As I was heading to Shifnal to visit https://lilleracewear.com/ to get measured I decided to activate
G/WB-010 - The Wrekin & G/WB-002 - Brown Clee Hill
G/WB-010 - The Wrekin
Parked in the Forest Glen Car and faffed around paying for parking as the parking meter was out of order. Luckily I had enough of a 4g signal to be able to pay online. £3.15 for 3hrs including a 15p booking fee.
Looking at the weather I decided waterproof trousers was a good idea.
Following the path/driveway type road to up the hill took me past ‘Halfway House’ which is for sale
Part way up
At the top
When I did get to the top I was wonder where the trig point was. Then some mist moved to reveal
Further investigation revealed
After some pondering of where to setup, I decided it was all just as wet and misty, so I got setup just on the bank and got the mast up and plumbed in.
I was going to self-spot but decided to try and see what happens calling CQ.
CQing gave me 9 contacts on 2m.
While packing up I spotted this, which was hidden in the mist
The mist re-appeared and then mast almost disappeared again!
All done, I returned to the car to dry out and have a bite to eat before making the move to Brown Clee Hill
G/WB-002 - Brown Clee Hill
For Brown Clee Hill I parked at the location shown here Catterblog: The favourite five summits in the Welsh Borders
Just enough room for two cars. I parked close to the yellow salt bin to allow access to both gates if needed.
Again waterproofs required. Kit sorted and off I went. Not sure how long it took me to do the clumb but I stopped off part way a couple of times to admire the view…I mean have a breather…
As I approached the hill after the last gate the ground was soggy and muddy.
Once at the top the views improved as the mist had lifted a bit.
I got setup on 2m and tried a self spot but for some reason I was getting certificate errors accessing sotawatch to self spot. I gave up and again called CQ.
15 in the log before grey/black clouds appeared in the distance.
I took this a hint to pack in. Just as I got packed up and halfway across the boggy ground, rain appeared followed by a brief hailing session.
Back to the car, sat nav set and an ETA of 1830 / or 2hrs drive home.