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

Sign at Car Park

Sign at Car Park

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? I didn’t know then and I still don’t now! I asked the staff at my B&B during breakfast and they had no idea, I even asked GW1FKY during a QSO and he also didn’t know!

I parked in the small car park at the base of the summit and proceeded to walk for about 40 minutes to the top of the summit. The walk is very pleasant, as you start going uphill through woods for quite some time and then emerge above the trees to what is quite frankly a stunning view:

Another Wild Pony on a Wild Summit

Another Wild Pony on a Wild Summit

 

This was the most distinct and pretty summit of the weekend and I will go back to this one despite it only being worth 1 point. The summit is long and narrow gradually climbing up and down, kind of like a dragons back.. if dragons were real!

The summit of Ysgyryd Fawr

The summit of Ysgyryd Fawr

On the way up I had tweeted about my activation on Twitter and had arranged some skeds. On arrival I soaked up the view and the lovely warm sunshine which was most welcome at this time of year. I got everything setup just a small distance away from the trig point.

Trig Point of The summit of Ysgyryd Fawr with Sugar Loaf summit in distance

Trig Point at the summit of Ysgyryd Fawr with Sugar Loaf to the left

Dipole setup using 10m fishing pole mast

Dipole setup using 10m fishing pole mast

Equipment setup and ready to activate

Equipment setup and ready to activate

I operated on 40m SSB for just under 45 minutes and netted 37 QSO’s which came in quick succession after spotting myself via SMS. No rare DX from this summit but I did have a number of nice ragchew QSO’s with friends from Twitter; namely Josh (M0JMO), Michael (G0POT – my arch rival VHF contester) and Martyn (M1MAJ).

This was a blissful activation as the sun was out, it was warm and was one to be savoured after some grueling winter activations, that had marked the first quarter of 2015. It even had a nice view over onto the SOTA summit of Sugar Loaf (GW/SW-011) which I had activated earlier this year.

Sugar Loaf Summit (GW/SW-011) in Distance

Sugar Loaf Summit (GW/SW-011) in Distance

Time Call Band
15:29z M1OOO 7MHz
15:36z M0JMO 7MHz
15:39z M0BJX 7MHz
15:42z G6TUH 7MHz
15:42z G6WRW 7MHz
15:43z M0MDA 7MHz
15:44z G0TRB 7MHz
15:44z G0VWP 7MHz
15:45z ON4VT 7MHz
15:45z G0POT 7MHz
15:46z EA2DT 7MHz
15:46z ON5SWA 7MHz
15:47z DK1WI 7MHz
15:47z M0TTE 7MHz
15:48z DK7ZH 7MHz
15:48z M3FEH 7MHz
15:50z G0HRT 7MHz
15:51z M0RHS 7MHz
15:52z GM0AXY 7MHz
15:53z G0RQL 7MHz
15:54z GM4YMM 7MHz
15:55z M0NTC 7MHz
15:57z GI4MHD 7MHz
15:58z M0KLK 7MHz
16:01z M1MAJ 7MHz
16:02z G8LGS 7MHz
16:05z MM6ROT/P 7MHz
16:07z GW1FKY 7MHz
16:10z G4LHT 7MHz
16:11z M3ZCB 7MHz
16:12z EI7GEB 7MHz
16:13z G8VNW 7MHz

After packing up I started the 3 hour drive back to Hertfordshire, waving goodbye to the stunning Brecon Beacons until my next trip (which happened to be at the end of June).

Going back into London for work on Monday morning was a shock to the system!

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

  1. Reply Tom Read Jun 11,2015 12:19

    Hi James,

    Just noticed your comment about the pronunciation on the FE group (from which I’m banned for the crime of being on SOTA MT).

    Ysgyryd = “Skirrid”. So Ysgyryd Fawr is simply “iss-Skirrid Vower”. The English translation is “Skirrid Hill”, and there is a famous, allegedly haunted pub nearby called the Skirrid Inn.

    • Reply James Stevens Jun 15,2015 12:26

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for that, now you mention it it’s completely logical. I’ll remember this for next time I’m up and also the nearby pub!

      73, James M0JCQ

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