We are going to Arran for 5 days on 15 May and then spending a further 10 days in the Moffat/Biggar area. We have lots of plans and lots of maps ready for SOTA activations BUT… will my trusty VX-7 with 5w yield me many (any??) contacts on 2m fm and/or 70cm fm when we are activating mostly 2 and 1 point summits (with the odd 4 pointer if our legs get us there)?
I usually use a dipole but have a short fishing pole with slim jim (more weight to carry…) and even 2m and 70cm Yagis but am usually too successful/lazy to carry or assemble these. Will I have to stagger up with them… and am I likely to get any contacts even then? The sort of hills I am thinking of are SS- 083, 122, 142, 152, 177 and some of the smaller summits on Arran.
This will be the first time I have tried 70cm in Scotland and feel I just may have been lucky in NI last year when I had a lot of 70cm contacts - often mobile - but the Mourne Mt summits were usually much more prominent and higher than on this trip.
Any advice gratefully received (except for ’ you are a week late for the good weather’…). Oh yes, has the midge season started yet?