Meikle Says Law (GM/SS-148) Scottish Borders

SOTA summit: Meikle Says Law, Scottish Borders  GM/SS-148

Activation Date: April 29, 2019

Unique: Yes, 160th and 198th overall

Call sign used: MM0SNA/P

Portable operation: Yes

Radio: KX3

Antenna: Buddipole Vertical

Band/Modes used: 20m/40m, voice and FT8

Hike:  ~7 miles R/T and ~700ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc)

Hike and AZ profile:

  • 4×4 dirt road all the way
  • Treeless summit
  • Boundary fence suitable to strap antenna mast to
  • Flat AZ
  • Views north to Firth of Forth

Recommend: Yes, pretty easy but be aware of RF hash!

Solo operation: Yes

Cell Coverage: O2 excellent

Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2019

 

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4×4 dirt road easy to follow for 3.5 mile length of hike
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Distant views of Firth of Forth. Flat top AZ
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Buddipole strapped to fence.
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Trig point is located quite close to scads of wind turbines – RF hash generators??
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Running FT8 on Microsoft Surface Go with UAG case with “paw” strap – worked well

 

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8 watts FT8, heard across Planet Earth….that is encouraging!

 

 

4 comments

  1. Outstanding results with PSK reporter. I just hooked up my KX3 with FT8 using my Winbook tablet. Amazing where I too was heard with only 10 watts. Did you have your ref in your exchange?

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  2. Hello Paul,
    how did you manage the clock synchronisation requirement of WSJTX on your tablette? Was it permanently connected to the internet via a 4G connection? How many radials did you use, just one?
    Thanks for short reply, it is very much appreciated!
    73, Johannes – DL1JRM

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    1. Hi Johannes. I have tried tethering the SurfaceGo to my phone but generally its been hit or miss. I use an inexpensive USB GPS dongle in conjunction with a free app called BktTimeSync. Works really well and so far I have been happy with it. Paul

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