Seeing how the day was nice and sunny, I decided to get out and do a SOTA activation. Looking at the summits page on sotawatch, I decided on Wapley Hill, in Herefordshire, which looked rather interesting, being the site of an iron Age Hill Fort.
Journey time from home was around an hour, even though I missed the turning off the B4362, and ended up having to turn back, courtesy of a roundabout on the outskirts of Presteigne! Being careful not to miss the turning again, I was soon in the car park, ready to go.
A fairly simple path using forest tracks soon had me close to the fort itself. A permissive path next to a rustic seat gave a nice short cut to the entrance.
I stopped for a few moments to read the informative sign! (Click to read it!)
Looking around, once inside, I decided to set up on one of the mounds. In hindsight, which is a marvellous thing! this probably wasn’t a good move, as it appears that everyone (and his dog.. literally!) is intent on walking around on top of the mounds! Still, I hope I didn’t cause too much trouble
I primarily worked on 2M FM, although dropped down to 40M to gain a S2S near the end of the activation.. Perhaps the operating position wasn’t ideal, but the middle of the hill fort would have shielded 2M signals a little, maybe next time I’ll use the middle of the fort which has room for quite large HF antennas!
The following were all logged in a fairly laid back hour and a half:
|12:59z||MW0IML/P||144MHz||FM||Barry on GW/NW-011 59+|
|13:00z||MW6GWR/P||144MHz||FM||Ricky on GW/NW-011 59|
|13:13z||G4ERP||144MHz||FM||Richard in Cheltenham|
|13:15z||2V0MDJ||144MHz||FM||Matt in Cheltenham|
|13:18z||G0LGS/P||144MHz||FM||Stewart in Birdlip|
|13:26z||2E0UPA||144MHz||FM||Jan on SULA lightship, Gloucester|
|13:31z||M0JLA||144MHz||FM||Rod in Hereford|
|13:36z||G8CMU||144MHz||FM||Mike in Ross on Wye|
|13:38z||G4WTF||144MHz||FM||Ian in Hereford|
|14:15z||MM0YCJ/P||7MHz||SSB||Colwyn on GM/CS-088|
|14:25z||M0TYM/P||144MHz||FM||Alistair on G/WB-023|
All in all a very pleasant afternoon in the sun, even if one walker did think I was calling in air strikes from nearby Shobdon Airfield!