My XYL said she wanted to take the kids swimming this morning at the holiday park’s pool. I’m not a fan of swimming, I haven’t been in a pool since I visited Florida in 2002! So, unexpectedly, I had some free time this morning.
I decided to try to squeeze in a quick activation of Carn Fadryn GW/NW-058. The drive to the former chapel at Garn Fadryn took about 25 minutes, and, without stopping to admire the lovely view, it took me 21 minutes to reach the trig point.
Again I used the MTR 2 bander and 30m/20m dipole on 4m pole. Although my phone was showing full bars of signal, I couldn’t get data to work, so although I tried many times, I couldn’t spot myself. It had been such a rush decision to do some SOTA that I hadn’t set an alert. Business was slow but eventually I worked a French station who seemed to be looking for a general QSO. It was fantastic to have two S2S contacts into HB9. After 5 QSO’s the callers dried up and even a change to 20m (still no spot) produced no further QSOs. At one point, I had extreme QRM from two Hawk jets that circled the summit three times at about 1000ft, one pass was obviously a ‘flying lap’
I was back at the holiday caravan for 1230 local to have some lunch with the family and hear about their swimming.
GW/NW-058 Trig point, mast can also be seen
MTR #267 30m/20m
Wx was mostly sunny