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Arthur's Seat SS-272

 

Arthur's Seat, GM/SS-272 - 251m ASL - NT 275 729 - OS Explorer 350 - 1 SOTA point         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

 

Thursday 30th August 2018 - Hutton Roof Crags G/LD-052 & Arthurís Seat GM/SS-272

 

Gig: Joe Longthorne

Venue: The Brunton, Musselburgh

 

Looking up to Arthur's Seat        Tom M1EYP

After Hutton Roof Crags G/LD-052, it was time to head up to the border, and clock the miles in towards Edinburgh.  I arrived in Scotlandís traditional capital city in plenty of time, and the activation of Arthurís Seat was feasible.  I followed the one way system around Holyrood Park to the highest point of the estate road, from where wide green paths strike up pretty directly to the lofty looking summit.  Even from the roadside, you could see that the hill, and especially the summit, were very busy indeed. 

Busy on the summit        Arthur's Seat

This was still the case up by the summit trig point, where the ground was very rocky.  My thoughts quickly turned to trying to get away with a simple VHF handheld activation!  I didnít really want to be up here too long anyway.  A group of young guys (early 20s) were up there with a crate of Brewdog ales.  They was very loud, and inappropriately vulgar, given that there were families with young children there. 

View over the Firth of Forth        Summit of Arthur's Seat

Five contacts were made on the handie, 4 on 2m FM and 1 on 2m C4FM.  It was great to speak to Ken GM0AXY and Christine GM4YMM.  The small summit was far too busy, and I was pleased to vacate it.  It was now just a short drive to Musselburgh for soundcheck.  We had a great show, made all the better by a fantastic audience.  In fact, all the audiences in Scotland are brilliant, and I have to say, significantly better than their counterparts south of the border.  It was a longer drive back into Edinburgh city centre for the youth hostel I had booked.  The late check-in rendered me to a top bunk in the dormitory, but it was comfortable and I slept well.  The following day I had a day off before a gig in Leeds, and I headed first to The Cheviot G/SB-001.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

14:34z

GM4UYE

144MHz

FM

14:37z

GM0AXY

144MHz

FM

14:38z

GM4YMM

144MHz

FM

14:40z

GM8ARV

144MHz

FM

14:44z

GM0AXY

144MHz

C4FM

 

 

Thursday 1st November 2018 - Arthurís Seat GM/SS-272

 

Gig: Joe Longthorne

Venue: Rothes Hall, Glenrothes

 

Start of ascent up to Arthur's Seat    Tom MM1EYP    Antenna standing tall over Edinburgh    SOTA activating on Arthur's Seat

 

Waking up in my digs in Glasgow, and checking online stuff, I was heartened to note the increasing interest in this these reports in ďthe other placeĒ.  My landlady was about to embark on a two hour public transport commute to work - but suggested that she could cook me a breakfast if I could give her a lift.  That sounded like a deal to me.  It was on my way over to Edinburgh anyway, so that was fine.

 

Lovely day, great views        Firth of Forth

 

My satnav then led me to somewhere unanticipated, so I had to follow my nose around to the main road access into Holyrood Park.  Earlier I had phoned up the estate office and secured permission to erect an antenna and operate for a couple of hours.  The summit was busy as usual, but I found a clear and sheltered spot on the west side where I could just about get my 20m GP up without getting I anyoneís way. 

 

Great view East        Tom M1EYP

 

It was a pleasant session on the radio. 38 QSOs were made as follows:

 

2m FM: 4

2m C4FM: 2

20m FT8: 5

20m CW: 27 

 

Using WSJT-X to run FT8        Rothes Hall

 

I was particularly gruntled to work SOTA friends Christine GM4YMM, Ken GM0AXY and Robert GM4GUF during the activation.  Afterwards I suffered the tedium of escaping the Edinburgh traffic as I made my way to the gig in Glenrothes.  That went well, then I drove back down to the capital for the nightís digs.  I had a day off to look forward to the next day, so would be heading towards Berwick and a cluster of border summits, starting with Sell Moor Hill GM/SS-211.

 

Rothes Halls, Glenrothes      Joe Longthorne in concert

 

Time

Call

Band

Mode

12:59z

GM0AXY

144MHz

FM

13:02z

GM4YMM

144MHz

FM

13:09z

GM0AXY

14MHz

FT8

13:19z

IK2LEY

14MHz

FT8

13:23z

OH2FQV

14MHz

FT8

13:27z

IU5GVH

14MHz

FT8

13:39z

ES6DO

14MHz

FT8

13:52z

LY2BNL

14MHz

CW

13:53z

EA2DT

14MHz

CW

13:54z

DJ5AV

14MHz

CW

13:54z

I5ECW

14MHz

CW

13:56z

HB/UT5SI

14MHz

CW

13:56z

9A1AA

14MHz

CW

13:57z

IK2CFD

14MHz

CW

13:57z

N4EX

14MHz

CW

13:58z

I3VAD

14MHz

CW

14:00z

W2SE

14MHz

CW

14:01z

OM1AX

14MHz

CW

14:02z

VE1WT

14MHz

CW

14:03z

SP9AMH

14MHz

CW

14:04z

OG3R

14MHz

CW

14:04z

OM1WS

14MHz

CW

14:05z

S57D

14MHz

CW

14:07z

SP9DGO

14MHz

CW

14:08z

DJ2MX

14MHz

CW

14:10z

KB7HH

14MHz

CW

14:12z

OE6GND

14MHz

CW

14:12z

CU3DI

14MHz

CW

14:12z

IK2LTR

14MHz

CW

14:14z

RA1QX

14MHz

CW

14:15z

US3LX

14MHz

CW

14:16z

OK1XZ/P

14MHz

CW

14:18z

S57T

14MHz

CW

14:18z

UY3QT

14MHz

CW

14:35z

MM0XPZ

144MHz

FM

14:36z

GM4GUF

144MHz

FM

14:39z

GM0AXY

144MHz

C4FM

14:40z

GM4YMM

144MHz

C4FM

Arthur's Seat 2009