GM crop is ruined by August rain (South Scottish summits August 2008)
This report first appeared as a news item on the Summitsbase website in September 2008
28th August 2008 GM/SS-274 See Morris Hill
It was Thursday 28th August before we did our next summit. It had been raining when we got out of bed but we took a chance and it turned into a nice day. We headed for See Morris Hill GM/SS-274. We had very little information on this hill apart from a parking place and the map. Richard G3CWI’s parking spot was opposite the start of a road all the way to the transmitter at the summit, so we drove up this this road. There are several houses off this short section of road before coming to a wide area with room for parking several cars just before the gate restricting access to the track to the transmitter and farm land. It took about half a mile off the walk and provided a much safer place to park. If you are doing this one and have a mountain bike then bring it, because after pushing it to the top the descent will be quick and easy. We didn’t have bikes but the walk was pleasant and the track obvious. Once at the tower entrance follow the fence into the field then turn right to head up to the trig. There is plenty of room for HF antennas but we had no success on VHF here. Only five on 60 metres to start with but 80 metres went well with the best being Andy ON4CAP who I kept calling ON4CPA. It was Helen who pointed out that he was Andy Cap like the cartoon, but I still got it wrong several times when he called the next day. I was also pleased to get Peter EI7CC in the log and Ken GM0AXY became my first Scottish station logged of the trip followed of course by XYL Christine GM4YMM. Calls on 40 metres (7.115 & 7.090) went unanswered, as did those on 20 metres and I came down with one SLA unused and the other still showing 13.5 volts. Two more on contacts during a call for stragglers on 60 metres before I shut everything down and I had 18 in the log. It was a pleasant walk back to the car and my mood was a happy one, I had really enjoyed the day. As we prepared to leave a gamekeeper whom we had seen earlier driving up to check on some pheasants approached us and we had a very pleasant chat for over an hour. I guess it is a very lonely job so maybe he should get an amateur radio licence so he can talk to someone a little more often. By the time he left us, world war three had broken out between the kids sat in the back of the car and they hardly spoke all the way back to the cottage. Peace at last!
Date:28/Aug/2008 Summit:GM/SS-274 (See Morris Hill) Call Used:GM7AAV/P Points: 1 Bonus: 0
Date:28/Aug/2008 Summit:GM/SS-274 (See Morris Hill) Call Used:GM7AAU/P Points: 1 Bonus: 0