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Cyrn-y-Brain NW-043

 

Cyrn-y-Brain, GW/NW-043 - 565m ASL - SJ 208 488 - OS Explorer 256 - 2 SOTA points        Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Saturday 1st February 2020 - Moel y Gamelin GW/NW-042 & Cyrn-y-Brain GW/NW-043

After Moel y Gamelin GW/NW-042, it was one of the highlights of every SOTA year for me - lunch at the Ponderosa Cafe on Horseshoe Pass.  As usual, I opted for the traybake steak pie, with chips, vegetables and gravy, and as usual, it was fabulous.  A suitable constitutional walk is advisable after that, but of course we were going straight up Cyrn-y-Brain behind the cafe.

Cyrn-y-Brain as viewed earlier from Moel y Gamelin        Ponderosa Cafe, with Cyrn-y-Brain towering behind

The relatively short and easy walk up the vehicle access track always seems to fly by after the longer earlier hike, and with the benefit of the "refuelling" at the cafe.  I went around to the East side of the transmitter compound on summit to gain some shelter from the wind, which I feared would have been troublesome for my 80m-40m-30m-20m dipole.

Tom M1EYP        Cyrn-y-Brain summit

I kicked off on 20m FT8, but after only three QSOs realised that 40m would be the better option.  A few more QSOs were made there, plus one on 80m.  Three contacts were added on 2m FM with the Yaesu FT-70D handheld, before Richard and I set off back down the hill.  Later on in the pub, we revealed our results to each other - who made most contacts in the day?  Richard on 2m FM, or me on HF FT8?  Watch the video below to find out!

Screenshot of FT8 QSO with Roger F5LKW  

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

13:41

SQ9NFC

14MHz

FT8

13:46

SQ9LFQ

14MHz

FT8

13:49

EA5W

14MHz

FT8

13:52

SQ9CWZ

14MHz

FT8

14:03

PA3CPS

7MHz

FT8

14:04

ON4CJU

7MHz

FT8

14:06

DK5AL

7MHz

FT8

14:15

HB9DXA

7MHz

FT8

14:21

MW0PDV

7MHz

FT8

14:22

IU1CYA

7MHz

FT8

14:23

F5LKW

7MHz

FT8

14:24

HB9CRY

7MHz

FT8

14:26

LA2JLA

7MHz

FT8

14:36

G4TJC

3.5MHz

FT8

14:57

2W0JYN

144MHz

FM

14:58

MW6SHF

144MHz

FM

14:58

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

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