SOTA Activation Reports 2008 (17)


SOTA Activation Reports 2008
Activation reports previously submitted to the Summits On The Air Reflector

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

Part 3

Friday 29th August was my birthday. "What do you want to do today" the family asked? “A summit” I replied, they groaned. “We did one yesterday” they said. “Well you did ask” I retorted. 

29th August 2008 GM/SS-205 Bogrie Hill


The nearest summit to our cottage was Bogrie Hill GM/SS-205 which had been in our sights all week and was unactivated. There was even less information on this summit than See Morris Hill GM/SS-274. It was about a three mile walk in but I wanted to do it or fail trying. We drove a few hundred yards from our cottage and found that the road we intended to drive along had “Private” signs in big letters but having been told by the caretaker of our cottage to ignore the “Private” signs on another section of road we took a chance. We reached the beginning of a forestry track and parked opposite the locked gates. I approached some cottages further up the road and asked if it was okay for me to be there but the owner I spoke to seemed unconcerned. “Just leave enough room for the forestry guys to get there wagons in and out” he said. We followed the forestry track for about two and a half miles or so until it came to a dead end. Although it gained a fair amount of height it was so gradual you hardly noticed you were climbing until you looked back and saw how far you had ascended. At this dead end we dropped down about six feet from the track and threaded our way through dense forest for a couple of hundred feet until we emerged about 12 feet from a wall running up hill. So that we could find where we emerged from the forest on the way back Helen tied her bright red whistle string to a branch. We followed the wall up through knee high heather and chest high ferns; there are no tracks of any kind through the forest or up the hill on this side. Emily, my youngest, took the lead up the hill and most of the time the ferns were taller than she was.
Eventually we reached another section of wall running at 90 degrees to the first and followed this to the summit. When the trig point came into sight we realised it was on the other side of the wall, but fortunately there was a low section of wall that coincided with a section of the parallel fence without barbed wire. Someone had kindly marked this section of fence with some bright orange ribbon making it easy to find on the return journey. This other side of the wall was completely different. Gone was the knee deep heather and under foot was very boggy, is this why it is Bogrie Hill I wonder? It was a short walk to the trig and we set up by the trig using the fence to mount the HF dipole.

60 metres was running well for the first time in ages and I had 13 in the log before I QSYed to 80m. First up on 3.666MHz was Andre ON4CAP and I embarrassed myself by getting his call wrong again and each time I would be scolded by Helen and corrected by Andre. I felt like Ronnie Corbett “Sorry!”. By the time I had finished on 80m I was up to 20 in the log and feeling well pleased. A QSY to 40 metres brought a lot of surprises; Oggi 9A7W was the first to call in and then Don G0RQL who managed to work me on 60, 80 and 40m, not often that is possible inter UK, then another Croatian station 9A4MF followed by stations from Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Netherlands and Slovenia to take the total to 29 contacts and my best haul of none UK stations so far. I must thank Don G0RQL for spotting me on this one it was just a pity we could not have made it on 20 metres too. 20 metre calls went unanswered yet again although there was lots of activity on the band. It was a good end to a lousy fortnight and I really enjoyed this activation.

It is a good job there were some high points because we came home with a broken car, a broken radio and a broken Sat Nav and more after being rained on for two weeks. I just hope my next holiday proves to be a little better than this one.

Just when you think it cannot get any worse it does.

Date:29/Aug/2008 Summit:GM/SS-205 (Bogrie Hill) Call Used:GM7AAV/P Points: 1 Bonus: 0  

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

12:11z

GM7AAU/M

144MHz

FM

 

12:22z

G0RQL

5MHz

SSB

 

12:25z

GW0DSP

5MHz

SSB

 

12:26z

GW1LFX

5MHz

SSB

 

12:30z

G0TDM

5MHz

SSB

 

12:31z

G3OHC

5MHz

SSB

 

12:34z

G4OBK

5MHz

SSB

 

12:36z

G0TRB

5MHz

SSB

 

12:40z

G4RQJ

5MHz

SSB

 

12:45z

G8ADD

5MHz

SSB

 

12:46z

G4ELZ

5MHz

SSB

 

12:48z

GW4BVE

5MHz

SSB

 

12:50z

G3JIE

5MHz

SSB

 

12:55z

ON4CAP

3.5MHz

SSB

 

12:58z

G3RDQ

3.5MHz

SSB

 

12:59z

G0TDM

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:00z

G0RQL

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:01z

G0TRB

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:02z

G4OWG

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:03z

G0NES

3.5MHz

SSB

 

13:09z

9A7W

7MHz

SSB

 

13:10z

G0RQL

7MHz

SSB

 

13:11z

9A4MF

7MHz

SSB

 

13:13z

G4ELZ

7MHz

SSB

 

13:16z

DL2EF

7MHz

SSB

 

13:17z

OK1SDE

7MHz

SSB

 

13:18z

SM6CMU

7MHz

SSB

 

13:20z

PA3HS

7MHz

SSB

 

13:21z

S52QM

7MHz

SSB

 

Date:29/Aug/2008 Summit:GM/SS-205 (Bogrie Hill) Call Used:GM7AAU/P Points: 1 Bonus: 0   

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Notes

12:27z

GW0DSP

5MHz

SSB

 

12:28z

GW1LFX

5MHz

SSB

 

12:29z

G0RQL

5MHz

SSB

 

12:31z

G3OHC

5MHz

SSB

 

13:35z

GM7AAV/M

144MHz

FM

 

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