Friday, 25 October 2013

Wales & Borders - October 2013 Trip - Day Three: 2. Caeliber Isaf MW-031

Our GPS track from Camp Farm Cottages to the summit of Caeliber Isaf
After leaving Burrow G/WB-014 we made for our only Welsh summit of the day, Caeliber Isaf, (a field top) two miles south of the town of Montgomery in Mid-Wales. Our 40 minute drive took us up a road to a parking area next to some holiday cottages at Camp Farm, where we parked without being approached.

Parking place for our walk up Caeliber Isaf GW/MW-031
Colourful fungi on Caeliber Isaf
We walked down the bridleway with the cottages on our right to a gate. The bridleway went left downhill to some woodland. At SO 2065 9314 as we started to regain some height we left the bridleway and climbed over an awkwardly hung gate. We then followed a fence uphill alongside the wood, before going half right after the next gateway to the highest point of the summit. (15 mins walk from the car).  

We set the station up alongside a fence and enjoyed the best VHF propagation to the north over the three day expedition. We didn't do so well to the south though - and failed to hear regular chaser Don G0RQL from Devon.

The writer and the view from the top field on Caeliber Isaf GW/MW-031
Our best DX to the north was with our good friend WOTA and SOTA enthusiast Colin, G4UXH in Milnthorpe at a distance of 191 Km / 119 miles. We only stayed fifteen minutes and worked six other stations, MW3PZO, M6BLV, M0ZVR, 2E0XYL, G6WRW and G6ODU before returning over the border to England and Heath Mynd G/WB-007.  

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