I am moving house in January to about 20 miles south of Fort William which gives me a new set of hills on my doortep. Glencoe, Etive, etc. and I am thinking I might get out to try something a little different SOTA-wise.
I have alway quite fancied attempting some kind of 2m DX CW. Or possibly even 70cm so I would be interested in peoples’ experiences.
I suppose one of the key factors is a high gain antenna. There is the SOTAbeams 5 ele one and others of interest about.
I am also very interested in whether a VHF V-Beam could be made to work since if so this strikes me as a particluarly practical option for the hill top and I would have thought some very high gains could be acheived. If so, it would be particularly usable here in GM since the beam direction would largely be south much of the time so may only need 2 or 3 re-peggings to cover the arc necessary per activation.
Anyhow, I think I could quite enjoy seing how far south I could get under normal prop conditions from some of the higher hills.