Despite living less than 10 miles away from the Wrekin, G/WB-010, on the outskirts of Telford, for nearly 20 years, I’d never even been up it… not even without a backpack full of electronic
junk radio equipment…
7th May 2013 put paid to that.
Taking the opportunity to park at the quite large car park at the intersection of Ercall Lane and Wellington Road, I checked I had all the equipment needed, put on the boots and made my way across the road to the bottom of the path.
It doesn’t look far, looking from the M54 as you drive past, but being rather unfit, it was quite a long way, zig zagging up to the ‘Halfway House’ cafe… ‘Halfway’? If only!
Once past it, its a little further until the path turns South West towards the summit.. Fantastic!
However, the top of the hill you can see from there is actually ‘Hell Gate’.. Once past there, you can see what looks like the summit… only, it’s not, it’s ‘Heavens Gate’
Once past there, you can actually see the summit.. yay! It was at this point I was nearly run over by a 4×4 carrying a paraglider up to the summit… Oh, for a lift!
Eventually, I made it to the top! and wandered across to the trig. However, being rather busy this day, I decided to set up the stuff just to the North of it, slightly off the top, still within the activation zone.
Not a huge amount of calls with the 5W from the 817nd, dipole for 2M and the norcal doublet via a portable tuner for HF, but the following made it into the log:
|11:20z||G7RHF/M||144MHz||FM||Al in much Wenlock|
|11:25z||M0IBC||144MHz||FM||Dave in Rowley Regis|
|11:26z||G6LUZ||144MHz||FM||Steve in Audlem|
|11:34z||G6ODU||144MHz||FM||Bob in Ormskirk|
|11:36z||M6RGF||144MHz||FM||Russ in Cheshire|
|11:36z||G0ALC||144MHz||FM||Joe in Walsall Wood|
|11:39z||G3NPJ||144MHz||FM||Alan on the Wirral|
|11:41z||M6IPD||144MHz||FM||Paul in Stourbrige|
|12:10z||M1NTO||144MHz||FM||Hugh in TYLDESLEY|
|12:39z||EA2CKX||14MHz||SSB||Pedro in Spain|
|12:41z||SM6DER||14MHz||SSB||Sten in Gothenberg Sweden|
|12:44z||OK1DVM||14MHz||SSB||MIROSLAV in Prague|
|12:47z||EA3HP||14MHz||SSB||Daniel in Catalunya|
|12:50z||OE5HDN||14MHz||SSB||Henry in Linz Austria|
|12:52z||OE1KLA||14MHz||SSB||Karl in Vienna|
|13:12z||G6TUH||14MHz||SSB||Mike SE England|
|13:14z||GI4ONL||14MHz||SSB||Victor N. Ireland|
There was a couple of people on 60m, but I wasn’t able to tune the 44′ doublet to get a reasonable SWR.
Once the calls had dried up, I packed it all up and made my way back down to the car, considerably easier than coming up! Quite a way for a single point! None the less, an enjoyable time.