GW/NW-044 Moel Famau 23/02/2013
Just returned home and had to write this report before getting showered and settled
As some of you are aware I have been away from Summit activities for quite some time, in fact the last main one was Pen Y Ghent last March!!
This being due to a small brain injury and my leg joints having a couple of minor operations done to them???!!!
Anyway, medication is working well for both gliches at the moment, so I was keen to get back out and about albeit up smaller summits. I decided I would go up Black Hill G/SP-002 earlier this month as I knew it would be a easy walk for me on my 1st time back, all I came down off that one with was a Chest infection !!!
Planned to do Moel Famau today, packed my bag with my trusty FT897, 7ah SLAB and assorted antennas, planned QRG’s was to be my usual 2m ssb along with 40m and 60m. Set off early as I knew I would need plenty of walking time, arriving at car park paid the Â£1 to get through barrier and was keen to get going. first mistake of the day, me being “Mr I know which way it is through the forest” took the wrong path from the car park and found myself heading across to the"Tourist route". I had to divert and ended up higher up the Offa’s Dyke path which I did not want to do but at least I could now see the Tower at the summit.
Arriving later than planned but still in time for my alert noted time, I set up right hand side of the gate where I should have come through if I had taken the right path up through the forest. (at least I knew I could go back that way now.)
Decided as I had planned to stay up here for a while to just put up the 3 ele beam for 2m ssb calling first. I had called out but no one around on .300, so used an sms spot via Andy’s excellent system with my QRG at .310. Then out of the ether came a bunch of call-signs all at the same time ( a small pile up on 2m ssb, wow), the operating practise I thought I had forgot came back to me and I was greatly cheered to hear all the Call-signs I had worked from SOTA hills in the past coming flooding in. a total of 17 qso’s including stalwart chasers , G2BOF,G6ODU,G0TRB,G0VOF,G0RQL and one of the “Cheltenham Boys” G0LGS. Also my old welsh buddy David M0YDH and also a summit to summit with Mike 2E0YYY/P from SP-004.
Switched over to my HF home-brew long-wire as 2m ssb had gone quiet, hoping to get my first ever qso on 5Mhz from a portable station. There were 2 guys chatting on 5.3985 and I tried unsuccessfully to break in for a radio report. Once they had cleared I gave a couple of calls on here and nothing. I found the MFJ ATU tuned up the wire on 60m within a couple of seconds, but had great difficulty on 40m and 17m which was unusual, so I suspected that the wire fence could have caused problems for the higher frequencies?? I sent a 2nd sms spot with my QRG being 5.389.5 (finding out when I got home that it had not appeared on SOTAWATCH, I think I had not sent the sms properly) and continued calling on here for a good 10 mins,but no joy today? by now because the Tuner was struggling on tuning up and it uses the power from the radio my 7ah SLAB had become below 11 volts, so decided to have some lunch and make my way down.
I have to say it was a struggle getting up today, I had forgotten how steep and how far it was from the car to the top.
I was overjoyed to get all the old call signs, friends and chasers who I had worked so often when I was more active, they made me feel that it was SO GOOD TO BE BACK !!
Thanks to all who patiently waited to work me and make my return so enjoyable I have missed you all and the hills