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Foel Goch NW-039

 

Foel Goch, GW/NW-039 - 611m ASL - SH 953 423 - OS Explorer OL18 - 4 SOTA points          Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Friday 31st December 2021 - New Yearís Eve - Foel Goch GW/NW-039

Gig: Simon Faulkner Band

Venue: Bistro Live!, Milton Keynes

Things continued in a similar vein for my last SOTA activation of the year. Handheld and rubber duck low-effort high-speed operating - and exactly four contacts worked once again!  The original plan was to activate the nearest SOTA summit to MK - the uninspiring Wendover Woods G/CE-005.  However, that is at least a half-hour drive beyond Milton Keynes, which would of course mean at least an extra hourís driving to include it before the gig.

Summit cairn and trig        Tom MW1EYP/P

I checked out Google Maps, and found that a wide diversion via Foel Goch GW/NW-039 also caused an extra hour of driving - so effectively equivalent.  The choice between those two options was a no-brainer!  Iíve always enjoyed Foel Goch.  Itís a lovely summit with a pleasant and fairly easy approach.  And with 4 points plus 3 bonus available, itís great VFM.  The four 2m FM QSOs included S2S with John GW0MHF/P on Foel Fenlli GW/NW-051.

Stage set up for the gig        The band in the dressing room

Finally, it was then a long but easy drive along the A5, M54, M6 and M1 to the venue in MK.  Happy New Year everyone!

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

S2S

12:42

G0NAJ

144MHz

FM

 

12:43

MW0PJE

144MHz

FM

 

12:44

GW0MHF/P

144MHz

FM

GW/NW-051

12:45

2E0FVF

144MHz

FM

 

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