SOTA Activation of Mynydd Troed (GW/SW-009)

SOTA Activation of Mynydd Troed (GW/SW-009)
I activated Mynydd Troed (also WAB TP) after Waun Fach on the 21st March and it was my second of three summits that day. I drove here from Waun Fach (GW/SW-001) which took about 20 minutes. My 3rd and final summit was the neighbouring Mynydd Llangorse (GW/SW-015). Both of these summits are right next to each other ...

SOTA Activation of a Bog – Waun Fach (GW/SW-002)

SOTA Activation of a Bog - Waun Fach (GW/SW-002)
On Saturday the 21st of March I got up early and drove to Wales for a weekend of SOTA and walking in the Welsh Hills. My first stop was the summit of Waun Fach (GW/SW-002) which is 811m ASL and worth 8 SOTA points. I parked at the base of the hill just past a ...

Testing 6m Tonna Yagi in UKAC Contest 4

Testing 6m Tonna Yagi in UKAC Contest
Some people have requested the 6m Tonna manual – I have uploaded scans of what I have (page 1, page 2, assembly diagram) – sorry about the quality but the print I have is a photocopy already! Last night I tested my new 5 element Tonna Yagi for the 6m band. I entered the RSGB UKAC 6m ...

RSGB 2m Backpackers Contest (17th May 2015) 2

RSGB 2m Backpackers Contest (17th May 2015)
One of my amateur radio targets for 2015 is to get involved with VHF, to this end I entered the RSGB 2m Backpackers contest. Michael (G0POT) first let me know about this contest and thought I would appreciate it being into “backpack radio” and QRP. So far this year I have been mostly pursuing 6m and ...

SOTA Activation on Top of a Welsh Coal Mine (GW/SW-012)

SOTA Activation on Top of a Welsh Coal Mine (GW/SW-012)
As part of my XYL’s birthday we visited the Brecon Beacons for a weekend of walking. While here I activated two SOTA summits, the first being Sugar Loaf Mountain (GW/SW-011 – see my write up), the second Coity Mountain (GW/SW-012), this being completely unplanned, but a pleasant surprise at 2 points plus 3 winter bonus ...

SOTA Activation of Montaña Blanca (EA8/LA-005)

SOTA Activation of Montaña Blanca (EA8/LA-005)
After arriving at Lanzarote airport and hiring a car, I made a beeline for this summit. I arrived pretty quickly from the airport (15 minute drive) and parked near a farm at the base of the summit. The summit gets its name due to its white rock which is quite unusual on this volcanic island, where most ...

Siberian SOTA Activation of Walbury Hill

Siberian SOTA Activation of Walbury Hill
On the 14th of March me, Michael (G0POT) and Marty (taking his M6 soon) met-up for an activation of Walbury Hill (G/SE-001). The country was still very much in the grips of Winter with a cold Siberian weather system pushing down from the North, not perfect for a SOTA activation! We met-up for a spot ...

SOTA Activation of Sugar Loaf Mountain (GW/SW-011) 4

SOTA Activation of Sugar Loaf Mountain (GW/SW-011)
On Saturday 7th of March I managed to grab a quick SOTA activation of Sugar Loaf Mountain (596m ASL – GW/SW-011) during a 20km walk in the Welsh hills with my wife. It was her birthday weekend so SOTA was definitely not the focus and she was gracious to let me activate this hill as ...

Activating a SOTA Military Base (EA8/LA-001) 1

Activating a SOTA Military Base (EA8/LA-001)
Peñas del Chache (EA8/LA-001) was my second summit of the day (7th Jan 2015) and I headed up here after lunch at a nearby village on the island of Lanzarotte. The drive up is scenic and involves lots of switchbacks up out of the valley. On arrival the clouds had gathered and with the wind ...

Freezing RSGB UKAC 6m Contest (25-Feb-15)

Freezing RSGB UKAC 6m Contest (25-Feb-15)
On Tuesday night I took part in another RSGB 6m UKAC contest, this being my 3rd 6m contest and is part of my 2015 amateur radio target of using VHF more. Having just started a new job I didn’t have any time to prepare myself for the contest and as has become the custom in ...