Hello SOTA people
M0YDH is my new callsign. M0 callsigns are tricky to find from the remainder. I’d hoped for M1DEI or M0DEI which would be CW friendly but alas not on offer. Thanks to everyone in SOTA for help, encouragement and making this award scheme such a rewarding part of the hobby. I studied with Telford & District ARS and cannot praise the club’s examiner and tutor Mike G3JKX enough.
Last Thursday on Cadair Idris was the last outing for 2W0DAI/P . I gave it a good send off by cycling from home in Wolverhampton with the family over four days to get to the base of the mountain and stay at Hafod Dywyll farm campsite [just above Kings YHA and very cheap]. I can recommend the crossing of the Berwyns on the Hirnant pass for sheer cycling grit needed to get over and gorgeous scenery. We were glad to reach the summit of the pass and the family were delighted when they made sure I didn’t start riding from there towards GW/NW-032 Cyrniau Nod! The descent into my home valley was a delight. I grew up in Rhos-y-Gwaliau in the Hirnant valley so finally getting round to cycling over the pass and down towards “home” was a great feeling. I couldn’t pass the turning for Plas Rhiwaeadog - the former Bala youth hostel where we lived and my parents worked - without a look. http://www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/hafan/heritage/cultural_heritage_planning/rhiwaedog/rhiwaedog_gallery_3.htm shows that it is in peril of becoming a ruin. It’s a sad sight. Perhaps some of you stayed there over twenty years ago?
Back to the activation. We climbed GW/NW-009 by the Pony Track in fair conditions and it was my youngest son Peter’s first Mountain ascent. After lunch in the summit refuge I coaxed a last SMS message out of my phone [before the battery failed] to send a FMF spot. I’d carried a SOTABeam MFD dipole belonging to my Friday activations buddy Alastair 2E0SCZ [was M6ALR till last month - also thanks to G3JKX] rather than the beam and fishing pole. I tuned the 817 to 144.3 usb and called cq. Roger G0TRB answered the call and we qsy’ed to 144.320 for which he put up a spot. Thanks Roger. After a long period of calling CQ I finally spoke with Walt G3NYY/P who was out on Birdlip Hill. Frank G3RMD wanted to know why the signal wasn’t as strong as normal. No reflector and director on this one my friend. I now have my own MFD for future Lakeland multiple Wainwright walks. I had five calls on ssb in total. I caught Matt 2W0XTL/M on the A55 with 2m FM and rather hope we managed to exchange reports. 2W0DAI/P concluded with a QSO mostly in Welsh with Aled MW6UPH in Blaenau Ffestiniog. We packed up and descended in increasingly awful weather and arrived back at the tent tired and drenched. The rain and wind persisted for 24 hours by which time we’d ridden on NCN8 over the mountains to Corris on our way to Tre Taliesin near Borth. The activation was part of a big family adventure and Ann-Charlotte and the boys did very well covering over 150 miles with full touring luggage during five moving-on days in an 11 day cycling holiday.
On the 5MHz NoV application, is it enough to say ‘Propagation studies and portable operation’ on the reason for the request?
I can now contemplate Jamboree on the Air in October for our scout troop for which I’m assistant leader. I rather hope we can operate from G/WB-010 the Wrekin for a couple of hours. Keep it simple and SOTA! Which is better - a special event callsign or obtaining a club callsign for our embryonic scout radio activities?
M6WOW / 2E0DAI / M0YDH