Joint activation report from ‘Y Golfa’ GW/NW-061 - Saturday 18th June 2022
So, we had planned a S2S morning in GW land followed by a BBQ and get together in the afternoon. Today was also my MG activation which I’d been looking forward to for some time
‘Y Golfa’ GW/NW-061 is a very easy walk and situated bang in the middle of a golf course (FOUR) . This would be one of my local summits only being 4 miles down the road.
I met Allan in the car park and we made our way across the course towards the trig:
We had started off rather early, so there was no rush. We took in the 360 degree views as I pointed out all the surrounding SOTA summits to Allan. We always manage to find a lot to talk about! The walk is approximately 3/4 of a mile, one steep ascent and the rest is pretty flat. It didn’t take us long to reach the final pull below the trig stone:
Being as this was my MG activation, I had carried the kitchen sink with me to the top! Allan was laughing as I kept pulling all sorts of equipment out of my bag. It was like a magician pulling rabbits out of his hat
We reached the trig and took about 10 minutes until we were all set up for practically every band under and over the sun. The 7m pole was standing strong with antenna’s hanging off. We began by working 2m FM and sharing the mic. The aim to start off with was to both qualify! I made the third contact and passed over the mic to Allan:
He returned the microphone where I put a CQ SOTA call out for the fourth contact. Fingers were crossed and teeth were grit! The mic was de-keyed and @2e0dij Duane came in to qualify the summit for us I now had 1000 points - woohooo! There was smiles on both our faces and Allan had kindly brought a card with him and also presented me with a Mountain Goat cloth badge - thank you very much Allan!
It was now time to chill and enjoy working everyone on as many bands as possible! There was a fantastic turn out for the GW SOTA S2S party, so I managed 15 S2S contacts in a very short space. I won’t name them all, but thank you ever so much for the great support and livening the Welsh mountains up on this wet morning! No bad wx stops us Welsh folk!
In total, I worked 23 stations on 2m FM, 13 on 40m, 1 on 60m, 1 on 17m and 4 on 20m to finish off. What a fantastic morning had on a 1 point summit which is only 1120ft ASL. After putting out a final call, it was time to celebrate with a traditional Welsh cake (which seems to be the norm in Wales now - thanks to @MW0KXN Kevin) and a good cup of flask tea:
I’d like to thank Allan for his great company as per normal and also for the prezzie - I’ll be sewing the badge on my Yaesu cap very soon!
We both made for our descent, chucked our gear in both cars and made our way to the GW SOTA get together - people to meet and burgers to eat!
This was a fantastic get together where I met all the great people I speak to on various mountains around Wales. We all had a nice time, despite the wx being poor, and also raised a considerable amount of money for the running of SOTA This will be sent over in the next couple of days!
I’d personally like to take this opportunity to thank all the chasers out there for your tremendous support! I wouldn’t have been able to do my adventure if it wasn’t for you I’d also like to thank all the activators for the S2S made and also to the SOTA MT for running such a great hobby!
Hope to catch you all soon! It won’t be long until I’m back out!
73, GW4BML. Ben