(November) Radio Days

Winter has now come down quickly upon us, at the end of the month, snow and freezing temperatures have carried into the start of December.


Nothing much, just the usual QSO’s with the regular stations plus SOTA work.


No activations this month.

A busy month when least expected. Iain, WJZ has moved back into the area and has started activating with a bang. Neil NCM is still active on occasions, the wintry conditions and the state of the roads have come into play, the clearing priority are the main roads which leaves many back or side roads impassable obviously this means access routes are often poor.

First ‘chaser’ points were gotten from Neil, 2M0NCM who activated Beinn Dubhchraig, see Neil’s blog post <HERE>. Quickly following, three days later was the same man again with a snow bound visit to An Caisteal, I caught him using my Puxing handie, I must improve the antenna situation as the supplied ‘rubber duck’ isn’t very efficient. Good to see that Neil managed another hill on his holiday break.

Iain, WJZ activated Beinn Buidhe, a Munro situated in Glen Fyne, an interesting hill to look further at for maybe next year.

The following weekend, Iain WJZ hit the Arrochar Alps with a dual activation, Beinn Narnain then on to Beinn Ime. I needed a snow report and it was ideal to ask Iain from his first summit, I think he may have been bemused at my first question, ‘How is the snow depth ?’, I waited and worked him later as he activated Ime. A snowy day for him.

The following day, Neil NCM headed north to Lomondside to tackle and activate Ben Vane, conditions were icy in parts of the ascent, Neil, as usual, sent me a update text of his position. It was freezing conditions at the summit then he headed back down the hill to Cat.

The next weekend was another WJZ show with an unexpected activation of two Munros in the Bridge of Orchy hills, Beinns Achaladair and a’Chreachain. The ‘alert’ had been posted but with the winter conditions affecting the roads plus fresh snow dumped on the hills the previous day, it was expected to be cancelled but Iain appeared slightly later than ‘alerted’ on Achaladair first. An excellent forum post on Walkhighlands on another walk that day on same hills is <HERE>

Thanks go to Neil and Iain for the ‘points’.

A cracking ‘chaser’ month in all.


Contacts made on all bands between 40m and 12m,  mostly European with the odd venture outside, all on PSK. The highlight of the month was probably a contact on 20m into the Madeira Islands. A quick look shows that roughly 30 countries worked. The problem here is that local noise levels are very high, a mix of electrical appliance and other unknown sources.


A lot less activity on this mode than last month but occasionally 40m through 20m were the bands of choice. I have included this snapshot of my activity on 20m on the 2nd of November, it would be best to click on photo for better detail. It shows how a good propagation guide this WSPR can be, there are other newcomers to the data scene, which may be worth looking at.

WSPR 20m 21 Nov 10


Nothing much to write in this section this month except it is time to get the ‘Happy Holidays’ greeting macro dusted down. Hopefully propagation will be good and steady over the holiday period. I may try to get out portable at some point.

I just would like to wish that all who read this blogpost, will have a ‘Happy Holiday’ and if you believe in ‘him’, I hope the man in red and white delivers all your wants.