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Are there any SOTA operators near Lerwick?


#1

In May I’ll be sailing to Lerwick with SS Statsraad Lemkuhl (LA1SLB). We’ll arrive in Lerwick on May 20th (my birthday), and I’m looking for some local help to get to a nearby summit, as this seems a bit too far to travel on foot. Do anyone here know of any local operators that may be helpful with such a trip? I’ll be bringing my own HF/VHF gear of course.


#2

From Lerwick Harbour, you can get the regular ferry to Bressay. The ferry sales every 30-50mins and is about 10-15mins duration. From the Bressay Harbour, it is a 4.4km walk and 225m ascent to the summit of Ward of Bressay GM/SI-188. You may be able to get a bus or taxi part of the way. The route is road and then an access track to the TV/Radio site at the summit. There are plenty of signals up there so be prepared for a string RF “Fog”.


#3

Thanks :slight_smile: I’ll check into that too.

Are there some local legislation I need to worry about when it comes to trespassing on private land, or are you free to go wherever you want?


#4

In Scotland, you are reasonably free to go where you want. But obviously not through someone’s garden and care must be taken crossing farmland with livestock or crops etc.

http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/


#5

Thanks, that’s good to know. I had heard that you had mostly the same rules as we have over here, but you can never know. Looking forward to visiting the place. Hopefully I get to do some SOTA chasing from the ship as well, it’s got it’s own HAM station.