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Mynydd Eppynt SW-018

 

Mynydd Eppynt, GW/SW-018 - 478m ASL - SN 961 464 - OS Explorer 188 - 1 SOTA point         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

South Wales SOTA Trip - Day 5 (part 3) - Thursday 28th May 2015

I got Jimmy to direct me from Fan Nedd GW/SW-007, to the parking spot for Mynydd Eppynt GW/SW-018.  There are plenty of places to pull the car in, in the vicinty of the junction at SN963467.  The summit, within a military artillery range, remainded strictly out-of-bounds, so it was necessary to operate using SOTA's activation zone rule.  This meant a trivial short walk of a few footsteps from the car to the barrier, beside which we erected our antennas.

Activation spot on Mynydd Eppynt - not allowed any further        Jimmy setting up by the warning sign!

28MHz was working again, and a good job that it was - because 145MHz was not!  Hence Jimmy came over to my station at a point where he still hadn't secured a single contact!  Of course, after qualifying with four 10m SSB contacts, he then tried another call on 2m - and got two more stations!

Jimmy MW0HGY/P        Tom MW1EYP/P

I now had an idea.  YHA Llanddeusant was a self-catering hostel, and I fancied doing a bit of shopping on the way back there, and doing some home-made food for tea.  We called in at the supermarket in Llandovery and picked up ingredients - and of course some bottled local ales.  So after the shower and change at the hostel, I got to work in the members' kitchen and cooked up a scrummy pasta pake.  The lads and I got stuck in, going for seconds and thirds until the huge potful I had prepared was all gone.  The beers flowed into the evening as we sat and played Trivial Pursuit in the hostel lounge, before getting to bed.  We had completed all forty-one of the South Wales SOTA summits.  For the next day, then plan was to do some trivial repeat summits - and maybe break our record for activations in a day.  We would kick off with nearby Mynydd Uchaf GW/SW-031.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Op

16:12z

DJ8RS

28MHz

CW

T

16:14z

EA2DT

28MHz

CW

T

16:16z

AO150V

28MHz

CW

T

16:18z

G3RMD

28MHz

CW

T

16:19z

DK3QM

28MHz

CW

T

16:27z

ON4TA

28MHz

SSB

T, J

16:30z

OE3GGS

28MHz

SSB

T, J

16:32z

DK1WI

28MHz

SSB

T, J

16:38z

AO150V

28MHz

SSB

J

16:40z

2E0MDJ

144MHz

FM

J

16:41z

G0LGS

144MHz

FM

J

16:43z

OE5YYN

28MHz

SSB

T

Mynydd Eppynt 2014