SOTA road trip, Day 1 - Saturday 1st August 2020
From Bryn Amlwg GW/MW-015, it was a short drive south to the Bwlch-y-gle dam at the head of the Llyn Clywedog reservoir. I drove into the public car park here, but tried to best "hide" my car behind some trees in order to avoid it being easily spotted from the road, due to my plan to campover.
It was now pitch black, so the ascent was all done by the light of my Petzl Actik headtorch. The pack was now a lot heavier with the addition of backpacking tent, sleeping bag and pillow. As I zigzagged up the steep slope on the side of the hill, the way became illuminated by bright moonlight, and hundreds of pairs of eyes were seen looking my way from the many sheep!
The first job upon reaching the summit was to find a reasonably comfortable and sheltered spot to pitch the tent. With that done, and my sleeping bag and pillow all set out, I did a little bit of radio operating. This time I went straight to FT8, and worked a pleasing batch of North American stations. I was ready for a good sleep, and I wasn't disappointed!
SOTA road trip, Day 2 - Sunday 2nd August 2020
I continued operating on 17m FT8 beyond the UTC date rollover for a new activation, but this stretched to just three QSOs before the band really seemed to die - and I was ready for some sleep!
I awoke again a few hours later and made some 17m CW contacts, but the band was very slow and quiet, and the logbook was filling very slowly!
I decided that my time would be better spent packing up my overnight camp and descneding. A spectacular view rewarded me on the descent, with a terrific rainbow over the reservoir.
The first new summit for the start of the second day of the trip, would be Cefn Cenarth GW/MW-039.