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Arthur's Seat SS-272

 

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Saturday 9th November 2019 - Arthur's Seat GM/SS-272

Gig: 60s Gold - The Mindbenders & Steve Ellis

Venue: The Brunton, Musselburgh

 

I was awake bright and early at my digs in Dundee.  This was no surprise having been in bed and asleep by 10pm the night before!  This was good though, as it meant I would have opportunity to activate a SOTA before the day's two shows, even though the first one was a matinee.

 

Summit of Arthur's Seat        Tom MM1EYP/P

 

No suitable places for breakfast were spotted as I drove from Dundee to Edinburgh, but once in the Scottish capital, I did chance upon a Turkish cafe in which I enjoyed a very good breakfast.  Next I drove into Holyrood Park, in which Arthur's Seat is situated.  I had already been in contact with the estate office to establish permission for both the Saturday and Sunday mornings to activate on Arthur's Seat.  I parked, as usual, at Dunsop Bridge car park.

 

20m GP   Tom MM1EYP/P  View over the Firth of Forth

 

The walk up from Dunsop Bridge car park was straight forward and fairly quick.  Arthur's Seat always has people on it, but does not have a large activation zone, so care is needed when siting and erecting a portable antenna.  I almost always end up in exactly the same place - not surprising, as the options are very limited.

 

WSJT-X screen      Looking back to Arthur's Seat during a teatime stroll by the sea

 

The 20m band was productive, throwing up good numbers of QSOs on CW, SSB and FT8 - 48 in all.  I tried a few calls on 2m FM too, but there were no takers for these.  But it was time to get to work anyway, so I packed up and descended, and made the short drive to Musselburgh.

 

View from Arthur's Seat 

 

It was two shows today.  After the matinee performance, we got stuck into the catering backstage, following which John (guitarist) and myself went for a stroll by the seafront ahead of the evening performance.

 

A stroll along the seafront at Musselburgh between shows        John (guitar) & Tom (bass)

 

After the evening show, I had a short drive to the seaside resort of Portobello for my theatre digs accommodation.  This was in a very nice apartment with a lovely family who made me feel very welcome.  I enjoyed another very restful night ahead of another visit to Arthur's Seat the next morning.
 

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

09:39z

F5JKK

14MHz

CW

 

09:40z

IK2LEY/P

14MHz

CW

I/LO-266

09:43z

SP9MA/P

14MHz

CW

SP/BZ-026

09:44z

EA1DFP

14MHz

CW

 

09:44z

SP9AMH

14MHz

CW

 

09:45z

RT6C

14MHz

CW

 

09:45z

OH3GZ

14MHz

CW

 

09:49z

R5VAN

14MHz

CW

 

09:50z

RV3AA

14MHz

CW

 

09:52z

SP9PND

14MHz

CW

 

09:53z

EA2BD

14MHz

CW

 

09:53z

OK2QA

14MHz

CW

 

09:56z

R3EV

14MHz

CW

 

09:58z

F6FTB

14MHz

CW

 

09:59z

UA9XL

14MHz

CW

 

10:00z

YO2BP

14MHz

CW

 

10:03z

LZ3QEU

14MHz

CW

 

10:06z

DJ2MX

14MHz

CW

 

10:06z

YU1YV

14MHz

CW

 

10:08z

I3VAD

14MHz

CW

 

10:16z

IZ5KID

14MHz

FT8

 

10:18z

OK2BRV

14MHz

FT8

 

10:21z

YO6CFB

14MHz

FT8

 

10:24z

SQ4CUX

14MHz

FT8

 

10:25z

IV3VOU

14MHz

FT8

 

10:27z

S57ILF

14MHz

FT8

 

10:30z

US1IL

14MHz

FT8

 

10:33z

R1BEO

14MHz

FT8

 

10:40z

EA5GMB

14MHz

SSB

 

10:41z

US0MM

14MHz

SSB

 

10:43z

EA1DHB

14MHz

SSB

 

10:43z

OE5AUL

14MHz

SSB

 

10:44z

S57ILF

14MHz

SSB

 

10:45z

RD5C

14MHz

SSB

 

10:55z

SP6EIY

14MHz

FT8

 

10:56z

SP9UXI

14MHz

FT8

 

11:03z

UA1ABO

14MHz

FT8

 

11:06z

IZ2MZN

14MHz

FT8

 

11:08z

EB3JT

14MHz

FT8

 

11:13z

UA3TCQ

14MHz

CW

 

11:14z

LY2BNL

14MHz

CW

 

11:14z

S58MU

14MHz

CW

 

11:15z

OH9XX

14MHz

CW

 

11:15z

F5LKW

14MHz

CW

 

11:16z

UT3UY

14MHz

CW

 

11:16z

UA3DNW

14MHz

CW

 

11:17z

EA2IF

14MHz

CW

 

11:18z

S52AU

14MHz

CW

 

11:19z

IK3ELC

14MHz

CW

 


Sunday 10th November 2019 - Arthur's Seat GM/SS-272

Gig: 60s Gold - The Mindbenders & Steve Ellis

Venue: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

 

Due to a pact I have with my son Jimmy M0HGY, the only option for a summit between Edinburgh and Glasgow - was to repeat Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh.

 

Beach at Musselburgh         View from Arthur's Seat

 

I set up in exactly the same position as the previous day, but this time I deployed the 15m groundplane antenna.  Several QSOs were made on 15m CW and 15m FT8, but in contrast to the previous day, many contacts were made on 2m FM.  15m SSB was empty.  15m CW was nearly empty, but I made a few QSOs.  There was lots of lovely stuff on 15m FT8 - E2, ZS, ZD7, PY, OD, VK, VE9 etc.  I worked several UR and a GMů!

 

Tom MM1EYP/P      Selfie!      Operating on 15m

 

Anyway, I couldn't hang around too long, for I needed to get over to Glasgow, and the huge Royal Concert Hall venue.  We completed soundcheck, indulged in the buffet, then slipped out into the city for a cheeky couple of pints before the show!

 

Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow   The iconic bassline from Love Affair's "Everlasting Love"

 

I experienced a bit of a career highlight!  The show was a 3000 sell-out.  As we came to the conclusion of the Steve Ellis set, and we were playing his huge hit "Everlasting Love", he turned and pointed at me.  The spotlight fell on me and there I was, playing the iconic bass solo line, in front of 3000 fans.  Fabulous!

 

Unfortunately (for my early getaway routine), because this was the Glasgow show, the running order was changed, allowing Marmalade to headline the show in their home nation.  So it was a couple of hours later than usual that I got on the road.  I made it just about over the border into England - but I knew I wasn't going to get much further.  As such, I exited the M6 and drove down to the parking spot for Great Mell Fell G/LD-035.  I pulled into a dark corner of the track off the road, reclined my driver's seat, got my pillows, and bedded down for the night.

 

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

10:09z

UT5ZC

21MHz

CW

 

10:10z

US7QV

21MHz

CW

 

10:18z

EA7GV

21MHz

CW

 

10:24z

US4IDY

21MHz

CW

 

10:32z

UX1IN

21MHz

CW

 

10:44z

GM1CNH

144MHz

FM

 

10:52z

GM4ODW

144MHz

FM

 

11:00z

RN7A

21MHz

CW

 

11:04z

IK2LEY

21MHz

CW

 

11:20z

RK4FF

21MHz

FT8

 

11:21z

RN6AJ

21MHz

FT8

 

11:22z

UB8FAS

21MHz

FT8

 

12:00z

GM3YTS

21MHz

FT8

 

12:01z

SY1BMJ

21MHz

FT8

 

12:10z

GM4GUF

144MHz

FM

 

12:12z

GM0GAV

144MHz

FM

 

12:18z

GM4COX

144MHz

FM

 

12:20z

MM0GLM/P

144MHz

FM

GM/SS-149

12:29z

SV9BMG

21MHz

FT8

 

12:35z

4Z4DX

21MHz

FT8

 

12:58z

GM4DTH

144MHz

FM

 

13:28z

MM0IVR

144MHz

FM

 

13:32z

MM5AHO

144MHz

FM

 

13:33z

GM0AXY

144MHz

FM

 

13:35z

GM4YMM

144MHz

FM

 

13:40z

GM0AXY

144MHz

C4FM

 

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