GM Tour - Monday 23rd August 2010
After a few false starts, Jimmy spotted a set of steps leading up to a gate
in the fence, not far from a suitable lay-by. I don't think it was the one we
had pinpointed in our research though! The steps were very rotten and
rickety, as well as mostly blocked with strong and stubborn tree branches. Hence
care was necessary, but we were soon into the field. This was now a punishing
slog up a steep grassy and heathery slope. Eventually, the slope did round off -
only to reveal itself as a big fat false summit, with another big hill to climb
once across a 200m boggy plateau. This did not take long though, and soon we
were at the trig point on a rather pleasing summit.
Aerials were erected, photos taken, and we were both QRV bang on 0700z. Jimmy
MM3EYP/P was on 2m FM as usual, making use of the Inverness chat channel on
145.575MHz, as well as the standard 145.500MHz S20 calling frequency. He
got his contacts without too much difficulty. I enjoyed my first 2010 activation
as MM1EYP/P, making 30 QSOs on 7.032MHz CW.
It had been a straightforward outing with everything going to plan. We were back at the cottage in Nairn by 9.30am, just as Marianne and Liam were rising from bed and getting ready for the day. Perfection! So SOTA was finally underway despite the patient wait until the fourth day of the holiday. Bring on the next one...