We have got all the maps, lots of warm clothing (but suddenly discover that the forecast says ‘sunshine and 22C’ next week in Kelso!!) and mountains of radio equipment so it must be time for our Scottish 2021 SS tour. This time we shall be based near Kelso for the first week and hope to visit (some/all?) of the remaining 7 summits in that area - and possibly visit the town walls (and swans) in Berwick on Tweed. Then we travel west to just north of Dumfries and encounter a new area of little dumpy hills where the problem is to decide which are the best ones to attempt with our current limited fitness (and possibly a few midges on the lookout for new victims)… but we are avoiding Glen Trool! We finish with 3 nights up near Wanlockhead and the Lowther Hills.
Why these choices? Well, as mentioned, we aren’t fit enough for the more challenging hills further north and the drive is yet longer and there are all these uniques just waiting to be visited… so why should we drive past? However there are downsides of choosing smaller hills - will anyone be able to hear my plaintive calls on 2m fm (and 70cm?). After taking advice, M0JLA (Rod) has been putting some local repeaters into the VX-7 in the hopes that this will alert a few more people. I would like to get at least one contact on VHF from as many hills as possible and I actually need 4 more summits before I can claim 500 VHF uniques. So I am asking that people in the area listen out for us. Rod will be using HF when possible but I gather that isn’t doing too well at the moment.
Our change-over day is 11 September (oops not the December I originally typed!) when we travel west and we have alerted at 1115 on GM/SS - 274 (See Morris Hill) in the hopes that we can gain a few s2s on LD SOTA day. Please swing your beams in our direction! I hope that we will also manage some sightseeing as well staggering up and down hills but have noticed that everything seems to ask for pre-booking which is not easy when you don’t know how long your morning activation will take but if that is our only problem then we will have been very fortunate.
Hope to hear from you during our trip.
Viki M6BWA (who may forget where she is yet again and be calling MW6BWA by mistake!)