SOTA Activation of Black Mountain (GW/SW-041)

On the 22nd of March I woke up at my cosy B&B after activating 3 summits the day before. I had a full Welsh breakfast and planned my two summits for the day before driving home.

First up was the Black Mountain (GW/SW-041) which offered 6 points + 3 winter bonus points. The drive here was easy, except for when I met an assortment of animals heading down the road towards me:

Thankfully the cow went around my car and not over it!

Thankfully the cow went around my car and not over it!

Unexpected hazard on road

Unexpected hazard on road

I parked at the base of the summit which was empty as it was early (but packed when I came back after the activation!):

View up to Black Mountain from car park

View up to Black Mountain from car park

The walk up was initially hard but it soon levelled out as I passed the trig point. This didn’t appear to be within the activation zone, so I carried on up to the peak in the distance.

After arriving I setup just off the Offa’s Dyke path and was appreciating a warm and sunny day in March after a long winter. I operated on both 40m and 20m making 67 QSO’s in 1 hour and 28 minutes of operation. I expected this to be a quick activation but the sun was too nice to rush it!

I was please to get two US stations in the log as well as AC1Z and AA1VX came in at good strength.

Here’s the full log:

Time Call Band
11:00z G0PVJ 7MHz
11:05z G6WRW 7MHz
11:06z M3FEH 7MHz
11:07z G0RQL 7MHz
11:08z G6TUH 7MHz
11:08z G0HRT 7MHz
11:09z G8TMV 7MHz
11:10z G0ELJ 7MHz
11:10z M0MDA 7MHz
11:12z M0IML 7MHz
11:13z M0ZGB 7MHz
11:15z G0POT 7MHz
11:16z GM0OGN 7MHz
11:17z G4GEW 7MHz
11:19z G3RMD 7MHz
11:22z G8ADD 7MHz
11:25z G8VNW 7MHz
11:26z DJ6OK 7MHz
11:27z G4CFS 7MHz
11:30z M0TVU 7MHz
11:33z M0JLA 7MHz
11:36z G4SJH 7MHz
11:40z MM6ULL 7MHz
11:42z M0GIR 7MHz
11:47z G4DXW 7MHz
11:49z EI2KD 7MHz
11:49z DJ5AV 7MHz
11:51z G4TQE 7MHz
11:58z DL1AIW/P 14MHz
11:59z EA3GHZ 14MHz
12:00z OE7PHI 14MHz
12:01z EA2DT 14MHz
12:02z IK1DFH 14MHz
12:02z CU3EJ 14MHz
12:03z EA1DFP 14MHz
12:03z EA5FKT 14MHz
12:04z IW3BQK 14MHz
12:05z EA1IT 14MHz
12:06z DB7LG 14MHz
12:07z DL5FBB 14MHz
12:09z UT5PI 14MHz
12:09z SM7DIE 14MHz
12:10z DL8DXL 14MHz
12:11z W1OW 14MHz
12:11z HB9AGH 14MHz
12:12z EB2CZF 14MHz
12:12z RA3PCI 14MHz
12:13z UA3GJM 14MHz
12:14z EA2AJO 14MHz
12:15z EB1IFK 14MHz
12:15z DM5BB 14MHz
12:16z OK1SDE 14MHz
12:16z DL3JPN 14MHz
12:17z DF6WM 14MHz
12:17z HB9BQR 14MHz
12:18z EA2CKX 14MHz
12:19z EA2DZX 14MHz
12:19z OE3GGS 14MHz
12:20z SP8RHP 14MHz
12:21z EA2ECA 14MHz
12:22z RV9DC 14MHz
12:23z SP6OJG 14MHz
12:24z AC1Z 14MHz
12:25z OH6KSX 14MHz
12:26z F/DD6DO 14MHz
12:27z EA2BD 14MHz
12:28z AA1VX 14MHz

After spending longer than expected on this one summit I had to cut my plans for the rest of the day down to just one more summit and proceeded to drive over to troubling named Ysgyryd Fawr (GW/SW-016).

I enjoyed this summit and the views are quite incredible, it is quite busy so set up out of the way!

Panorama of local surroundings

Panorama of local surroundings

It turned out nice!

It turned out nice!

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