In reply to G3NYY:
Well done Walt!
I’m coming to much the same conclusion - especially from the central part of GM land. I alerted for GM/SS-125 (Scald Law) for today but had no takers at all. Admittedly I was freezing so only called for 8 mins on SSB and 5 mins on FM. Also I did not self spot, which maybe I should have, but I still have a reluctance to do that - I’m a dinosaur and still rely on CQ usually!
Scald Law has never been a great success to the south for me on 2m except for mostly S2S contacts; there are some highish hills in the way, but I was hoping that my 7 ele yagi plus 20W or so would do the job. I’ll try again on a better day.
Hill conditions were really cold - no wind where I parked the car, but a strong wind, enough to bend the pole significantly (especially with the windage of that beam) up at the summit. The snow was quite hard going in places too - deep light stuff with a hard crust that mostly supported my weight (substantial!), but I went through up to the knees enough for it to be annoying. Still, it (a) reminded me of just how cold the Scottish hills are once there’s a bit of snow about, and (b) was a nice little walk anyway.