Meeting MW0TUB at Wrexham, Dave jumped into my car and we headed of for NW-031 Esgeiriau Gwynion. On arriving at the car park, Dave was a little surprised when I confirmed that I was taking the Collinear along plus a couple of poles and two SLABs. About 10 minutes into this walk, it became what can only be described a bog ‘n’ slog. The ground was a dreadful combination of peat hags and leg sapping bog. Even with a light load this summit would be fairly challenging, however with the approximate 20kg I was carrying, this was hard work.
We took a couple of short cuts in order to save some climbing and walking, however with the ground under foot very wet in places, I doubt we saved much time or effort. Approaching the last 800 metres or so, I finally relented and dumped one of the slabs as well as my coat, made a note of where they were in order to retrieve them on the descent. On reaching the summit, we were greeted by a tiny cairn composed of quartz rocks. We both set about assembling our antennas, Dave his linked dipole and and me the collinear. On closer inspection of the surroundings, I looked at Dave and suggested that with so many summits such as Aran Fawddwy and Glasgwm towering around us I may have I may have brought along the wrong antenna and could have trouble qualifying this one on VHF FM.
I had noted that the previous 26 activations of this summit had only yielded 401 contacts, 178 of then on 2m.
I put out a CQ on 145.500 and Nigel 2E0NHM, immediately returned my call and spotted me. Within 8 minutes the summit was qualified the fourth contact being a S2S with Derek 2E0MIX on G/LD-006 Pillar. From then on, it was all downhill, the calls rolled in with many stations surprised to hear what was for many of them a unique. Once again, the X-300 had performed its sorcery and all the hard work dragging it to the summit was paying off. The summit to summits continued, as did many other stations looking for this one. Prize for the most commitment, must go to Sharron 2W0OSH/M who couldn’t hear me so jumped in her car to make enough height to make the contact! Meanwhile, Dave was making progress on the paddle and mic, finding Rich N4EX as well as some great contacts on 5Mz.
We packed up fairly late and looked at the walk down …with very little enthusiasm.
Without doubt, this must be SOTA’s most depressing summit, an undulating slog, comprising of peat hags and bog, and even more depressing when using a microphone, the SOTA summit with the most unpronounceable name in the world
Would I do this one again? Well, quite frankly, I’d rather stick pins in my eyes.
My haul for the day was 89 2m FM contacts, and I think Dave managed about 100 with a combination of many frequencies and modes
Thanks to all the chasers…