(February) Radio Days

VHF….

The local scene has been busier on 2m FM, QSO’s with the usual local stations and even spent some time on 2m SSB. Had a couple of QSO’s with Graeme, 2M0GIL, Graeme was /P on Drumgoyne Hill area as well as a Sunday stroll in nearby Helensburgh.

Two 4m FM contacts were made from the Hill of Stake during a SOTA activation with Alan MM0 in Carluke and Dave, a GM3 station based in Prestwick.

VHF SOTA activity for February.

First chasing points of the month came from contact with a regular, Robin, a GM7/P station who was operating from Sidhean Na Raplaich.

Next was my SOTA activation of the  Hill Of Stake in the Muirsheil Country Park area, the weather conditions were ideal for this activation, icy. For greater detail of this activation see the post…’Hill Of Stake, a Winter Return !!!’ previously posted on the blog.

Finally worked Neil, 2M0NCM/P who activated Beinn Dubh on the west bank of Loch Lomond, which I remember as a long uphill slog with excellent views to make up for the monotony. This hill seems to have the summit wrongly named from a source map (OS), for further information see <More Relative Hills of Britain>, the relevant info is on page 192 and page 194. An interesting PDF e-book .

UHF…..

Still pretty quiet.

HF….

Most work done on 20m psk31 with an odd visit to 30m. Almost 100 contacts with lots of Europeans, the odd Asiatic Russian, North American with first contacts in the Azores and Gibraltar. Had an extended contact with a W2 station in West Virginia (Yeah, I know the song !), Alex was originally from the west end of Glasgow so we had a good old data ragchew until conditions dropped out.

Odds

After much thought and online research, I have tried out a vertical Rybakov type vertical at home, I hope to have a post regarding on the blog soon, I still have further work to do on this but initial work shows this may be useful in my smallish garden space, I will also be testing it on portable work when the weather settles somewhat.

Started uploading my logs to LoTW, returns are pretty poor to be honest but a few DXCC countries confirmed via there. eQSL still showing healthy returns.

Hopefully March will bring better weather for venturing out into the local hills. SOTA activations will be few and far between until possibly summer. Ces’t la vie !!!

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