I have driven past this hill (711m so definitely a hill) for years travelling between Edinburgh and Wigan and always wanted to get up it since the view should be good - you can see Tinto from all sorts of places in southern Scotland - and indeed it is. I had hoped for a nice crisp winter day - bonus points - and indeed it was.
It’s very popular - the car park at NS 964 374 was already pretty full and there were lots of people on the track (rather a motorway actually) up and down. It’s not too steep anywhere, it starts gently with just a bit of a pull up to the lower peak (at 479m) and then after another flattish section the final 500m distance up to the summit. The car park is at 230m which helps! I managed the summit in about 10 minutes less than the estimated 1h 30m.
I was in plenty time for my ETA of 1230 so had a quick snack and set up for SSB with the 2m beam. Many thanks to local Robert (GM4GUF) for the initial spot and for Mike’s addendum - cracking signal from Mike (GW0DSP) though many were a bit weak today and those further away (thanks Don G0RQL and Frank G3RMD) had quite a lot of QSB.
Only found Robert on 70cm so gave that up quickly - must build a bigger beam and a linear! - and shifted to 2m FM where I had a nice chat with Barrie (GM0KZX) in Dumbarton before S2S with Andy (MM0FMF/P) on SS-129 and Alan (MM1BJP/P) on SS-044. All with the beam horizontal - maybe I should either take a lighweight vertical or arrange to rotate the beam since most people are vertically polarised for FM and the polaroid sunglasses effect is very obvious!
Thanks to all (including those not mentioned above) for QSOs.
The view was fantastic - beautiful blue sky and fog down in the valleys, with hills poking out all around. A great day - let’s hope for more like this in the New Year.