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Moel y Gamelin NW-042

 

Moel y Gamelin, GW/NW-042 - 578m ASL - SJ 176 465 - 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

This particular SOTA outing has developed a rather typical pattern.  It invariably starts with me picking up Richard G3CWI from his QTH five minutes drive from mine.  Unusually, no flask of soup is prepared - and that's because lunch is always taken at the marvellous Ponderosa Cafe which sits at the parking spot between the two hills.  The difference today was that Richard, now a keen YouTuber, had an idea for a video shoot.

Richard G3CWI comes to investigate   Bandhopper 4 battling the gales!   Tom M1EYP

I always prefer to tackle Moel y Gamelin first, as it is the longer and more strenuous of the two, albeit still a perfectly pleasant walk of about 45 to 60 minutes.  It was very windy, so I needed to drop down on the East side of the summit to gain sufficient shelter to get the Bandhopper 4 linked dipole erected - and find a spot comfortable enough in which to operate.

View from Moel y Gamelin summit         Looking over to Cyrn-y-Brain

Richard's idea for the film was a "shootout" to see who could make the most contacts.  As usual in these "contests", Richard chose his own working conditions, while specifying what mind had to be.  I was restricted to using the FT8 datamode on HF, while Richard would use 2m FM from his handheld.  The results - and indeed the resulting video can be seen on the Cyrn-y-Brain GW/NW-043 report - as that was the summit we went to after the lunch in Ponderosa.

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

S2S

10:31

EI9IB

3.5MHz

FT8

 

10:32

GM0AXY

3.5MHz

FT8

 

10:35

MW0IDX

3.5MHz

FT8

 

10:38

G4RRM

3.5MHz

FT8

 

10:40

G4TJC

3.5MHz

FT8

 

10:42

MW0OFA

3.5MHz

FT8

 

10:46

M0TMD

3.5MHz

FT8

 

10:53

SQ9NFC

10MHz

FT8

 

10:55

IK3ZBG

10MHz

FT8

 

10:58

IU1JRN

10MHz

FT8

 

11:03

DB8SB

10MHz

FT8

 

11:07

DB6LL

10MHz

FT8

 

11:10

DF1OA

10MHz

FT8

 

11:12

DL5DQZ

10MHz

FT8

 

11:14

SP5UFE

10MHz

FT8

 

11:37

2E0LKC

144MHz

FM

 

11:40

MW0TYM/P

144MHz

FM

GW/NW-044

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