Wednesday, 26 February 2014

GW/SW-011 & 041

 GW/SW-011  Sugar Loaf - 596m, 2 points
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 51 51 46 N, Longitude: 3 3 30 W
Grid Reference: SO 272188, QTH Locator: IO81LU 
Today's Sunrise: 07:01 UTC, Today's Sunset: 17:48 UTC 









Today's double activation starts at the small car park at SO 268 167
From here there's a clearly defined path all the way to the 596M summit, around 2.5 K to the north.  Starting with a gentle gradient the path flattens out for a while until the final push to the summit.







There are some great views of the surrounding countryside as you approach the summit. 
This is normally a very popular summit with walkers, but this early on a cool Wednesday morning I found myself alone on the mountain
Unlike most South Wales summits which offer little or no shelter, Sugar Loaf has, on its northern edge, the ideal spot to operate from.  A small hollow, well within the activation zone, where I set up and got out of the strong wind.
Following a quick S2S chat with Allan GW4VPX/P on SW-041, I made several more S2S contacts , mainly on 5Mhz, but then switched to 145 for a S2S with Viki, MW6BWA/P who was on SW/MW-010. Then finally with Steve, MW0BBU/P, who was on Black Mountain with Allan.








Not the largest of summits, but certainly enough room for a large HF antenna.








Date:26/Feb/2014 Summit:GW/SW-011 (Sugar LoafCall Used:GW6OVD/P 
TimeCallBandModeNotes
10:16zGW4VPX/P144MHzFMAllan S2S GW/SW041
10:19zG6LUZ5MHzSSBSteve
10:22zGW4VPX/P5MHzSSBAllan S2S GW/SW041
10:25zG4ZRP5MHzSSBBrian
10:27zG3RMD5MHzSSBFrank
10:30zG3TRB5MHzSSBRoger
10:30zG0RQL5MHzSSBDon
10:31zG6TUH5MHzSSBMike
10:32zG6ODU5MHzSSBRob
10:33zG4UXH5MHzSSB
10:34zG8VZT5MHzSSBDave
10:35zGI0HWO5MHzSSBJohn
10:36zG4HHX5MHzSSBRichard
10:38zM0IML5MHzSSBBarry S2S G/SE015
10:41zMW0JLA5MHzSSBROD S2S GW/MW-010
10:42zG3VCG5MHzSSBDon
10:43zG4ASA/P5MHzSSBDave S2S G/TW-005
10:47zG8VNW5MHzSSBNeil
10:52zMW6BWA/P144MHzFMViki S2S GW/MW-010
10:57zG4WTF144MHzFMIan
11:00zG4ILI144MHzFMGrant
11:03zM6NRW144MHzFMNick
11:06zG4MCQ144MHzFMSteve
11:19zG0VFK144MHzFMMike
11:24zGW0IRT144MHzFMPhil
11:27zG4EIA144MHzFMMartin
11:29zGW0FGO144MHzFMBill
11:34zG7OPI144MHzFMAndy
11:36zM0NTC144MHzFMJez
11:38zMW0BBU/P144MHzFMSteve S2S GW/SW-041



GW/SW-041  Black Mountain - 703m, 6 points
Association: Wales  Region: South Wales   
Latitude: 52 0 30 N, Longitude: 3 5 12 W
Grid Reference: SO 255350, QTH Locator: IO82KA 

Today's Sunrise: 06:59 UTC, Today's Sunset: 17:50 UTC








Following a 35 minute drive up some very narrow lanes I arrived at Gospel Pass, just in time to see Allan & Steve 
coming down from their Black Mountain activation.
After a quick cup of coffee and a chinwag, it was soon time to set off on my second activation of the day.






A new route for me, as I usually start this one from Hay Bluff. 
Despite being a little further at around  8K there and back, I found it a lot easier than my previous route.
Most of the climbing is in the first 500M and the rest of the route is fairly flat.  The path is currently being upgraded and easy going for the most part.


Trig point at SO244 366
Not the one we want for this activation.
The true activation zone is another 2K from here and a less well defined.
Conditions at the summit were cold and very windy and after 40 minute it started raining heavily.  With a dozen or so vhf contacts in the log I took this as a sign that it was time to pack up and head back to the car.



As I drove home and took a look back, it all looked so calm and peaceful up there.
How quickly conditions can change in the mountains!








Many thanks to all stations who helped with today's activation of SW-011 and SW041

73

Mal











Date:26/Feb/2014 Summit:GW/SW-041 (Black Mountain) Call Used:GW6OVD/P 


TimeCallBandModeNotes
14:08zMW6BWA/P144MHzFMViki S2S GW/MW-009
14:09zMW0JLA/P144MHzFMRod S2S GW/MW-009
14:28zG7CVC144MHzFMMorris
14:33zG4NKU144MHzFMDave
14:34zG4MCQ144MHzFMSteve
14:36zG3RDC144MHzFMAlan
14:37zMW6BWA/P144MHzFMViki
14:41zG3XQE144MHzFMKen
14:43zG0WIS144MHzFMGeoff
14:45zG6DQN144MHzFMNick
14:46zG0PPM144MHzFMKen
14:48zM3XMJ144MHzFMSean
14:54zM3NFL144MHzFMNeil

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