Activation Dates

The team will be billeted at Clytha Castle from Friday 30 June 2017 – Friday 7 July 2017 inclusive. Due to limitations on property possession it is anticipated that RF operations will only take place from Saturday 1 July 2017 – Thursday 6 July 2017.

Location

Clytha Castle is situated off the A40 near Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, the nearest post code is NP7 9BW. The following information is relevant particularly to other Radio Hams:

  • Lat/Long (WGS85 Geoid): 51.770569°N,2.9232953°W
  • OSGR (10 digit): SO 36387 08392
  • OSGR (6 digit): SO363083
  • Easting/Northing: 336387,208392
  • IARU Locator: IO81ms
  • WAB Square: SO30 Wales

Google Map of Clytha Castle

The Team

The confirmed team comprises:

About the Castle

The castle is situated near Abergavenny in Monmouthshire and is a castellelated Gothick retreat overlooking the Usk Valley. It forms part of the Clytha estate and is surrounded by woodland at the summit of a small hill with views across the open countryside towards The Skirrid, and hopefully a good RF takeoff although the land to the south east of the castle appears to rise above the castles hilltop.

The castle was commissioned by William Jones and construction commenced in 1790 taking two years to complete. Records from the construction have been preserved giving a massive insight into the materials, costs and labour employed. The architect, originally thought to have been John Nash, is now believed to have been John Davenport who had a small but flourishing practice in Wales often employing the Gothick style.

The castle stood empty since 1948 after being home to a gamekeeper. The Landmark Trust rescued the building some 30 years later. It needed extensive internal and external repairs and has undergone much needed maintenance over the years; but no radical work has been undertaken and the restoration process has maintained the original spirit of the building.

Planned Operations

Plans at only in the fledgling stage but consideration is being given to:

  • Fixed Station Sweeper (Restricted Class) entry in VHF National Field Day over 1/2 July 2017 on 2m
  • Our traditional "Contact the DXpedition Team" on SBARC Club night on 6 July 2017
  • General HF SSB operation
  • General HF Digimodes operation, predominantly PSK31