Friday, 22 January 2016


Craig Y Llyn
600m asl  grig ref. SN907 032    IO81FR

16th January 2016

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Friday, 8 January 2016

GW/SW-003 Fan Brycheiniog

GW/SW-003 Fan Brycheiniog
802m asl
Grid ref. SN825 218

As I arrived at the parking area at SN852 217 it was raining heavily and the mountain was completely obscured by cloud.  I could see that the streams were in full flood and I would have to ditch the walking boots in favor of wellies.  By the time I had sorted out my kit the rain had stooped and a large rainbow had formed to the west. 

The first leg of my route was to take me to SN832 213 Llyn Y Fan Fawr, around 2.3K to the west but to get there I had to cross several streams and some very boggy ground.  I was soon clear that the wellies had been a wise choice as the route was even worse than I had expected.
I arrived at the lake in around 45 minutes and took a short breather before the ascent to the summit.

From the lake the path to the summit climbs steeply to the north east and has been improved greatly over the past few years.  By the time I reached 700m I was into the cloud and visibility reduces drastically.

After arriving at the summit I made myself comfortable in the shelter and set up for my activation on 2m,  WX wasn't the best so I kept it fairly short and with 13 contacts in the log it suddenly went very quiet. Stuck it out for another 10 minutes but with no takers i decided to pull the plug and begin the trek back to the car. Many thanks to all the stations I worked.  73  Mal (GW6OVD)

Date:08/Jan/2016 Summit:GW/SW-003 (Fan Brycheiniog) Call Used:GW6OVD/P 
13:26zGW0PLP144MHzFMDon 5/5
13:29z2W0JMK144MHzFMMark 5/9
13:32zM1MST/M144MHzFMClive 5/9
13:34zM0JLA144MHzFMROD 4/1
13:35zGW0RWM144MHzFMRichard 5/9
13:36zM0NTC144MHzFMJez 4/1
13:38zGW6DGU144MHzFMRoy 5/9
13:42zGC0SYG144MHzFMJim 5/3
13:43zGW0WGN144MHzFMJim 5/3
13:45zGW1CLH144MHzFMPaul 5/9
13:46zG7HEM144MHzFMMike 4/1
13:51zGW1BXX144MHzFMAdrian 5/9
13:55zG0RQL144MHzFMDon 5/9


Wednesday, 6 January 2016


Waun Fach   811m asl
Grid ref. SO 215 300    Locator IO81KX

For today's activation I was joined by Ian 2W0IWM who has recently joined our group after returning from Brazil, where he has lived and worked for the past few years.  
Our route for today's activation started at SO186 290, heading east to SO203 286 then north to SO203 293 and finally north east to the summit with a total distance of 4k each way and an ascent of 520m. 
By the time we reached 600m we were in thick cloud and could feel the temperature dropping by the minute.    We continued climbing and soon left the cloud behind to find blue sky's and brilliant sunshine.
As we approached the summit it was clear that the National Parks had been very busy in the area and had installed new footpaths and had improved drainage greatly.  This summit has always been infamous for being extremely wet and muddy even in the best of weather but things are now much improved. 
After setting up, all the day's contacts were made on vhf, with summit to summit's with GW/SW-001, GW/MW-011, G/WB-023 and finally G/CE-003.
Many thanks to all chasers and fellow activators who made the day such a success.

Date:06/Jan/2016 Summit:GW/SW-002 (Waun Fach) Call Used:GW6OVD/P Points: 8 Bonus: 3   

11:47zMW6BWA/P144MHzFMViki S2S
11:48zMW0JLA/P144MHzFMRod S2S
12:12zGW4VPX/P144MHzFMAllan S2S
12:29zM0HCU144MHzFMDon S2S
12:41zG6IQL144MHzFMS2S CE-003