Top of the world

I’ve managed to escape to the Top of the World this Easter. Well, top of my world, the far North West of Scotland and I hope to get a hill or two activated. However, there are other things that I have to go and see, Sandwood Bay and the Spitfire remains being one.

Anyway, I’m not sure what propagation will be like as we move into Spring and Summer. It’s normally starting to get a bit naff on 60m around this time of year, very hit and miss. In addition I’ll be another 400kms further North so there’s a possibilty that 40m might be viable for stations in South of the UK hence the (subject to change) alerts for 3.723,5.3985,7.090 & 7.118. I do know that I wont be trying 23cms FM on this trip!

I’ve wanted to climb Ben Hope for some considerable time, so that is my main target. The WX is changeable and so is the day I’ll be activating Ben Hope, Saturday or Sunday. I’m hoping I can find an internet cafe (don’t laugh some places up there have better phone lines than big UK cities) and update any alerts. I don’t expect any HSDPA 3g coverage but there may be the odd GPRS/EDGE equipped cell. I did intend to have a bash at one of more of the Quinag (pronounced koo-nyack) summits, there’s three of them but I’ve ended up staying much further North and it’s a bit of hike back down to it. With that in mind I’ve put Ben Stack down.

The problem with the far NW of Scotland is also why it’s a fantastic place, there’s an awful lot of nothing and it’s a long way between anywhere. I was hoping to bag a few unactivated hills as there are lots still in GM/NS. However, all the hills “near” to roads that don’t involve a trudge across 10km+ of lochan infested bog have already been bagged! So whilst the hills I have in mind have been activated before, they should be rare enough for most people!

See you on the air (hopefully),

In reply to MM0FMF:

We’ll be looking for you, Andy - have you considered Ben Loyal?


Brian G8ADD

In reply to MM0FMF:

I hope you have an enjoyable trip Andy.

40m may well be the better band for southern UK stations but being so far north, 60m may also be useful for conventional propogation (rather than NVIS)to stations in the midlands & a little further north.

I will listen out for you :slight_smile:


Mark G0VOF

In reply to G8ADD:

I did Brian. It’s a bit more of a drive from where I ended up getting accomodation. But staying further North has turned out to be a win-win situation… the hotel has free wifi (hence this post) and I got a cheap deal for B&B+evening meal. The food is rather good, just as well I’m out walking after all I’ve eaten today!


In reply to MM0FMF:
Now who’s green with envy? Watch out for my trip-wires!

Good luck, 73, John G4YSS.

In reply to G4YSS:

I’ve posted some pics from today onto the Flickr group. Report to follow. My only comment was the exposure on this one is above the zone I find comfortable. So I have a rather more adrenelin coursing through my veins than I can ever recall which I’m now going to neutralise with copious amounts of lager and fresh seafood.

WX looks rubbish now, windy (like it wasn’t windy earlier!) overcast and cool. But tomorrow should be OK for Ben Hope. Of course the WX changes within minutes here. Now I have an appointment with Messrs. Stella and Artois :wink: