Tuesday 12 July 2016
Today was the last day of our short break in North Wales and the plan was to return to Englandshire via the North Wales Expressway which conveniently goes very close to Llandudno and the Great Orme. This gave me the opportunity for a quick drive-on activation whilst the wife enjoyed the views from the car. Parking up in the main car park I moved up the small slope to obvious fence.
FT-817 5 Watts, 4.2Ah LiFePO4, 60m/40m/20m linked dipole, 7m sotapole and a palm paddle, VX-8 plus RSS 2M dipole.
Great Orme GW/NW-070
Self Spotting on 2-fm quickly brought in two local boys GW4ZPL/P (whom I had worked yesterday on Snowdon) and Mw0JWP but no one else despite calling for several minutes. Setting up the HF station I spotted 7-cw and managed to get DL3HXX, DL1FU and F6EWB into the log. Conditions seemed very poor with fast and very deep QSB but at least I had managed to qualify the hill. Taking a quick break to get some hot drinks for my wife and myself I rechecked SotaWatch to see that G0EVV/P on NP-005 and GD4RQL/P on GD-005 were both active and spotting on 2-fm. After a couple of calls to each station both Summit to Summits were in the log bringing an end to the short but fruitful activation.
A pleasant end to a nice but damp short break.
73 Glyn G(W)4CFS/P
What we wanted to see! See below for reality!
My Wife suffers from a chronic debilitating illness which prevents her from walking very far. Walking up a hill or mountain would be absolutely impossible for her and she always waits to see the photographs that I have taken when I have been ‘up the hills’. I knew that she would love to be with me on top of some of the hills, so a plan started to come together in my head. We were looking for somewhere to go for a few days in July and North Wales had always been on our ‘bucket list’, so we chose Snowdonia staying at a lovely Premier Inn in Caernarfon. By way of a surprise I booked tickets on the Snowdon Mountain Railway so that she could finally say that she had been to the top of a mountain and seen the views for herself.
As a side-line I decided to take the opportunity to activate the summit. Did I feel guilty taking the train to the top then activating the summit – NO. I have walked, via many different routes, to the summit on numerous occasions and completed the full Snowdon Horseshoe. So on this occasion I was treating the summit as a drive-on. Anyway I am suffering from what was originally thought to be a stress fracture to my left foot now diagnosed as a torn Peroneus Tendon which has left me unable to ‘go up hills’ and shack fever was setting in.
VX-170 & VX-8 plus RSS 2M dipole.
We had spent two days having a leisurely drive to Caernarfon from home taking in what we could see of the scenery. The weather had turned from sunny to wet with low cloud within minutes of crossing the Welsh border. I wanted to show the XYL a view of Snowdon from the observation point on the Capel Curig to Beddgelert road however, as the photo below shows there was little hope of seeing the summit.
A lovely view of snowdon in the cloud!
On the morning of the trip to Snowdon we made our way to Llanberis and checked in at the railway station on a very damp and miserable day. The first part of the journey up was enjoyable however, even before we reached the Halfway Station we were in thick cloud with about 20 metre visibility. On arrival at the summit we made a very quick dash for cover in the cafe where my wife remained whilst I ran to the summit in horizontal rain to make a few contacts.
Unfortunately I had realised halfway up that I had left me phone in the car so was unable to self spot. Calling on 145.500 quickly brought a couple of locals into the log but nothing else until Jim, EI9GLB, popped up for a QSO. Despite several calls there were no other responses so a tune round found a couple of locals in Bangor having a chat who generously provided me with quick reports to qualify the hill. I never thought it would be that hard to qualify the highest summit in Wales and England. But then I wasn’t going to hang around too long either in the appalling weather.
I suppose we should be grateful that we even got to the summit at all as we were ony the 3rd train in 4 days to reach the summit because of the high winds.
73 Glyn G(W)4CFS/P