Geoff Passey 2E0BTR and I activated this mountain today for SOTA. We parked in the layby not the field and were walking at 1020 BST straight up to the waterfall and up to the ridge. Above the top fence “Ffridd”] we made our way into the clouds and onto Moel Sych [Moel Gwlyb today] before walking along the undulating ridge to the shelter on the false summit and the trig point on the true summit of Cadair Berwyn. Being early we ate lunch/ snap / scran and caught tantalising glimpses of the beautiful hills and valleys through breaks in the cloud. We screwed in a Passey ground screw and post and fastened the SOTAbeam and mast to it, followed by Geoff’s fine dipole set along the fence line. Geoff made 10 or so contacts on 2m ssb. I self-spotted us on FMF spot service and struck up on 80m which was noise free. I had four contacts who got through:- John GW4BVE, John M0JDK, Nick M6NJB in Shepton Mallet, Somerset and David G3RDQ in Stockbridge, Hants. Save for John BVE a few miles away my small signal was being received with difficulty in the towns of England but the four stations were loud and clear on the hill. Geoff said some of his callers were trying to find me but heard nothing [thanks for making the effort]. I set the links for 40m and found a spot at 7.190MHz away from the “59 what is your callsign” world and was preparing the text message when the rain started in earnest. Geoff said it was time to pack up however a happy distraction arrived in the shape of a man from Cynwyd. He was in his woolly jumper and regular trousers carrying a staff and quite philosophical on how wet he was getting now. I chatted with him in Welsh [same dialect as mine], commenting that it was raining old ladies and walking sticks and wasn’t he as wet as a sheep by now?
We returned the way we came in horizontal rain, regretting the early / necessary termination of the activation. Thanks to Geoff for the driving and chat. This mountain is one to repeat next year.