Tuesday, 10 March 2015

SOTA - Pen y Fan - GW/SW-001

Pen y Fan - 886m, 8 points

Association: Wales  Region: South Wales
Latitude: 51 53 2 N, Longitude: 3 26 12 W
Grid Reference: SO 012216, QTH Locator: IO81GV

Just like last year, early March turned out to be the start of "shorts weather" with some lovely, fine . clear sunny and warm days.
A mid week activation was planned, so Pen y Fan fitted the bill rather than trying to compete with the crowds that it draws at a weekend!

A beautiful morning, very busy as usual and plenty of frost and snow on the higher ground.
My first outing of the year sitting in bare legs.

I walked a circular route up from the Storey Inn, where I'd start my afternoon assault on Fan Fawr.

The route

A busy summit with lots of people interrupting wanting to know what I was doing :-)

Heading for Corn Du

Fine views

Summit here

HF conditions were pretty good, with the chasers queuing in an orderly fashion.
Seventy QSOs with 7 S2Ss with DL/OK1DVM/p on DM/SX-008, HB9BIN/p on HB/OW-022, GW0PEB/p on GW/NW-066, F5LKW/p on F/AM-578, HB9IAB/p on HB/VD-049, OE8SPW/p on OE/KT-119 and HB9CGA/p on HB/TG-005.

The shack

Staying away from the crowds

View across to Fan Fawr

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