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Bryn Amlwg MW-015

 

Bryn Amlwg, GW/MW-015 - 488m ASL - SN 921 973 - OS Explorer 215 - 1 SOTA point         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Tuesday 4th June 2019

The Tuesday fun/contest evening came into play - but more of that later.  We had breakfast relatively late at 0815 BST, then headed south.

Receiving Radio Caroline in the car while waiting for a break in the weather         Initial green track up Bryn Amleg

We parked up close to the Carno Wind Farm and waited for the rain to stop.  And waited.  And waited.  To be fair this was exactly as forecast, but I hoped for a break in the rain that would allow us to pounce and conduct a rapid activation of this straightforward summit.  I bided my time while compiling a bandscan of the long wave and medium wave bands on my car radio. 49 logs were recorded, with 549 Spirit Radio - Ireland, 1170 Swansea Sound, 648 Radio Caroline, 1296 Radio XL - Birmingham, 1368 Manx Radio, 801 BBC Radio Devon and 1026 Downtown Radio - Belfast amongst the most interesting.

Freq

UTC

Station & details

183

1055

Europe 1, Felsberg - advertisements, FF

198

1056

BBC Radio 4, Droitwich - Breath is Life

234

1059

RTL, Junglinster - ad for Renault Clio

252

1100

RTE Radio 1, Kilmessan - news in Irish

549

1103

Spirit Radio, Carlickroe - news, Donald Trump

558

1106

Love Sport, London - chat about antisemitism in football

585

1512

BBC Radio Scotland, Dumfries - // 810

648

1112

Radio Caroline, Essex - ID, album rock

657

1114

BBC Radio Wales, Wrexham - gin

693

1115

BBC Radio 5 Live, Droitwich - Emma Barnett

720

1116

BBC Radio 4, Lisnagarvey - book reading

738

1118

BBC Hereford & Worcester, Worcester - Alanis Morissette

774

1121

Smooth Radio, Gloucestershire - Ronan Keating

801

1122

BBC Radio Devon, Barnstaple - listener texts

810

1123

BBC Radio Scotland, Wetserglen - US trade deal

828

1514

BBC Asian Network, Wolverhampton - talk about whispering, As. Mx

837

1124

BBC Radio Cumbria, Barrow-in-Furness - BBC Sounds

855

1124

Sunshine Radio, Ludlow - INXS

882

1125

BBC Radio Wales, Washford (PRES) - gin //657

909

1125

BBC Radio 5 Live, Moorside Edge - Emma Barnett

990

1126

BBC Radio 5 Live, Tywyn - Emma Barnett //909

1017

1128

Absolute Classic Rock, Shrewsbury - "Money" - Pink Floyd

1026

1132

Downtown Radio, Knockbreckan - "Northern Ireland's greatest hits"

1053

1133

talkSPORT, Droitwich - Bob Mills //1089 + 1107

1089

1133

talkSPORT, Moorside Edge - Bob Mills //1053 + 1107

1107

1134

talkSPORT, Wallasey - Bob Mills //1053 + 1089

1116

1134

BBC Radio Derby, Burnaston Lane - cricket commentary

1125

1135

BBC Radio Wales, Llandrindod Wells - interview

1152

1156

Absolute Classic Rock, Birmingham - "Number of the Beast"

1161

1520

Smooth, Swindon - Corrs

1170

1205

Swansea Sound, Winsh Wen - wx, Fleetwood Mac

1197

1209

Absolute Radio, Gloucester - Lightning Seeds //1215 + 1242

1215

1210

Absolute Radio, Droitwich - Lightning Seeds //1197 + 1242

1233

1520

Absolute Radio, Northampton - "Ironic"

1242

1210

Absolute Radio, Stoke-on-Trent - Lightning Seeds //1197 + 1215

1260

1210

Smooth Radio, Wrexham - Tasmin Archer

1296

1212

Radio XL, Birmingham - Asian rlg song

1305

1212

Smooth Radio, Newport - Pet Shop Boys

1341

1213

BBC Radio Ulster, Lisnagarvey - drug issues

1368

1214

Manx Radio, Foxdale - chat, pop

1413

1216

BBC Radio Gloucestershire, Berkley Heath - chat, pop

1458

1221

Gold, Manchester - T'Pau, Ian Dury

1458

1222

BBC Radio Cumbria, Whitehaven - chat, cricket

1458

1227

BBC Asian Network, Birmingham - Asian mx

1476

1228

Carillion Wellbring Radio, Coalville - soul mx

1485

1231

BBC Radio Merseyside, Wallasey - local rates

1503

1232

BBC Radio Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent - pop, chat

1548

1235

City Talk, Liverpool - chat about architecture & art

1584

1236

BBC Hereford & Worcester, Woofferton - quiz, Ronan Keating

Lunch was taken in the car - Baxter’s Lobster Bisque - still my all-time favourite.  As the afternoon wore on, there was no let up in the rain, so we gave up and went to look for a pub. The Aleppo Merchant Inn was excellent, with a very good pool table and delicious Monty IPA.  It was noted for future reference that they did reasonably priced bar snacks and rooms.

Getting close to the wide summit plateau        Carno Wind Farm

Summit trig        Tom M1EYP

By 6pm it had stopped raining, so we returned up the hill, parked again and this time set off walking to the summit.  It was an easy walk along wind farm roads with only about 100m of ascent, but a bit of horizontal distance requiring around 35 minutes each way.  Shortly after setting up, the midges came down.  Shortly after that, the rain came down.  Both of us operated in our bothy bags.

Jimmy M0HGY        Wind turbines

Jimmy operating on 2m FM        Picturesque stream on the descent

I limped to four QSOs on 20m CW.  Jimmy got to three on 2m FM, but it was now after 7pm, so the Tuesday night FMAC was underway.  So a couple of contesters were worked for a stress-free qualification.  By the time we’d descended, it was 8.30pm BST, so unlikely we’d be back in Dolgellau in time for food.  Instead, we returned to the Aleppo and availed ourselves of the bar snacks menu.  The chilli, chips and onion rings was a simple but enjoyable supper.  We had our sights set on Y Llethr GW/NW-017 for the following day.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Op

18:00z

MW0OFA

144MHz

FM

MW0HGY/P

18:02z

YL/DK7OG

14MHz

CW

MW1EYP/P

18:06z

UR6AJ

14MHz

CW

MW1EYP/P

18:07z

GW6CWD

144MHz

FM

MW0HGY/P

18:07z

N4EX

14MHz

CW

MW1EYP/P

18:11z

GW4VPX

144MHz

FM

MW0HGY/P

18:17z

G7RHF

144MHz

FM

MW0HGY/P

18:17z

UTVW

14MHz

CW

MW1EYP/P

18:20z

M0TMD/P

144MHz

FM

MW0HGY/P