Dirrington Law (GM/SS-225) Scottish Borders

SOTA summit: Dirrington Law, Scottish Borders  GM/SS-225

Activation Date: May 10, 2019

Unique: Yes, 161st and 199th overall

Call sign used: MM0SNA/P

Portable operation: Yes

Radio: KX2 and VX-8G

Antenna: LNG 40/20/10 end fed and 2m J Pole

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

Hike:  ~2 miles R/T and ~650ft ascent.  (<–click left for GaiaPro track etc)

Hike and AZ profile:

  • Overgrown 4×4 dirt road and paths
  • Treeless summit
  • Small hook on dislodged trig point suitable to attach light mast
  • Flat AZ
  • Great views south of Cheviots and west to Eildon (Melrose area)

Recommend: Yes, very easy

Solo operation: Yes

Cell Coverage: O2 excellent

Photos: Copyright Paul Gacek 2019


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Red tear drop is peak south of Edinburgh Scotland
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~30 minute drive from Berwick upon Tweed
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Easy hike


Cheviots slightly right of center horizon
Looking west toward Melrose and the Eildon
Looking back at the path up…very easy
Broader view looking east
FT8 station. KX2 at 5 watts and SurfaceGo. Still not convinced about operating FT8 on a peak
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FT8 is remarkable….my 5 watts heard across Europe and the East Coast
Looking up at J Pole hanging from mast…normally it hangs unobstructed. VX-8R handheld
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Tough time over almost 2 hrs but I did have a State side QSO!!



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