Went up See Morris Hill yesterday (Monday). Took the Yaesu FT8900 up there and 18Ah battery. Parked at NX916776 and walked up the road to the summit. There is a tarmac road all the way up. The top of this hill has a radio mast on it (West FM transmits on 97.0 (coverage map) from here, the site is also known as Riddings Hill), surrounded by a high fence, so there is nowhere with a 360 degree take off. I set up on the side facing Dumfries, with the antenna pole stuck in a fence.
Mast on Riddings Hill:
West FM's antenna:
Even after putting a Sotawatch alert on earlier, and spotting myself when I was on the air, I made only one QSO on 2 metres, with GM4JR/M who was in Dumfries. This was probably the worst response to any SOTA activation I've done, seeing as I'd used the internet and higher power. It was a Monday dinner time though, and last time I'd activated that hill (with 4 or more QSOs) it was a Sunday afternoon. After one contact in half an hour, I gave up as it had started raining. At least I got someone from See Morris Hill.
View from See Morris Hill towards Dumfries:
After that I went into Dumfries and did some shopping before going home for tea.
I've been having some problems with AGW/UI-View in Windows Vista. It works OK with the sound card input (an external USB interface, Edirol UA25) but won't play anything through the sound card output. I could try the onboard sound but my rig interface lead has 1/4 inch jack plugs on it for use with the UA25. Everything works OK in XP.