I thought I’d post a brief note about some forthcoming activations I have planned. There’s still some fluidity in my planning so this isn’t the definitive list yet apart from SS-049. The main activity comes mid-August with 5 days of activations planned. The important word there is planned as a lot will depend on the weather and how well my legs hold up. I started serious SOTA activity at the start of the Winter bonus period in December 2006 and I’ve tried to get out every weekend since. As a professional lardy and idle bloke this has been a major change in lifestyle. So now with some 40 activations behind me I’ll see if I can do some sustained big stuff. Well the only way to find out is to have a go…
Sat 21st July, SS-049 Culter Fell with XYL. (Changed from White Coomb SS-030)
Sat 4th Aug, SS-030 White Coomb with XYL.
Mon 13th Aug, CS-001 Ben Lawers
Tue 14th Aug, ES-012 Glas Maol (see below)
Wed 15th Aug, SS-011 Ben Lomond
Thu 16th Aug, CS-015 Meall nan Tarmachan
Fri 17th Aug, SS-039 Auchnafree Hill
Fri 17th Aug, SS-015 Ben Chonzie
I noticed that the drive to Glas Maol means I’ll pass very close to Mount Blair ES-035. The tight-fisted ham in me is reluctant to spend money on fuel to drive all the way to Glas Maol, especially at 30mpg and not attempt the quick 45mins it would take to climb Mount Blair, especially as it could take place around activity time on a Tuesday night. However, I don’t want spoil a week of fun and games by being greedy at the start. I’ll decide when I’m down from Glas Maol.
Finally, not SOTA but a possible IOTA. With good weather I’ll be on Staffa and Lunga with Sarah on Aug 3rd. I haven’t decided whether I’ll take any radio gear with me. This might just be a chance to enjoy the beauty of the fauna and flora of the Scottish Islands without rushing to squeeze radio contacts in. There again, it’s very tempting to put them on the air. I wont know till nearer the time but I’ll advise if I do take the 817 with me.