There was a good stretch of coast opposite the hostel where we were staying in Castlebay on the Isle of Barra so I decided to take advantage of this today during our stay and to set up the Buddipole for a portable amateur radio session.
Similarly to my experience on the Isle of Benbecula and in most locations tried in Scotland it was difficult to get very close to the water but I was able to get the antenna within 5 metres or so of it. Unfortunately, by the time the antenna was set up and guyed, it was too late in the day. I also set up the antenna for 10 metres which was probably a poor band choice that late in the day.
I made several good contacts on 10 metres between 15:24 and 15:35 UTC with CU/DH2IW in the Azore Islands who I also worked during the previous session on the Isle of Benbecula and also with SV9GVY who was thundering in from Greece before packing up.
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