SOTA Activation of Pen Y Fan (South Britain’s Highest Summit)

SOTA Activation of Pen Y Fan (South Britain's Highest Summit)
Me and the YL drove over to the Brecon Beacons at the end of May for a long weekend of walking and I managed to squeeze in a few SOTA activations as well… in fact one every day we were there! We woke up early on the 28th of May and drove from Hertfordshire to ...

SOTA Activation of Fan Fawr (GW/SW-005)

SOTA Activation of Fan Fawr (GW/SW-005)
Fan Fawr (GW/SW-005, 734m ASL, 6 points) was my third of four SOTA activations during a long weekend break with my YL in the Brecon Beacons. It was luckily part of a larger walk like all of my other activations over this weekend… chance or good planning 😉 We started from the glacial valley at ...

SOTA Activation of Waun Rydd (GW/SW-004)

SOTA Activation of Waun Rydd (GW/SW-004)
I climbed Waun Rydd on the 29th of May with my YL as part of an all day walk during a long weekend in the Brecon Beacons. Waun Rydd is at 769m ASL & worth 6 SOTA points, so inevitably involves a proper hike up. There’s no roads leading up here so you have to don ...

VHF Field Day with the Drowned Rats Contest Group

VHF Field Day with the Drowned Rats Contest Group
On the weekend of 4th-5th of July I joined the Drowned Rats Contest Group for the RSGB VHF National Field Day. This was all part of my 2015 amateur radio target of working with VHF. Radio clubs and contest groups all around the UK setup stations in fields, running entirely from non-mains power sources, mostly using ...

SOTA Activation of High Willhays (My Nemesis) 2

SOTA Activation of High Willhays (My Nemesis)
My nemesis.. the High Willhays (G/DC-001 – 4 points) in Devon had haunted me since my botched activation last November. Previously I’d chosen to drag my XYL up in terrible conditions, was massively unprepared (no maps!) and ended up activating Yes Tor, which I later found out was not even valid for SOTA, add to ...

Sporadic E on Beacon Batch Summit

Sporadic E on Beacon Batch Summit
After a fantastic English Breakfast at my nearby B&B (Colliters B&B – right next to Dundry Down summit, which I had activated the previous evening) I drove for 20 minutes to Beacon Batch (G/SC-003). I chose to park in the car park at ST489581, but you can also park nearer to the start of the ...

SOTA Activation of Long Knoll (G/SC-007)

SOTA Activation of Long Knoll (G/SC-007)
This was my 4th SOTA activation over a long weekend visiting family in the South West. I stopped off at Long Knoll on my way back from my niece’s 5th Birthday Party in Torquay on my way to pick up my XYL from Basingstoke Train Station. The length of time I could spend on the ...

VHF SOTA Failure on Dundry Down 5

VHF SOTA Failure on Dundry Down
I drove to Dundry on the 25th of June after work and stayed at the Collisters B&B which is 6 minutes drive away from Dundry Down (G/SC-010). The plan was to activate the summit in the evening, stay at the B&B overnight and drive 25 mins to Beacon Batch (G/SC-003) after breakfast the next day. ...

Installing the Elecraft KX3 2m Module 4

Installing the Elecraft KX3 2m Module
I’d lusted after the 2m module for my Elecraft KX3 for some time now and finally succumbed after good reports from Michael (G0POT). I wanted the transverter for two main reasons; one for VHF SOTA activations and two for 2m contests. The receive performance on the Elecraft KX3 blows my Yaesu 857 and 817 out ...

SOTA Activation of Ysgyryd Fawr (GW/SW-016) 2

SOTA Activation of Ysgyryd Fawr (GW/SW-016)
I drove to this summit on the 22nd of March from my previous SOTA activation that day at Black Mountain. This was my fifth and final SOTA activation of the weekend before driving home to Hertfordshire. Now the first thing about this summit is the name: Ysgyryd Fawr… how do you even begin to pronounce that? ...