Stuart McIntosh

Maidenhead Grid square: IO75PW

WAB square: NS37

WAB book No: 20835

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By Stuart 2m0rot, May 26 2016 02:38PM

Our first sota of the year was in late March 2016 to the Cobbler GM/SS-020. As you see from the pics it was a fair ole slog but as soon as we got to the summit the mist cleared right on cue. I only operated on 2 metres & 70 cms hand helds to keep the weight down but we got 4 summits to summits with 2 of them in Ireland.

This weekend 28th May we plan to activate it's neighbour (Beinn Narnain) so I'll post up a reort on that.


Tranceiver: Yaesu FT2D

Antenna: Homebrew flowerpot

Spare radio: Wouxun UV8D


By Stuart 2m0rot, Mar 13 2016 01:57AM

I did it!


After months of pondering and waiting for the price to come down I finally took the leap into digital. I love it so much my next imminent purchase shall be the Yaesu FTM400.

By Stuart 2m0rot, Feb 18 2016 12:08AM

MB7IBM echolink gateway is now operational on 145.2875 and 103.5 tone. Initial tests are favourable with good coverage along the Clyde valley.

By Stuart 2m0rot, Dec 9 2015 09:47PM

Making a gallon of wine is very rewarding but also very cheap. For an expence of £3.80 you can have 6 bottles of beautiful wine.

Follow the link for the step by step video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCJTlTc3lX0

By Stuart 2m0rot, Nov 11 2015 12:12AM

Due to the success of my activation this year I've already registered to activate the lighthouse again in 2016. Details of the worldwide event can be found on the website http://illw.net/

My lighthouse reference is: UK0200 - The Perch lighthouse, Port Glasgow.

By Stuart 2m0rot, Aug 14 2015 02:59AM

Whilst on holiday through at Fife in July I decided to do another sota hill that was only 3 miles away from the campsite. Largo Law is a 1 pointer, but is very steep and no real path to speak of so it can be treacherous if wet under-foot.

I parked at upper Largo cemetery car park where you follow the signs past the farm and to the base. Cracking views are had from the summit but it was windy (as it always is though here) so the homebrew tape-measure yagi struggled to stay in one piece.

Hf was very quiet due to a number of solar flaresthat week so with only two contacts on the worked all Britain net on 40 metres i changed I got plenty on 2 metres to activate the hill.


Equipment used:


Yaesu 817nd

40m inverted vee

2m homebrew yagi

Baofeng uv-5r

Solar go-box

By Stuart 2m0rot, Aug 3 2015 08:26PM

On 5th July 2015 Myself, my Daughter and Steven (MM6SGO) activated Ben Lomond GM/SS-011 for summits on the air. It had been 5 years since I had done any serious hill walking and was slightly wary as I had gained some extra pounds over that time.

After the initial steep incline at the begining, my heart got into a mellower rhythm and we got to the summit in 3hrs. After we got our contacts on hf & 2m the skies got darker & blacker, so we made our way back down to the vehicle all happy with what we had achieved.

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