It doesn’t seem five minutes since we were on Barra last year, and the time has come around again for our annual trip to the Scottish Islands. This year, as we did in 2008, we are teaming up with the Sands Contest Group from Lancashire plus Brendan EI6IZ, to visit the island of Arran. We will be using the Sands Callsign, MS0SCG.
The Sands guys take a lot of the credit for the organisation and we would like to thank them for that. Mark and Paddy will be donning their chef’s outfits again to keep us all fed and watered and judging by our last joint operation to Jura, we will be very well catered for. Steve G0MTD, Mark M0WCR, Glynn M0XUH and Paul M1PAF will be making the trip from the Workington club.
Equipment wise we’ll be taking four Elecraft K3′s with various flavours of amplification, plus a Yaesu FT2000D and a couple of Kenwood TS-2000′s. Antennas will be mostly vertical’s and we have the kit to assemble a phased array for 80m and 40m in conjunction with other vertical antennas including a vertical Moxon for 20m which has done us proud on previous visits.
Depending on the weather and how we are doing there will probably be some portable op’s from the sea shore in addition to the main station at Drumla Farm.
The 18th and the 25th will be set up / break down days so most of our operating will be on the 19th to the 24th September, and we will be on most of the HF bands plus VHF/UHF, conditions permitting. Brendan is a CW enthusiast so we should be fairly active on the key, something we’ve lacked in previous years.