weight of the kit as much as possible. The take off was excellent and contacts were made into England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, receiving very good reports. Our only problem was being able to keep the antenna up in the very strong wind at the summit.

All in all a very enjoyable day, and hopefully just the first of many visits to the Snowdonia National Park.
Many thanks to all stations that helped with our activation of GW/NW-009



 


















NW-009 (Cadair Idris -Penygadair) CallUsed:GW6OVD/P


TimeCallBandModeNotes
11:05zMW6GWR144MHzFMRicky
11:07zG3ZDP144MHzFMJim
11:09zGW4VPX144MHzFMAllan
11:10zG1OHH144MHzFMSue
11:25zG7OPI144MHzFMAndy
11:26zMW0BBU144MHzFMSteve
11:28zMW0IDX144MHzFMRoger
11:30zG6XBF144MHzFMRob
11:31zM0ZOM/P144MHzFMColin
11:33z2I0SXG144MHzFMRobert
11:35zG6XBF144MHzFMWalt
11:36zGI0AE144MHzFMTony
11:37zMW0PJJ144MHzFMPhil
11:37zG0MKW144MHzFMTony
11:40z2E0RNM144MHzFMMathew
11:41zMW1AND144MHzFMMel
11:42z2E0XYL144MHzFMKaren
11:55zMW1CFA144MHzFMKevin
11:56zMW0IDX144MHzFMRoger
11:57zM1CNL144MHzFMPeter
11:58zG4PPC144MHzFMBrian
11:58zM3VUO144MHzFMGraham



1 comment:

  1. Great to work you today, great place isn't it.. great photo's.

    Steve MW0BBU.

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