Tuesday, 30 May 2017

27th May 2017. GW/NW-040 SOTA Activation visit.

GW/NW-040. 27th May 2017.
Grid SH 729727. Altitude 610M.

SOTA Activation for this Bank Holiday weekend was to Tal y Fan GW/NW-040 near Conwy North Wales. I left my home QTH (Telford) at 08:05 a.m. and headed towards Wales on the A5. I gave a call on 2M and managed to hold a QSO with M0JZH (John) a fellow club member, he was on his way to Wales with his trailer tent for a break. We managed to stay in contact until just past Wrexham.
I arrived at Conwy for 10:00 a.m. and then took a further 20 minutes to get to my parking spot as some of the roads are very narrow. I strongly recommend not going over the small road from Rowan as this gets very narrow. I have added a photo below showing a better route to the car park area. Use the green route and not the orange.
The centre photo is from the road by the car parking area, so you can see this is a very easy 4 point summit as informed by G4ERP. I reached the summit in around 25 - 30 minutes with a few stops for photo's.
As you follow the track up you have to cross 3 styles over the walls and when you reach the rock formations near the summit there are 2 or 3 smaller paths up over the stones but all are fairly easy.

Once I had arrived and took a few more photo's I set up my 2M Dipole and started calling CQ SOTA at 11:10 a.m. and had my first contact straight away with GW4ZPL/P (John), followed by a further 6 more contacts including EI9GLB (Jim) in Ireland.
I was alone on this summit except a fell runner that passed the summit, Jamie had stayed at home so no bacon and black pudding sandwich today. I will have to have words with Jamie lol.

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