It had been a rough old night, but the elements weren't able to remove the
guys, whether the human or the rope variety. The morning of Sunday 24th August
2008 however, promised much. It was warm and sunny, although still very breezy
and no doubt keeping the Bardsey boat at bay. We piled into the two cars
and drove the short distance around to the gate and track entrance up to Garn
Boduan. Campbell commented on how easy-going the walking was compared to the
trackless plods through bleak moorland he did with a mate in Ireland some time
ago. I admitted that I sometimes did that sort of walking as well!
The route up Garn Boduan is very short and easy, via a series of zigzagging
forest rides, with a short scramble up the rocks at the end. On of the summit
shelters seemed to be infested with hornets, so I elected to drop back down to
the heathery land below, shelter from the wind (and the hornets) and lap up the
sunshine. While setting up, Jimmy yelped to say that he thought a fly had
got up his trousers leg. He continued to squeak with anxiety as he heard it
buzzing and felt it rubbing against his leg, getting higher and higher. Then he
pulled out his trousers from his waist to reveal a rather large bee, no doubt
relieved to have the escape route rather than perform a suicide that could have
been particularly painful for Jimmy!
Campbell and Calum were amazed at how our smallish rucksacks transformed into
an HF antenna system reaching 7m into the sky and 20m across! Jimmy started
again, but had no joy on 40m SSB. I went to 7.032MHz CW and swiftly made 8 QSOs.
Another stab on 7.118MHz SSB by Jimmy brought a contact with Lutz DL3SBA/P. But
there was to be no further joy on HF. I packed the main station away, while
Jimmy scrambled back up to the summit shelter with his VX-110, which easily got
him the other three contacts required.
Back at the cars, Campbell and Calum said they were going into Pwllheli rather than doing any more walking. We, however, were going over to Carn Fadryn GW/NW-058. Many thanks to the following stations, all worked on 5 watts: