Tuesday, 14 April 2015

SOTA - Fan Nedd - GW/SW-007

Fan Nedd - 663m, 4 points

Association: Wales Region: South Wales
Latitude: 51 51 12 N, Longitude: 3 34 46 W
Grid Reference: SN 913184, QTH Locator: IO81FU

Today's forecast was for early cloud, lifting well above the summits during the morning, and then fine dry weather for the remainder of the day. Winds were forecast to be fresh to strong over the tops.

Summit still in the cloud
 I decided to tackle a tried and tested route, Fan Nedd first, then Fan Gyhirych, returning to the start by a track contouring around the hill.  As forecast, the tops were still in cloud as I arrived at the starting point.

Today's route

Clouds clearing
By the time I'd reached the summit the last wisps of cloud had been blown away and the sun came out for the day. The wind was keen, so I quickly erected my small tarp to give me a windbreak. Without it, it would have been too cold to sit around in shorts!

QRV. Trig point in background.
 Starting off on 20m, the first contact without even calling CQ, was a S2S with OE5EIN/p on OE/OO-303. This was followed by a further 55 QSOs, notable of which were further S2S with HA5MA/p and HA5LV/p on HA/EM-116 and EA6/HB9BIN/p on EA6/MA-028.

The shack

With 90 minutes total time on the summit, it was time to start the hike to Fan Gyhirych looking pretty in the distance.
Looking over to next summit,  Fan Gyhirych

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