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Visiting Ireland in May


#1

Hello,

in May 2018 I will be visiting Ireland for one week as part of a guided hiking-tour. We will be hiking in the northern part of the country. I’m planning to take only my 2m handheld with me … so I wonder if there are active chasers in the area to qualify these summits on 2m only:

http://www.sota.org.uk/Summit/EI/IN-048
http://www.sota.org.uk/Summit/EI/IN-018
http://www.sota.org.uk/Summit/EI/IN-001
http://www.sota.org.uk/Summit/EI/IN-013

Any thoughts and comments welcome!

73 Martin, OE5REO


#2

Hi Martin,

The nearest large town to the area where you will be operating is Londonderry (Derry) in GI-land. Londonderry is about 30 km south-east, or east, of the first three summits you mentioned, so if you have a good take-off in the south-easterly direction it should be possible to work stations in the Londonderry area with a handheld.

The last one on your list (EI/IN-013) is the most remote from any large centre of population, but from there you will have a 40 km sea path to Sligo to the south of your QTH, so that is a possibility. However, nobody has ever made any SOTA QSOs on 2m from this one!

Try calling CQ on 145.500 MHz, then QSY to a clear channel up or down from there in 25 kHz steps. It would be a big help if you can self-spot when you are QRV … perhaps using SMS spotting if you can make it work from EI-land. Or phone a friend and ask them to put up a spot for you.

Good luck, and have a very nice holiday!

73,
Walt (G3NYY)


#3

Hello Walt,

thanks for your reply and the detailed information. I will of course set alerts on SOTAwatch and spot myself (if I have cell phone coverage).

73 Martin, OE5REO


#4

Hi Martin
we live 20 miles east of Londonderry and are very active chasers. There are also several others nearby who would be listening out for you as well!
Esther
GI0AZA


#5

Martin,

My QTH (IO72) is 650ft Asl & I look out across the Irish Sea with a clear take of to Ireland. I have worked all of Ireland over the years on 2mtrs so there may be a chance I will hear you if condx are right and you are able to get a ribbon slim Jim up. I will certainly listen out for you and monitor your operating Freq.

Don, GW0PLP.


#6

Hi Martin

2m FM with a handheld should be no problem from Errigal IN-001, however Mackoght IN-018 will be shielded by its big neighbour towards EI but there is a path to GI.

Sleave League IN-013 is a stunning walk over a ridge! Try 145.500 also 145.450 for Co. Sligo and Co. Mayo stations.

Good luck and enjoy your visit.

73, Phil ON4TA


#7

Thanks Esther, Don and Phil for your comments, I am really looking forward to activating these summits in May! My equipment will be a Kenwood TH-D72 and a Diamond RH-770 Telescopic Antenna.

73 Martin, OE5REO


#8

Hi there,

just a few days until my visit to Ireland, really looking forward to it! I have alerts for all the planned summits posted on SOTAwatch. I’m sure aboute the date … but not of the activation time. When I have more info about the ETA I will update the alerts if possible! Just successfully tried SMS spotting, hope it works fine from EI-Land also!

Looking forward to many contacts with a lot of chasers!

73 Martin, OE5REO


#9

Hi Martin,

If I can get time I will head to my local high ground in SW GM-land and listen out for you. From there I think I can get 3 summits, IN-013 may be a bit harder with 2 peaks in the way.

Best of luck anyway.

73 Neil


#10

Hi Martin

Work time permitting, I will be east of you in GI land so hopefully i will be able to catch you on summit. I will watch for your spots !

73 and enjoy your visit.
Sid MI5UTC