Up for a week staying at Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh. So I’ll post updates as I go.
Sunday 22/3/15 - GM/WS-325 Beinn a’ Mheadhoin 414M
Weather forecast was poor so picked this relatively small hill for our first day out this week. It was also unactivated for SOTA, one of an ever dwindling number in GM.
As expected, no paths, although some careful following of animal tracks (mostly deer I think) helped to make the going a bit easier through the heather and bogs. Full track and route on SOTA Mapping and route description on summit page on SOTA Watch.
A couple of small stones marked the summit. As with so many of these west coast hills the view down the sea loch was fantastic.
I set up for 2M SSB with a 3 element beam horizontal and 2M FM dipole vertical, also 40M SSB on inverted V dipole. FT857 with 7AH LiFEPO4 battery. 40W on 2M and 20W on 40M
I howled into the wind on 2M for a few minutes on FM and SSB. No takers.
Switched to 40M and dropped onto the very active WAB net hosted by G4HPE. Worked 13 stations, including DL and SM. Followed this by a move to 7.118, where I was spotted and worked a further 12 stations including LA. All other stations in G and GM. Thanks as always to the chasers,
The wind was increasing and looking like it was going to break something so I called QRZ a couple of times without reply and then went QRT.
Quick decommission of the station followed by a walk down off the summit in the increasing wind.
Found some better animal tracks on the way down which was helpful.
Wildlife count - 5 frogs/toads, not much else.