A Welsh Doublet - GW/NW-044 & GW-NW-051 - 13 November 2011 - GW4OOE/P
The xyl and I were visiting family in Chester so I took the opportunity to activate Moel Famau and Foel Fenlli in the Clwydian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. After about a 30 miles journey, I arrived at a suitable parking spot (SJ 264607) at 0813. The weather was somewhat disappointing as it was very damp and misty. I followed the well defined footpath to the Jubilee Tower arriving at 0915. After briefly exploring the tower (built in 1810 to celebrate 50 years reign of King George III) and finding the trig point, I set up by a fence utilising the posts to support my mast and walking poles. At 0952 I was active on 7030-cw working many G stations on the short skip and a few Europeans. I was getting a bit concerned about the dampness and once the pile up had finished I quickly packed away the FT-857 and switched to working 145-fm with my 2m handheld. Weather conditions had deteriorated and I left the summit at 1105 arriving back at the car at 1145. After changing my battery and brief refreshment I headed off to Foel Fenlli, the footpath sign said 1/4 of a mile but I know I walked much further than that along quite a steep path, part way along Offa’s Dyke Footpath and then ascending a steep stone stair case to the summit arriving at 1230. The weather here was very different, the visibility was much better but the wind was horrendous and there was only a small pile of stones at the summit. It took me quite a while to get my fibre glass pole guyed and I was on 7032-cw at 1308. This time most of my contacts were European with only six but very strong UK stations. After a while I again switched to 145-fm and I closed down at 1350. The walk back to the car was very pleasant, I could at last see some of the great views across to Foel Famau where I had been in the morning. I arrived back at the car at 1444. I really enjoyed activating these two summits. The car park is situated in between summits, so very handy for a between activation refreshment break and battery change at the car. A good 4 points or even better 10 points if you can do them in the Winter! I would like to thank G4SSH and anyone else that spotted me and thanks of course to all that worked me. It was a great thrill to get such a positive response to my CQ SOTA call!
FT-857D - 20 watts - 40m dipole supported by fibre glass pole and two walking poles.
2 x 7Ah sealed lead acid batteries (1 on each summit)
TH-79E - 5 watts - 2m SOTA dipole
Activity - GW/NW-044
7030-cw - DL, F, G, HA, OK, ON, S5 - 22
145-fm - G - 8
Total - 30
Activity - GW/NW-051
7032-cw - DL, EA, F, G, GM, HA, HB9, I, OE, ON - 21
145-fm - G, GW - 9
Total - 30