Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Cairnpapple Hill GM/SS-254 January 2015

We were on a short break in the Scottish Borders staying in a country hotel near Biggar. A day was planned to look around Edinburgh. So we drove north through unfamiliar territory until we reached the outskirts of Bathgate. Just north of the town is the Marilyn summit of Cairnpapple Hill GM/SS-254.

Hole in the trig just deep enough to take the pole at an angle.... comms station to the north
A hill called the Knock is probably better known locally - due to its pointy prominence, history and topograph, but it isn't as high as our hill. I measured the col on the tarmac road between the two hills and it came out just a tad over 25m, so the trig point is the place to operate from, as stated on the SOTA Summits page, not The Knock.

There is a rough car park below The Knock. A metal gate on the left side of the road just north of the road junction shown on the OS map needs to be climbed and you are at the trig point within 10 minutes of locking up the car. 

48 QSOs completed from the summit, but only one on 2m FM with Jack GM4COX
I was on the air for 40 minutes on 7 MHz CW/SSB & 14 MHz CW. Best DX was CU3AA Joao in The Azores. 

I packed up and off we went to Edinburgh for the rest of the day...

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