I wasn’t even going to report this one…
However, if you’ve got a spare couple of hours and are in the area, this is a cracker. My new favourite wee hill.
I drive past it twice a day, but have never climbed it. Now, thanks to SOTA, I can.
I drove past it at 0410 this morning, heading to work, but with all the gear in the car this time. 1350 saw me back at the start of the route and 25 minutes later I was on top.
It took me longer to erect the and disassemble the mast than it did to work eight stations on 40m SSB, with Spain, Slovenia, Germany (summit to summit with DL1GKC - thank you Chris😊), England, and Wales making it into my log in a ten minute spell.
I really wanted to get a 2m ssb contact in the log, so I broke down the hf kit and erected the short mast and 2m beam.
Spotting myself on the 2m ssb calling channel yielded no joy and then a walker appeared and started yapping to me. “Doing CB mate?”
Twenty minutes later and I called CQ again on 2m ssb. To my surprise, GM4PKJ, just 28 miles S.E. in Inverbervie came straight back, and then promptly put his wife (GM8ZEQ) on! Nice ragchew, and first 2m ssb contacts from a SOTA summit in the log.
The views were stunning on the short walk down.
Radio kit carried today was:
W3EDP long wire/counterpoise and 9:1 un-u
LDG Z-100plus tuner for the W3EDP
2m mast containing “100g” 4 element yagi
Waterproof paper/pencil for logging
Power was 50 watts on 2m, 25 Watts on 40m.
So, new favourite wee hill? The sun was out, I walked up in a T-shirt and didn’t need to wear gloves at the top. That all helped! A nice, memorable activation and out and back in less than three hours. Perfect.