With what looks like settled weather in Scotland this week I am heading up there on their Bank Holiday (January 2nd) with a plan to activate 4 X SOTA Completes. It will be lovely to get outdoors after eating and drinking far too much over the Xmas / New Year period, and get some fresh air and exercise again.
To save time on Wednesday only 2m FM will be used on White Comb GM/SS-030.
HF CW/SSB will be used on the other three summits. If the weather is kind and I have time I’ll operate on 40m, 30m and 20m although I may run short on time on Wednesday afternoon on Law Kneis SS-168.
Here is the plan:
Wednesday 2nd January 2019:
Depart Pickering 0600z
via A66 > M6 > M74 > Moffat > A708 to Tailburn Bridge 175 miles 3 hours 30 mins
White Comb SS-030 parking 55.25.03N – 3.17.0W
Walk depart 1000z: 2 miles 2000 feet one-way - QRV 1200z 2m FM ONLY – 50 watts vertical dipole @ 5m
QRT 1230z Car / Lunch 1345z
Law Kneis SS-168 parking 55.24.22N - 3.8.19W Walk 1430z
1.2 miles 900 feet one-way QRV HF 1545z – KX2 10 watts link dipole @ 5m QRT 1630z Car 1715z
(Overnighter at Tushielaw Inn 55.26.53N 3.6.13W - B&B en-suite @ £35)
Thursday 3rd January 2019:
0730z Breakfast Tushielaw Inn - depart 0815z
Ettrick Pen SS-074 parking 55.22.14N - 3.16.50W
Walking at 0845z: 2.3 miles 1300 feet one-way QRV HF 1030z QRT 1130z Car / Lunch 1230z
Ward Law SS-119 parking 55.25.08N - 3.09.10W
Walk depart 1315z: 1.4 miles 1200 feet one-way QRV HF 1430z QRT 1515z Car 1600z
Return via B709 > Langholm > A7 > M6 Junct 44 > A66 and home (172 miles 3 hrs 40 mins)
Home approx. 2000z
Happy New Year!