Thursday, May 6, 2010

Summits on the air GW6SFP

This is the video of a QSO with Welsh station GW6SFP (operator: Nigel) operating portable from Wentwood, valid for the SOTA (Summits on the air) award with reference GW SW033.

At the beginning of the video you can see how I tune my wire antenna for the 17m band with my bolt-on MFJ manual tuner.
Wentwood (Welsh: Coed Gwent) is a forested area of hills, rising to 309 metres (1,014 ft), in Monmouthshire, South Wales. It is located to the north east of, and partly within the boundaries of, the city of Newport.
It is the largest ancient woodland in Wales and the ninth largest in the UK. The current wooded area is a remnant of a much larger ancient forest which once extended between the rivers Usk and Wye and which divided the old kingdom of Gwent into two - Gwent Uwchcoed and Iscoed, that is, above and below the wood.
The area contains bronze age burial mounds, a stone circle, and a Megalithic alignment on Gray Hill, Monmouthshire.
Gray Hill is well known locally for its prehistoric remains which include standing stones, a stone circle at a height of about 900 feet above sea level and overlooking the Severn Estuary, as well as cairns, field boundaries and enclosures including a D-shaped Neolithic or Bronze Age enclosure. The stone circle is approximately 32 feet in diameter and has been dated to the Bronze Age, circa 4000 years ago. There is also medieval evidence.

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