Having done some research into my ancestors, it seems that I am possibly descended from the Vikings. Maybe, but my nearer ancestors are from Shetland. I’ve wanted to visit since I was a kid but something always got in the way, something may still stop me this time. But I plan to be in Shetland in mid-August for some SOTA and trig-point bagging.
My SOTA targets include the following summits and I think there is a trig point in the AZ of all those summits. Summits in ref. order.
Ref Name Island SI-157 Saxa Vord Unst SI-160 Fitful Head Mainland SI-164 Scalla Field Mainland SI-171 Ward of Scousburgh Mainland SI-179 Sandness Hill Mainland SI-194 Scrae Field Mainland SI-195 Valla Field Unst SI-197 Hill of Arisdale Yell SI-213 White Grunafirth Mainland SI-215 Mid Ward Muckle Roe SI-219 Vord Hill Fetlar
Bands will include 60m, 40m, 30m for SOTA, WAB etc. I will have my 13cms gear and a 67ele Yagi. It looks like a few summits may be possible to Barry GM4TOE’s new QTH on the Banff coast. (Computer says LOS sea path of 259km for Fitful Head). As the maximum of the Perseid Meteor shower is around the time I’ll be QRV on 6m with about 70W running some kind of JT meteor scatter mode.
The above are the rough plans, the ferry and accommodation is booked but it’s all subject to WX and who knows what.