Walking up Fan Gyhirych (GW/SW-006) yesterday at about 1050 I was monitoring 145.500 with my VX7 and helical stick aerial when I heard quite a lot of activity. I couldn’t understand the language but I could recognise parts of the call signs as EA8… and EA4… . There were also words like chincoquente (?) and much speech in neither English nor Welsh. I then realised that I was receiving Spanish transmissions and they didn’t seem to want to QSY from the British calling frequency!! I eventually turned the radio off and hoped that things would have quietened by the time I reached the summit about 15 mins later - which they did. On talking to M0JLA on Fan Nedd (GW/SW-007) on the other side of the valley I found that he was receiving Spain on the top but not on the way up (so I hadn’t imagined it…) On the way down, c1230, Spain came in again and I tried to make contact (with 5w and the stick!) and also heard other British callers probably trying to contact them but with no apparent success. By the time I reached the second summit all was quiet again - and also, apparently, on SW-006. One of my chasers who lived near Swansea said that locals had commented they had heard Spanish calls on 2m fm and wondered what had caused it - so it wasn’t only on the hills!
What areas were also involved and were other countries experiencing similar ‘lifts’ at the time? Incidentally, when doing a late activation of GW/SW-010 above Hirwaun at 1815 the language coming from me was definitely not Spanish when I realised that the local midges were enjoying the low wind speeds. Our thanks to Mal, GW6OVD for answering my call when we needed just one more contact before demolishing the station and hastening back to the car. Now I know whey we always visit the hill in winter. How about a 3-point midge bonus for Scottish summer visits- and some Welsh ones??