Thursday, 27 March 2014

GW/MW-040, 019 & 024

Wednesday 26/03/2014

Summit Information for GW/MW-040
Carn Gafallt - 466m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: Mid Wales   
Latitude: 52 16 9 N, Longitude: 3 33 17 W
Grid Reference: SN 940646, QTH Locator: IO82FG 
Today's Sunrise: 05:57 UTC, Today's Sunset: 18:41 UTC 

Today's triple activation started at SN 940 600 where there is plenty of room to park. The access road from the A470 is very narrow with passing points few and far between but I was lucky enough not to meet any oncoming traffic.  Following the gravel track to the first hairpin I then headed north west through the woods.  There is no obvious path so I kept the mature trees to my left and the younger growth to my right.

As I emerged from the woods the gradient became much steeper and the knee deep heather made progress very slow

As you near the summit Caban Coch Reservoir comes into view, 
pity the visibility wasn't a little better.

Plenty of room on top for antennas but on this occasion the 8m fishing  pole I had, proved to be much too bendy to support the new 6 band link dipole I had just completed, and this cost me some operating time


Summit Information for GW/MW-019
Gwastedyn Hill - 477m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: Mid Wales   
Latitude: 52 17 0 N, Longitude: 3 29 11 W
Grid Reference: SN 987661, QTH Locator: IO82GG 
Today's Sunrise: 05:57 UTC, Today's Sunset: 18:41 UTC 

After carefully parking at SN 990 658
I headed north west to SN 988 659 where I picked up the bridal path and headed north east. After a while the path curves around to the north west
and then cuts back south west to the summit.

For the second activation I took the 10m pole, which proved to be a lot easier to erect.  From the summit you can clearly see the TV mast on the next hill, which was to be my third and and final activation of the day.
After a brief activation on 2 and 60m  I decided to take a more direct route back to the start point, so I started my way down the very steep hillside.  Much quicker than the route I took up but I wouldn't attempt coming up this way.

Summit Information for GW/MW-024
Rhiw Gwraidd - 442m, 1 point
Association: Wales  Region: Mid Wales   
Latitude: 52 15 35 N, Longitude: 3 27 12 W
Grid Reference: SO 016634, QTH Locator: IO82GG 
Today's Sunrise: 05:56 UTC, Today's Sunset: 18:41 UTC

The route for my third activation is very easy,  I continued up the road from the start point (SN 0160627)
through the farm yard and followed the road up to the TV mast.  From here I headed east to the summit.
Using a fence post to support the pole I erected the antenna and had a listen on 2m.  Due to the strong interference from the mast I decider 60 & 40 would be the best option for the last one. 

Many thanks to all you chasers for your continued support.

73, Mal GW6OVD/P

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