GM/NS-143 Beinn Domhnaill 349M
I went to this one the night before to see if the access road was drivable. Turned off the A9 at The Mound along a single track road that was fine for about the 1st mile but there on it was like a sheet of ice. About 5 miles in there is a signpost saying “No gritting or snow clearing after this point, DANGER use alternative route”. But i plodded along passing my intended parking place at Loch Buidhe, just enough room for one car. This road is about 10 miles and took nearly an hour to get to the other end at Bonar Bridge.
On the activation day, i opted to come from the Bonar Bridge end as its closer in terms of mileage to my QTH. Reasonable weather for this time of year now that it was +8 Celsius and most of the snow had disappeard. I fully expected the ground to be slippy as… underfoot but it was pretty good. Once out of the forest it was up and over the heather like many of the lesser explored hills seem to be, in a quick 40 minutes from car to summit.
I only set up the 2M beam as time was running short, made 8 qso’s but had some bother half way through with the wind picking up and taking the beam and pole down mid qso with Garry 2M1DHG. I also need to come up with a way to stop the beam rotating in the wind, it always seems to turn away from the wanted direction. HI HI. A quick bite to eat, pack up and off down the heather again. I filmed my decent and it was 12 minutes back to the forest track. On the way back i took the HD cam out again and filmed a quick review of my JetBoil stove - to be posted later this week on the youtubes.
A decent hill to do if your in the area and fancy a quick activation. Stunning views all round!!
On a side note that activation is likely to be the last using 2M0ETR/p as i received my PASS paper on the Advanced License from the RSGB last week. Just trying to sort out the new callsign this week, so look out for that VERY soon.