SOTA road trip, Day 4 - Tuesday 4th August 2020
From Mynydd y Lan GW/SW-024, it was a very short drive south-east over the Sirhowy Valley. I approached the summit up the transmitter access road, which seemed to be popular with locals to drive their cars up! Although it was relatively early compared to some of my recent late night activations on this trip, I knew this one would be my final summit of the day. It was Tuesday night, and therefore 2m UK activity contest night, and I planned to overnight on the summit in my backpacking tent.
I pitched my tent and set up my 2m SOTA Beam (SB5). I had a bit of time to spare, so I wandered around the summit area taking photos and chatting to locals. A father and son had driven up here so that the dad could give his 13 year old son some off-road driving practice!
The choice of summit for contest night was a fairly good one, and a pleasing number of QSOs was made on both 2m FM and 2m SSB. Not at the same sort of rate as I would expect from The Cloud G/SP-015 back home, but perhaps more than I'd anticipated from an unfamiliar South Wales summit. Just one QSO was made on 17m FT8 to make sure I collected the Challenge Flavour multiplier, though I expected to get some more after some sleep. I was tired, so decided to get my head down and get some sleep.
SOTA road trip, Day 5 - Wednesday 5th August 2020
I was awake just after 6am local time after a surprisingly comfortable night's sleep in my backpacking tent on the summit! I turned the rig on to see if I could collect a few more 17m band QSOs before unpitching the tent and descending.
Five FT8 contacts and one CW QSO were made, before I got everything packed away. A call on the 2m FM handheld brought in my friend Aled MW0UPH/M who was working in the nearby village of Crosskeys. The next summit would be the last one in the Principality of Wales for the time being - Wentwood GW/SW-033.