Last Sunday, the 3rd of December 2017, I finally activated Snaefell on the second attempt - the first was a very wet and windy spring evening during the week with zero visibility that taught me a lot about the FT-817 and moisture and bleedthrough. That was a quick 20 minute sprint up from the Bungalow but this time round we did the ‘sea to summit’ from Laxey which took around 2.5 hours up and 2 hours down with around an hour on the summit.
- Yeasu FT-270 2m 5W FM waterproof handheld
- Yaesu FT-817 5W all mode, all band transceiver (in drybag)
- Slim-G 2m antenna
- Sotabeams Quad Bander 20/30/40/80 dipole
- 10m Sotabeams compact squid pole (top 3 sections removed)
- 5AH 4 cell LiPo
- Waterproof log book
- Several protein bars
- 1.5L water
Approx pack weight with water: 8KG
The track up from Laxey to the disused mines is easy to find and follow. By the disused mine buildings there is a footpath sign that takes a sharp right up from the track before a building on the right. I would recommend following that path as shown on the map below. We followed the contour to the north and came a bit of a cropper in the valley below the mountain road. The path takes you to the ridgeline instead and gives you half a chance of not getting bogged down too much. It’s probably less effort too.
On the way down we followed the slightly longer route - again mostly very easy to find - towards Slieau Ruy. This gives excellent views of the North Barrule ridgeline.
The wind was pretty brisk at the top, probably around 40 mph with the windchill giving sub-zero temperatures so no time to loiter. I caught two Welsh activation’s on the FT-270R on the way up:
Upon reaching the summit I set up for 2m which was doing just fine then forgetting my ability to spot via SMS using SOTAspotter (it’s amazing how the cold ruins your brain - like swapping QRZ with QSL!) I had to call on 40m blind. Thankfully the previous activator G4RQJ who missed the 2m activation responded and then spotted and I had a quick run on 40m with one on 20m just as I was reminded how cold it was and persuaded to pack up and leave.
Great views from the top but not quite good enough for the seven kingdoms - I couldn’t see the UK coastline at all.
Many thanks to all the chasers.
Photo album here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/HMO0OAcokC1DiIUf2 (includes a few photos from 9-DEC-2017 where I did a little DX’ing from a snowy Douglas beach).
Time Call Band Mode Notes 12:19z 2E0LBI 144MHz FM 53 55 12:22z G0MRL 144MHz FM 55 59 Laurie IO83RO 12:22z MW1FGQ 144MHz FM 59 59 John 12:23z GI6FZI 144MHz FM 59 59 Gordon 12:24z GW0PLP 144MHz FM 53 51 Don IO72RC 12:26z 2I0VOF 144MHz FM 59 59+ Paddy 12:43z LX1CC 7MHz SSB 58 57 Mill 12:49z G4RQJ 7MHz SSB 58 58 Rob Walney Island 12:58z DL8DXL 7MHz SSB 51 33 13:00z PA5KM 7MHz SSB 58 59+ 13:01z DJ6OK 7MHz SSB 58 55 13:01z EA2DT 7MHz SSB 55 52 Manuel 13:02z F6FTB 7MHz SSB 51 42 13:03z 2E0XCZ 7MHz SSB 59 59 13:04z EA2CKX 7MHz SSB 59 52 13:05z M0IML 7MHz SSB 58 57 13:06z EA2DPA 7MHz SSB 52 55 13:16z 9A5O 14MHz SSB 58 57 Sado JN86D