Just a quick note to report on a tricky activation; apologies if you were waiting for us on 40m, but the band was packed and we just couldn’t find a space. 2m SSB was quiet, no luck. We ended up calling and calling on 2m FM until eventually getting our four contacts. Short sharp ascent from Mountain Road in Baglan, nice summit, heather mainly with some small Xmas trees dotted around, one of which we used to support the 10m pole for our 40m dipole, put the Sota beam on a smaller guyed pole. Lovely views of Swansea bay and the South Wales coastline. James
In reply to MW0ZAP:
Had fun with access to that one James back in 2008 - http://live.sotawatch.org/reflector.php?topic=1743#13791 However, it is a reasonably pleasant summit as you say with some excellent views of the coastline.
73, Gerald G4OIG
P.S. A multiband dipole would give you the option of activating another band - maybe better looking for a quieter life on say 60m or 20m.
In reply to G4OIG:
Yes, I have an NOV for 60m but the FT817 hasn’t had the mod done - do you happen to know what needs to be done to open it up for 60m ops?
We parked down in Baglan, headed up Mountain Road, and then followed the steep footpath that basically goes right to the top in one go! At least you get the climb over with quickly, then we followed the field boundary for probably half a mile, then turned right and up to the trig point.
Went along with me friend Dave who had never done a SOTA so he bagged his first summit.
I think there was a contest on 40m so that made it really bad - probably leave 40m for weekday activations.