PW 144MHz QRP Contest 2022 – Sunday 12th June 2022

Some members of the club will again be going up the hill to operate a portable station for the Practical Wireless 144MHz QRP contest on Sunday 12th June. We will be using the callsign GM4YEQ/P.

The contest runs between 0900-1600 UTC (1000-1700 Local/BST). We’ll likely be on site from 0930 (local) if not slightly earlier for setting up.

We’ll be at the usual “Middle Swire” location between the Yarrow and Ettrick valleys 6 miles west of Selkirk.

All club members are welcome to come and visit and catch up, assist with setting up or operating, or if not able to come to the site, give us a shout on 2m simplex FM or SSB if you hear us (144.150-144.400MHz is the SSB range). Someone will likely be monitoring 145.500 for local contacts.

Exchange will be signal report, serial number (if you’re not participating then give 001) and your Maidenhead grid reference (or approximate location if you don’t know it as it still counts as a contact just not a new grid square).

Visitors should bring their own food and drink if they’re staying all day. Bring warm clothing in case it’s windy or wet and footwear suitable for a grass field (with sheep droppings!). Dogs under strict control.

Location: Yarrow Swire, off summit of C22 road between A708 (Yarrow) and B7009 (Ettrickbridge). Marked as Witchie Knowe on some maps.
Locator: IO85MM
Coordinates: 55.5215N 2.999W 360m (1180ft) ASL
NGR: NT370257 (WAB Square NT32) (NT 37005 25780)
Google Maps shortcut: 9C7VG2C2+M7
Closest Postcode: TD7 5ND (Wester Kershope Farm on north side of the hill on the approach from Yarrow valley.)
What3Words: /// indicates.kitten.sprinter (Switch to satellite view)

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From Yarrow Valley:

From East on A708 from Selkirk / Philiphaugh turn left just after Yarrow village onto the C22.
From West on A708 from Innerleithen / Gordon Arms / St Mary’s Loch turn right just before Yarrow village onto the C22.
The postcode provided leads to this farm. Do not turn off to this farm but continue on the C22 road to the top of the hill.
At the summit, cross the cattlegrid then immediately turn left up the rough track.

From Ettrick Valley

From West on the B7009 from Ettrick, turn left on to C22 then follow road to the top of the hill.
From East on the B7009 from Ettrickbridge turn right onto the C22 then follow road to the top of the hill.
At the summit turn right before the cattlegrid onto the rough track up the hill.

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