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Garth Hill SW-034

 

Garth Hill, GW/SW-034 - 307m ASL - ST 103 835 - OS Explorer 151 - 1 SOTA point         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

 

Easter Saturday 19th April 2014 - Garth Hill GW/SW-034

The final one of the four summits close to Barry was Garth Hill. We parked at ST100829, opposite the start of the steep private road. This tarmac lane serves a couple of properties on the hillside, and doubles as a PROW onto the common and the popular Ridgeway Walk.

My end-fed HF aerial, with Jimmy setting his VHF antenna higher up in the background        Liam

Once onto the common, the gradient eased and the views opened up. We curved around to the mound on the summit of Garth Hill. Jimmy went to the trig point and set up for 2m, while Liam and I used the mound as shelter. 

Jimmy M0HGY        Tom M1EYP

After the unconfined joy of seven 12m contacts on Mynydd y Glyn 3 hours earlier, it was back to normal on Garth with a long struggle to get the Challenge multiplier, eventually coming from a QSO with Igor RW3SK on SSB. Thereafter it was onto 20m for six CW contacts. Jimmy managed 8 QSOs on 2m FM, including a couple of S2S.

SOTAbeams Micro Z        FT-817

That evening, it was back to the arcades on Barry Island, and then to the local Brewers' Fayre for the all-you-can-eat "Chicken Feast", which was distinctly average. Back at the hotel, the lads went to their rooms and presumably to bed, while I played my traditional Saturday night game of trying to stay awake through Match of the Day - which as usual, I failed. 

Liam trying to win money        Evening meal time

We planned to head in the direction of Port Talbort and Mynydd Dinas GW/SW-040 the next morning.

MW0JLA/P on Tor y Foel GW/SW-013

2m

FM

J

MW0COD

2m

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J

G4OGW

2m

FM

J

M0ZPZ/M

2m

FM

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G0RQL

2m

FM

J

G0GRI/M

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RW3SK

12m

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T

G0SNB

2m

FM

J

MW6BWA/P on Allt y Esgair GW/SW-023

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J

CT1BWW

20m

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T

IN3NJB

20m

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T

OH9XX

20m

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T

OM1AX

20m

CW

T

DJ5AV

20m

CW

T

DF3MC

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