I read this as I was walking up the track to the transmitter site at the top of WS-344 Cruim Leacainn, which is just a little North of Fort William. I thought "oh noes… how can I have a 2m S2S with Robin now if he is on Ben Lawers and I and behind some of Scotland’s biggest hills, Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg etc. " Undeterred I setup. I always forget to do 2m so I have a cheat sheet sellotaped to the 817 telling me to turn on 2m and the order to tune and change bands so G4ZRP can find me. I turned on the handy and there was Robin calling CQ. On the rubber duck Robin was 57 when he pointed his antenna at me. Neither of us can understand how the path worked.
Here it is, all 60kms of it:
I’m at the left, the big stuff near me is The Grey Corries (boy were they grey today), the big stuff before Robin is the Corbett Cam Creag behind Meggernie Castle and the last lump before Ben Lawers is Meall a’Choire Leith CS-041. I can’t see how 2.5w of FM from a rubber duck got over that lot.
Cracking day to be in the hills!