Saturday 3rd November 2018 - Housedon Hill G/SB-010 & Linton Hill GM/SS-263
Gig: Joe Longthorne
Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow
This was a strange SOTA day where I activated a summit in England, then drove south to activate a summit in Scotland! For Housedon Hill I headed to the hamlet of Reedsford and parked on some space beside the road close to the footbridge. I then walked up the walled track ascending gently and continuing along the right edge of fields. At the highest point, I turned right through a gate then followed a gently rising and curving quad bike track to the summit.
I’m sure this was different to the route I did with Jimmy M0HGY some years ago - it seemed much easier and more enjoyable. The wind was incredibly strong at the summit but I couldn’t get any response to VHF calls on the handheld. I had to drop a few metres to find a relatively sheltered spot and set up the 20m GP as best I could. It wasn’t a day for “playing radio”, so I decided upon CW and stuck to that. 17 contacts were made including S2S with HB9BIN/P on HB/FR-049.
The descent was quick and easy on this route and took barely 20 minutes. From Housedon Hill G/SB-010, I set the satnav to direct me to Linton Hill GM/SS-263.