Craig y Llyn (GW/SW-010) was my second SOTA activation of the day and I arrived to find the whole area turned into some kind of building site. It transpires that they’re building a wind farm here and are in the process of clearing trees.
GW/SW-010 – Craig y Llyn – 600m, 4 points
Latitude: 51 43 0 N, 3 35 0 W
Grid Reference: SN 907032, QTH Locator: IO81FR
Parking: Park in the forest entrance on the E side of the main road at SN923027 (CF44 9UF, N51:42:45, W3:34:15).
Walk: 338ft of ascent in 1.33 miles. Easy summit – well defined track.
Trig: TP2534 – Craig-Y-Llyn
VHF: Good VHF takeoff (not the best near the trigpoint due to surrounding trees)
I parked at the car park some 600m down the road from the forest entrance and retraced my steps back. In hindsight I could have parked nearer the entrance on the other side of the road, where there was space for a couple of cars.
I assumed (incorrectly) that the main site entrance was off limits to walkers and started a diversion around the right hand side perimeter of the forest. This added quite a distance to my walk and in the mid-day heat I was starting to feel it. After about 30 minutes I arrived at the quite well hidden trig point.
I’d followed the Garmin GPS to the trig and didn’t see it until I was almost on top of it:
On arriving at the trig point I wasn’t too hopeful for a good VHF takeoff, it’s surrounded by thick forest and not clear in any direction. Other activators tend not to activate the summit from here, instead preferring the areas cleared of the thick trees and I would have done this had I not wanted to also activate this trig point for the Worked All Britain Trig Point award in addition to SOTA.
I setup the Yaesu FT-270 handheld and the vertical dipole, once again mounted in the centre of the trig point:
Upon turning the handheld on and scanning around I heard Vicki MW6BWA/p up on GW/SW-037 so quickly called her for another summit to summit contact.
After this I put out a call on the calling frequency and had another QSO with Phil GW0IRT, who had made the log earlier when I was up on Cefyn Yr Ystrad (GW/SW-008).
After this no one else came back despite many CQ’s on 145.500MHz. Eventually I decided to spot myself on the SOTA website and I soon had Rod MW0JLA/p find me for another summit to summit contact from GW/SW-025.
Straight after I had Don G0RQL come back to me, Don is based down in Devon and I always seem to get him in the log when I’m in the Brecon beacons on 2m FM. Soon after this I also got Phil GW7MMG in the log for the second time in the day.
17 minutes and I’d managed 5 contacts, not too bad for what I had initially pegged as a bad VHF spot! After this I decided to pack up as I had lunch to eat and still had another 2 substantial summits to activate before the day was out.
I followed the main construction track to the forest exit, it turns out that you can still use this, you just need to watch out for site traffic (trucks) coming both ways. This is a much shorter walk than the previous detour I had taken!
This isn’t my favourite summit in the Brecon Beacons, it’s in a nice forest but when I visited it was being significantly changed to make way for the wind farm. It also lacks any sort of view which is a shame considering its elevated position.
The site traffic destroys any notion of you being away from it all. That said I still had an enjoyable activation and bagged another 2 Summits to summits, I can also think of worse summits!
I drove to towards Fan Nedd (GW/SW-007) for my third SOTA activation of the day.
|13:15z||MW6BWA/P||144MHz||FM||Vicki – S2S – GW/SW-037|
|13:25z||MW0JLA/P||144MHz||FM||Rod – S2S – GW/SW-025|