Thursday, 7 April 2016

Two days activating in Wales - April 2016 - Myarth GW/SW-035

After waiting for the pheasant shooting season to end we finally got a chance to activate the last summit we needed to complete the South Wales Association - GW/SW-035 which is known as "The Myarth" by the Glanusk Estate and not Myarth as it is referred to in the SOTA Association Manual and on OS maps... 

GW/SW-035 Myarth

Written permission to access the summit granted, I met up with Geoff Fielding 2E0NON near Crickhowell, and we made our way in his car to Gliffaes Fach SO 164203, where there is room to park one car:

Our route - the GPX track is available in the SOTA Mapping Project (above)
and (below) timber extraction on the track going up Myarth

Timber extraction was taking place on the hill and the tracks were muddy and rutted. We were on the summit within 40 minutes, calling CQ on the 2m FM band for 10 minutes or so and with no callers, despite running 50 watts of power into a vertical dipole. We thought that may have been the case so an FT-817 on HF was deployed on the 40m band with a dipole, resulting in 17 contacts with EU stations on SSB and CW. The only UK station worked was our friend Terry G0VWP who lives in York. Geoff operating as 2W0NON/P on Myarth:

After less than 20 minutes on air we packed up and headed north into mid Wales to activate two more summits that day.

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