Duncolm SOTA trip

sotaimage55Duncolm Hill, which is GM/SS 222, was chosen as the next trip to activate a SOTA summit, the weather forecast looked ideal for the haul in. We left the home QTH and arrived on the approach road approx 9.50am and started heading towards Duncolm, the track started off rising gently then bang!! the track got really steep for a section before it started to level out though still climbing gently until we reached Loch Humphreys.
We took a break then headed out to the highest of three tops, Duncolm and of course, the furthest away. The path was a steady climb as we headed NW, we soon got to the base of Duncolm where we made for the top.
‘Camp’, the mast then the beam was erected, I checked everything and then gave out a call on S20 (145.500), Roddy, a 2M0 station who stays down the coast from me was on a hill previously mentioned in this blog, Dunrod, above Greenock / Inverkip, signal strength was very strong even with the beam pointing south.Brian, a MM1 station from Howwood called in followed a MM6 , from Airdrie the a 2M0 station, Barry from the Bathgate area stayed around for a while. The four qualifying contacts had been made.

Various local stations called in and the 2M0/P, Graeme called in, Graeme was to the NE on the Campsies. I talked for a few minutes with a GM4 station from Logan nr. Cumnock then a 2M0 station, Alan from Larkhall called by.
Next contact was a STS (Summit to Summit) SOTA contact , Neil was on Ben Venue signal was once again no problem, spoke with Neil then he left to ‘chase’ for some contacts. Lastly before I ‘broke’ the station down, Andy ,a MM0 station from Falkirk called in.
We left Duncolm behind and headed back to our prearranged pickup point then home. Another ‘point’ bagged so to speak.

Photos :

Top left – Euan on trig point, looking NW
Bottom right – Looking NE towards Drymen

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