First VHF Activation on Pen y Fan GW/SW-001

26th May 2015

Due to the popularity and sheer number of people making the accent to the highest summit in South Wales, I made the decision to only take the VHF gear (Dual band Handheld and Sotabeam multi-function dipole). This was a slight risk as I hadn’t tested this equipment ‘in the field’ as yet!

The climb was long and busy with people but the path is well-defined and the views spectacular. After incorrectly assuming Corn-Ddu was the actual summit and stopping for a well needed rest, I headed the short distance to the ‘real’ summit! As I predicted it was packed with people and so I took myself slightly away towards the North West edge of the plateau and set up the 2m dipole.

Once again I ‘spotted’ myself using the SMS service and also announced myself on 145.500 Mhz, then waited with anticipation for my first VHF SOTA activation. I needn’t have worried… within 20 minutes I had made 10 contacts including a S2S with GW4AXS/p.

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This is not the best hill for SOTA activations due to the amount of people on the summit, but it was nice to know the VHF gear worked well.



  • I wouldn’t try HF with the amount of people around but 2m FM was good
  • Amazing views and an easy 8 points!

73 Chris GW1PCR


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