We (M0JLA and M6BWA and ankle) start heading North tomorrow hoping for a stroll up the odd hill on the way to Oban then on the ferry to Mull on 11 June for a week. Another much delayed trip but we hope to get there this time - but with a problem still with my ankle. Hence M0JLA will be going up hills alone (and hoping that I will chase him from wherever I’m otter/bird watching!) and using HF but I hope to get up a few smaller ones IF the weather and terrain allows. Currently it looks as if we will be towing much needed rain with us but we are hoping…
When on the Outer Hebrides a few years ago I found it a challenge to get even 1 contact on 2m fm (let alone 70cm!!) so begged an HF contact to be on the safe side to make sure I’d activated - and then returned to 2m and continued calling. From there I got a few contacts from Skye and found a couple of local amateurs. I feel Mull will be more of a challenge and think N Ireland is my best hope but, of course, I will be on the smaller hills … but we don’t want to make life too easy do we?? I would be grateful if people in ‘likely’ areas could listen out for us both and we will try to put up Alerts when possible. When activating in the Scottish Borders I think I did manage a contact by bouncing off aircraft but I don’t think this is so likely on the west coast.
On the 18th we travel to the Pitlochry area for a week and I will be having to aim for the easier hills again but I hope that more people will be in the area - and hopefully some will have both call signs, ears and voices!
Thanks for your help and I look forward to some contacts.
73 Viki M6BWA