GM Expedition

Hi All,

Gerald and myself will be in GM from Sunday 24th to Saturday 30th August, based in Inverness.

Unusually for us, we have decided to keep our itinerary flexible this time to allow for uncertainty in the weather, and will post alerts as far ahead as possible.

I will be using 80/60/40 as usual, and Gerald will be mainly on 10MHz, 18MHz and will try 144MHz where appropriate.

Looking forward to working as many of you as possible :slight_smile:

73 de Paul G4MD and Gerald G4OIG

In reply to G4MD:

Save some summits for me. I`ll be up there in a couple of weeks if I survive the 471 mile drive each way.

In reply to G1INK:
Hi Steve,
I am sure will survive :wink:
Will listen out.
Cheers
Mike

In reply to G4MD:

I hope you get better WX than me and better propagation. Although I’ve bagged 50% of my list. If you have Achility Tor on your list you’re brave people.

Andy
MM0FMF

In reply to MM0FMF:

Will drive past within 1km of it but no plans to activate, however thinks may change. It sounds like a relentless scramble from the dam.

In reply to G1INK:

You can’t cross the dam anymore… dirty big iron gates and railings. All done in the name of health and safety. You have to come the long way round then scale the horrible ground. It’s no longer a smash and grab summit. :frowning:

I can recommend Cnoc Mor. It’s done all the time but should detract from how pleasant it is. I might snaffle it on my way home, heavens permitting. Mount Eagle is a doddle too, 2.5km walk, 40m ascent :slight_smile: Points should be awarded for finding the trig rather than getting 4 QSOS :slight_smile: Not sure about Hill of Nigg. Maybe on a nice day. But I feel it’s a tick and forget summit.

There’s plenty of NS summits… some are big long walks and proper climbs, some are big long walks and only 1pt and there’s everything in between. Some even have paths!

Andy
MM0FMF

In reply to MM0FMF:

Torr Achilty, do we have that listed, or is it under a different name?

73

Brian G8ADD

In reply to G8ADD:

GM/WS-342

In reply to G1INK:

That’s the chap! I thought Achility Tor didn’t sound quite right :wink:

Andy
MM0FMF

In reply to G1INK:
Thanks, I`d forgotten where it was!

For something different I can recommend Ben Wyvis via an Cabar and the Glas Leathad Mor - a nice walk.

73

Brian G8ADD

In reply to G1INK:

Hi Steve plenty for all up there! We chose Inverness because of the wide variety of summits on the doorstep. Everything from full-blown mountains for the good days to sheltered pimples for those so bad you wouldn’t even send your mother down the offlicence…

Good luck with the journey, its 541 miles for Gerald!

73 de Paul G4MD

In reply to MM0FMF:

Thanks Andy, I’ve been keeping an eye on what the weather’s been doing to you and you certainly seem to have drawn the short straw this time :frowning: Great pity given the amount of planning and preparation that goes into these long-distance expeditions to parts exotic. Still you are in the most wonderful part of the country and I hope the glimpses between the storms have provided some compensation. And you have managed some mighty fine summits despite the poor hand the sky has dealt you!

Torr Achilty is on our B list - handy because it’s close but too hard work to be a preference…

Hope you have a good day tomorrow

73 de Paul G4MD

In reply to MM0FMF:

You can’t cross the dam any more…

Quite right Andy. Plenty of advice on Hill-Bagging and other websites:

“Parked near the quarry entrance at NH 45216 56605, then walked along the track. Just past the first house went though the gate and followed the path alongside the fence above the second house, then picked my way through the pleasant woodland up to the summit - good views all round”.

It seems there has been a certain level of misinformation out there which has now been dispelled. As for any summit, it is worthwhile doing the research. I had to laugh at this comment:

“Not sure why so much swearing about this pretty wooded hill. If you accept the dam crossing is closed, start from the Contin end, avoid the blasted quarry, there is just a bit of sodden wet bracken and heather”.

I guess what is a bit of bracken and heather to one person is an impenetrable jungle to another. :slight_smile:

73, Gerald G4OIG

In reply to G4OIG:

I guess what is a bit of bracken and heather to one person is an
impenetrable jungle to another. :slight_smile:

Tee hee, some people don’t find Galloway Ground hard going!

I think there was more annoyance with a right of way (the dam crossing) because closed off with no notice and the reason for the closure being best described as “a load of spheroids”!

Andy
MM0FMF/p A9 near Dingwall

In reply to MM0FMF:

Andy
MM0FMF/p A9 near Dingwall

Not headed for Torr Achilty are you… just round the corner :wink:

73 de Paul G4MD

In reply to G4MD:
No! Fort George to try to see some dolphins .Bit wet though.

Andy
MM0FMF/P

In reply to MM0FMF:
Hi Andy et al,

Sri for the interjection of CW on your SSB activation on NS-096 yesterday but your sigs were QSB’y like the proverbial yo-yo so I thought I’d take my chance when you were on a high in case I lost you later?

I was indeed out portable but just on one of my favourite circuit walks close to my home QTH - Kirkfieldbank/Bonnington Falls (then onwards via New Lanark back to Kirkfieldbank)) where sitting with my back against my usual mid-way rest/coffee break tree, I listened out for you using my HB1A + T1 and only about 3M of wire (thought I had a longer length in my T1 case - that’ll teach me! - hanging over a branch in the tree) loaded against the adjacent field fence wire (although the good ‘ol’ T1 tuned down to a ‘workable’ SWR although it was a bit pernickety ((hardly surprising try to make 3M work into 40M (:>)) so much so I had to add additional capacity/inductance? by holding the HB1A whilst trying to send to you with the paddle. A fine balancing act - hi! But great to have a contact with you - whilst out&about - though not S2S (;>(

And Gerald/Paul,

Great to see you are heading back up to GM again - I’ll be keeping and eye/ear out as to what you trying for - with a possible contact and even S2S though next week pretty busy with work commitments.

Lets hope the wx improves for you both though I usually find July/August is a bit ‘dodgy’ in GM with September a better bet and even sometimes and ‘Indian Summer’ though if such a phenomenon arises all you have to do is avoid any end of summer midge carrying bow & arrows (;>)

73

Jack(;>J
GM4COX

In reply to MM0FMF:

Fort George to try to see some dolphins .Bit wet though.

Ooo that’s nice! Hope it wasn’t too wet for them :wink:

In reply to GM4COX:

Thanks Jack, no expedition would be complete without a goodly number of contacts with yourself in the log! We’re keeping it fairly flexible this time to give us a chance to work round any bad weather, but we’ll try to alert as far ahead as possible.

May has served us well weatherwise in the past, but this year other personal commitments dictated the dates for our expedition. Better late than never though :slight_smile:

73 de Paul G4MD

In reply to G4MD:

Funny drive back, all the flat bits were dry and sunny (yes there are flat bits in Scotland), all the non-SOTA mountains were dry. But go anywhere near a SOTA summit and it persisted down. Almost like the weather knew…

I’m sure you boys know your parsnips from your onions when it comes to these expeditions but the ground is a little moist, can I suggest you bring some spare boots if you have them. Or a boot drying machine!

I didn’t see any dolphins. Lots of feathered birds I didn’t recogise. I didn’t know Fort George was a still an active army base. The platoons were on the ranges so the tranquility was pierced regularly by a shrill whistle blast followed by the sound of lots of SA80s getting fired.

If you looked towards the Kessock Bridge the WX was dire, look inland and it was sunny. Until you drove towards the sun of course.

Andy
MM0FMF