The morning’s weather was much better than forecast and I arrived at the summit in sunshine with not a breath of wind, after a 90 minute ascent through the woods. The 360 deg views were tremendous and Lochnagar looked very impressive. About the only sound to be heard was red deer calling. Had the top to myself all day, apart from a brief visit by 2 folk with a dog just before my first QSO. About to send a spot SMS, I discovered I had no phone signal where I had set up on the south side of the hill. AArgh! Had to scamper up higher to pick up a signal from the local mast in Ballater to the north every time I needed to send a spot or update the Sotawatch page. Lost the sun about 1pm local time and it started to get cooler with a bit of a breeze.
Bands were pretty much the same as last week, only with the WAG contest instead of SAC taking up a lot of space. Not a whisper on 2m. There were a few signals on 6m but everything died just after I started calling - I heard Steve, MM0XPZ, give me a call but we couldn’t complete.
Ended the day with 59 contacts, the majority on 20m. TF3Y was a new country on 40m and best DX on 20m was N6WT in central California who was 59 with me and a nice surprise (checking on QRZ, he has a big bucks antenna). 9 S2S including two in Greece.
With the weather finally threatening to turn damp, I started packing up at 4pm local and got back to the car a little later than planned at 6.30pm, having zigged on the path down when I should have zagged - poor phone signal meant Google maps was unreliable. Next time I will take a paper map!
Looking South towards Loch Muick