Thursday, 22 January 2015

SOTA - Mynydd Carn-y-cefn - GW/SW-014

Mynydd Carn-y-cefn - 550m, 2 points

Association: Wales Region: South Wales
Latitude: 51 46 9 N, Longitude: 3 10 46 W
Grid Reference: SO 187085, QTH Locator: IO81JS

The second summit of the day was Mynydd Carn-y-cefn. This was approached from a parking spot close to the West Monmouthshire golf club which is officially the Highest Golf Club in Great Britain! (or so it says).

There's a good track virtually all the way to the summit which is obviously regularly used by 4x4 vehicles, probably for tending the many sheep which roam the hillside. 

The first false summit ahead
We were quickly above the snowline and once again into cloud. I stayed on the track until the trig point was at 90º to my path, made the turn, and struck off across the heathland to intercept it without difficulty.

Trig point

The trig point "moat" was frozen solid, and the convenient scaffold pole stuck in the ground made a strong pole support.

I was soon on the air but without all the excitement of the S2Ss of earlier in the day. Luckily Peter, G3TJE/p once again came to the rescue and gave me a S2S from Wills Neck, G/SC-002 to add to the further 44 QSOs for the activation.

The descent was straight forward and the clouds cleared briefly revealing the valley far below.

A glimpse of the valley below
I got back to the car with the last vestiges of daylight after a fairly productive, enjoyable day.
Maybe next time the sun will shine again.

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