GW/NW-039 Foel Goch 26/03/2010 11:00
Friday was a use it or lose it leave day from work so decided to go back to one of favourites and then try a new one for the PM time:
As usual left home in glorious sunshine,even having my sunglasses on for some of the journey. Left in plenty of time to get to park spot at gate to Ceseilgwm, but road works galore on the A494 (Im a poet & I didn’t know it HiHi) Down the lovely welsh country lanes with a few near misses on the tight sections I found all the gates open right up to park area. weather had now turned cloudy and a slight chill in the air. set off and soon became apparent I had forgotten how incessant this climb was with no let up approaching 2nd gate. turning right over grassland was the most direct route up but still steep all the way.
Arrived at the top to a wind I had not encountered before on any summit. put up my Fishing shelter brolley having to tie it down and bungee it to AONB stone. started on 2m ssb with no call backs, decided to self spot and my phone had poor signal. resorted to getting Bill G4USW to spot me after working me first then managed a total of 6 contacts with GW7AAV being the only other regular to call me. tried 70cm ssb with no results so went to simplex on .500 and no comebacks. by now I was feeling very cold with no let up from this very strong wind I decided to get back of the hill and have some lunch before heading for the 2nd of the day.
GW/NW-048 Mynydd Nodol 26/03/2010 13.30
This was to be a unique for me today as I have avoided it in the past due to there being no distinct route to top! I had already arrived late at park spot at entrance to Ty Draw and was not looking forward to totally relying on my Etrex to get up here now. walked back down road and found PROW sign going through the very rickety gate there was as Roger MW0IDX said there was a path of sorts,but very quickly found myself Heather hopping with only a quarter of the walk in completed. I used my etrex to point me in the right direction and eventually reached a level off at 490m giving my poor legs a nice rest before finally reaching summit over half an hour late! This walk in made me realise why this one had not been activated since May 2009! and then it proved that my poor day was not over as I gave calls out on 300 sbb with no regulars coming back to me. in the end I had to be satisfied with 4 contacts from non regulars. 2 pals of mine Husband and Wife team M0GWW,Jan and 2E0WXL Allen who were Static on Denham Hill. struggled with my other pal Andy 2E0ZMO/M who was in Chorley on 2m fm got there in the end but only just. my saving grace was Eddie in Crewe M0DDG who made it no4 in the log before all went quiet. Deciding enough was enough today, worn out with Heather hopping most of the way up I then had to negotiate myself back down. More than glad to see my trusty steed waiting for me I headed home once again mainly in sunshine.avoiding the road works by going back on the chester road.
G/SP-015 The Cloud 27/03/2010 11:30
I had originally alerted for Moel Gyw today with pub lunch as Elaine had not been up that one with me. I decided only on the morning to do two SP summits,with the pub lunch in between them. my Reasoning was that if I got 2 points in today then when we do Cadair Berwyn ( our most Favourite) on Good Friday it would give me 150 Activator points.
Elaine had not been up Cloud so it was a chance for her to see it, setting off again in plenty of time, arriving at Cloudside with about 10 mins to alert time was quite comfortable with that. no park spot available as a large people carrier with Antennas on had taken the last space!! so parked about 200 yds further down just past the Gun Club.
Arriving at Cloud Summit to find a certain M1EYP and a HH I joked to him " I hope thats not 2m and your pinching my chasers??" We had a quick chat while I was setting up the beam and then Tom worked from parking area and kindly put a spot on for me( Hes a nice chap really Hi Hi) 6 contacts on SSB including qualifying it with EI3GE JIm in Dublin (overseas contact and no4 in the log Excellent result !!) my old pal M1DAP Mike got me on fm with GW4OKT Keith being the only other fm contact. It was time for that promised pub lunch at the Royal Oak at Rushton recommended by G3CWI. He wasnt wrong food was excellent quite reasonable and a pint of Sneck Lifter washed my Steak Pudding down lovely( Tom is definetly rubbing off on me HiHi) plenty of relax at the pub as its less than 10 mins to Gun park spot.
G/SP-013 Gun 27/03/2010 14:30
Final of four for the two days of activity brought us the easiest ascent of any summit. Trig is visible from park spot and easy incline up. we set up just to left of Trig this time as weather was holding out well. Using gaps in collapsed stone wall to hold pole with beam. Was not expecting too much as this is only a one pointer with a good area of top being flat. gave call on 300 ssb and quite pleased to get a couple of the Cheltenham Boys in the Log with Stewart G0LGS being 1st giving me a spot before Frank G3RMD came in as no2 good to work both after a long time. 5 contacts on ssb including Mark G0VOF,I switched to fm and found Jimmy and Tom having a QSO on 475,I broke in to get both of them in the log then got chased by a couple of portable stations who were just out experimenting. 6 contacts on FM went quiet,so we called it a day and started the easy descent to car before heading back on the A54 from Congleton.
Despite poor weather on Friday the saturday made up for it and I am grateful for all who called me on the four summits. overall could have been better weather and would have liked more calls in the log but at least we had fun as usual!!
Best 73 to all who had contact with me.
And Elaine is now filling her ISWL log book as we write