This is a strange little summit, almost forgotten. It lies just outside of Welshpool and although there are alternative routes, I’ve always approached it by driving up to the Golf Club Car Park. The road to the car park is via a very narrow single track, with few passing places and BTW, try not to run any of the sheep over on your way to the Club House. You’ll need to pray a car doesn’t come from the other direction or you will have a problem!
Time to the summit is between 15 and 20 minutes and is approached by crossing a few fairways and keeping your head down to avoid any golf balls. There are good views from the summit which is a bit restricted for antennas, unless you’re working vertical.
This summit had seen very little HF activity and virtually none on the higher frequencies. Therefore, when I started off on the 20m band, I ran into a big pile-up of unique, 2Q and every man and his dog chasers. I’ve worked enough pile-ups to manage them comfortably, however, this one was a real scrum.
While trying to work Barry N1EU in NY, I pleaded with the pile-up to standby, however, rather frustratingly, a number of chasers refused to pipe down. I suspect that it may have been the chasers who joined the pile-up to see what all the fuss was about, not the regular SOTA Chasers. Thanks to Barry for being so patient, nice to get him in the log again.
On the VHF side of things, working this summit vertical on FM is a real challenge. Even the mighty collinear had its work cut out, as this summit is surrounded by many hills making take-off difficult. A beam would be distinct advantage here, but I’m not into beams. As for qualifying this summit on an HT and rubber duck, I suspect there’s more chance of Income Tax being scrapped.
The higher HF frequencies produced a bit of DX for a change with a nice 5500Km hop to the border of Asiatic Russia and my first SOTA JA contact for ages.
Thanks for the S2S with Tubby and Karen.
Total number of contacts 127, 80 HF and 47 VHF.
Once again, thanks to all the chasers.