After forgeting my co-ax on Saturday, I decided to get some winter bonus action on Sunday & to my amazement discovered I hadn`t yet done the Clwyidian pair.
I arrived at the parking spot of Bwlch Penbarras at approx 0930 (I was supposed to be on summit by 1015 - oops). It was minus 1C in the car park and quite windy. I decided to do Moel Famau (044) first and set off up the track. Approx 40 mins later I was on the summit and set up for HF on the North side of the summit to try and keep out of the biting Southerly wind. Temperature on summit was minus 3C and more like minus 10C with wind chill. A good run on 40m and 80m produced 40 contacts. I was contemplating a shout on 60m when Keith G(W)8HXE showed up. Keith had already activated on 2m, so after a chin wag I was much too cold to do 5Mhz and packed the station up. My hands were completely numb by now so I was keen to get walking.
Back at the car I exchanged batteries, said goodbye to Keith and set off up Foel Fenlli (051). I couldn`t go directly up as it was a sheet of ice where the run off had thawed and re-frozen, nevertheless I was on the summit about 15 mins later. Again I set up on the North side to try and escape the wind. This time I did 40m/60m/80m and logged 52 contacts with a s2s with John GX0OOO/P on Birks Fell. When the calls finally stopped I packed up and made good time back to the car.
On the way home I had a quick detour to the Horseshoe pass to check on something, then a flying visit to Mike DSP in Connahs Quay.
I was amazed on both summits today to hear those 5 magic words “Thanks for the new one” - this despite both summits being activated well over 100 times each! A short video has been put on You tube :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBMYuidbqok
And one blurred photo on flikr (I was shivering at the time)
92 contacts all ssb - 40m - 51, 80m - 33, 60m - 8.
Thanks to all who called / spotted. Steve G1INK.