Many thanks for the contacts today - had some fun up there even though it was a bit chilly. Even though I have only been activiating summits since late September (and one of them didn’t count!) I have found this enormous fun, so thanks to the Association for this great idea which is getting my hillwalking going again.
Thanks to G1TPO and GW0DSP for the spots today. I was uncertain about alerting when I first started, but realise now that the chasers won’t really mind that much if I have to call off - safety is always the priority - so will carry on alerting.
Sorry, Mike, that this was not one of the G/SB summits you had hoped for. I must admit I was a bit surprised when you said you needed it, since access is a doddle (about 300m from the road, and only 65m uphill!).
Many thanks Don for the shout from North Devon - it was great to hear you, that’s 539km I think and my furthest 2m SSB contact to date. Great for me on 5W with the homebrew 5-ele (DK7ZB design) which does seem to do well - mind you there was Don’s antenna at the other end!
The sky was a fantastic blue with views over to Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands, and inland to the Cheviot. A bit of snow underfoot but not much - the paths were hard underneath (frozen!) and just a bit muddy on top where the snow had melted.
Looking forward to more wintry activations - there are plenty of straightforward walks within easy range of Edinburgh. Will also eventually get back to the mountain tops.