In reply to GM7GAX:
Thank you everyone for your kind messages.
It’s certainly motivation to get to each top when I know that there are so many people waiting to work me. Not just in their shacks but also a number who regularly travel about to make sure of VHF reception. Thank you to you all, I really appreciate the effort you all put in to making each QSO.
While driving back home from a trip down south at the beginning of September as I came over the top between Glen Ogle and Lix Toll I could see Ben Lawers and realised that I hadn’t done the Lawers Group this year. They seemed good hills to hit the 5K mark and I imagined wandering along the ridge in a perfect autumn day.
Not much danger! After several week-ends with little activity due to poor weather, I decided with daylight reducing every day and the possibility of having to work some week-ends, it was now or never for Sunday 16th. About 5 minutes after putting batteries on charge the evening before, I found myself accepting an invitation to go out on Sunday evening so it all became a bit of a rush. Not the trip I had originally imagined!
Sunday wasn’t perfectly dry but I’ve certainly been on these hills in wetter weather. Unfortunately it was far too windy to think about using a SOTA pole. All QSOs were with the VX7 and 145 MHz dipole which are permanently attached to the outside of my rucksack.
I did make it off the hill on time and had a great meal and a wee celebration drink on Sunday evening.
I’m in the process of gathering a few statistics from my log which will be posted when I’ve checked the figures for any obvious errors.
Many thanks everyone and look forward to working you all on many more summits.