Just a quick heads up just in case anyone needs a complete on what I intend to activate: I am going across the pond this coming Thursday 6th April to activate a few SOTA summits in the GI Mournes. I also hope to activate at least one EI summit on route! Below is my planned agenda if it goes to plan subject to wx:
Friday 7th April 2023:
Slieve Donard GI/MM-001 @ approx 10:30 UTC
Slieve Commedagh GI/MM-002 @ approx 12:45 UTC
Saturday 8th April 2023:
Slieve Bearnagh GI/MM-004 @ approx 10:15 UTC
Slieve Meelbeg GI/MM-005 @ approx 12:15 UTC
Monday 10th April 2023:
Slieve Binnian GI/MM-003 @ approx 10:30 UTC
Slievelamagan GI/MM-006 @ approx 12:45 UTC
Tuesday 11th April 2023:
- Clermont Carn EI/IE-021 @ approx 08:45 UTC
Times above are in UTC and a complete estimate subject to wx and leg conditions - I will operate on 5-CW, 7-SSB & 145-FM spotting on every frequency I call out on. It would be great to work some stations from this SOTA community 73, G(I)4BML/p Ben
This is most inconvenient. Our last activation of our GI/EI trip is Thursday - so no S2S. I will monitor 2m FM though as we drive back across from Inishowen to Belfast on Friday.
Sorry Tom @M1EYP - fingers crossed we may make a qso from one summit on Friday on your way home.
I plan to be out on Friday and hopefully work you S2S when your activating GI/MM-001.
I will post an Alert closer to the day.
Cheers Ben, 73
Will listen out for you Chris @M0RSF - have a nice activation.
Ben. It was a real delight to have you pick my slow CW call out of your busy pile-up on Slieve Donard (GI/MM-001) today, Friday 7th. As a CW newbie it was only my third ever CW chase and I managed to make a hash of it but the typical courtesy shown by you - and the many other shivering but patient activators who do likewise - to those of us clumsily learning the hard way ensured I left the shack on a total high and determined to reach for the key regularly in future. Thanks for making it a very Good Friday for me. 73 es tu agn. Mike
Hi @MM7MWL Mike,
I hope all is well up North it was great to make a qso with you today on 7-CW, I had a few calling at the same time but picked MWL out and new it was you nothing wrong with the keying buddy, all sounded perfect to me! Keep up the good work and I look forward to our next CW qso soon. I should be in GI or EI activating for the next 3 days.
Take care and 73,
On 5354.5 I could not hear you. So that’s why I asked for 40 or 20 meters CW. Thanks for calling on 7032. Both summits are a sota complete for me. Thanks for that. Good luck and maybe tomorrow again for one or two sota completes?
I will be QRV from a PAFF. So I will look out for you.
Have a nice day tomorrow.
73 - Tonnie - PA9CW
Ben, I wish you all the best on your demanding tour.
Unfortunately I’m not qrv on any of your days.
But see you on the Sunday after next.
Tonnie - you were heard 599 in north-east Scotland. 73 Mike
Hi Tonnie @PA9CW,
It was great to get you itl on both summits yesterday and one today. 7 MHz is working well at present! I might do Slieve Croob GI/MM-010 tomorrow (Sunday 9th April) subject to wx if that is a complete for you - it’ll be approximately 14:15 UTC. And then I plan for two big ones on Monday which I’ve alerted for.
Take care and look forward to another qso.
Thanks Chris @DL1CR - we’re having a good time over here in GI looking forward to meeting up in a weeks time! Have a nice weekend.
thanks for QSO today. I was /P from PAFF-0179. Signal was not vy strong. GI/MM-010 is not a complete for me. Vut I will look out for you.
GI/MM-004 and GI/MM-005 would have been a complete for me. Maybe next time. No problem…
Good luck es enjoy. 73 - Tonnie - PA9CW
I was waiting for GI/MM-004 (one of my last MM) on Saturday, not on Sunday (no activation planed on you first message).
But things are often different, it will be for next time, I hope.
You had the chance to work MM-004 with GI4OSF/P on 2m
but on 07 April from MM-002 on 2m
Congrats for your great GI/EI tour.
Thanks Ben for the contacts. Was surprised to hear you on CW. Enjoy Ian and Esther land.
Take care and best 73
thanks for today’s GI/MM-004. It was a real pile-up on 7033. Another complete for me.
PS later also GI/MM-005. Thanks for the second complete today. I hope you had a nice view. When I was there, a month ago; it was vy windy and cold.
73 - Tonnie - PA9CW
Excellent propagation conditions on 20m this afternoon / evening from VK1. Your signal was clear and well above my low noise floor.
Thanks for the voice SSB S2S to GI/MM-004, which is my 2nd GI summit to summit in 10 days.
LP was open at 0600 UTC and started to fade around 0730 UTC, 60 20m SSB QSOs in my log from VK1/AC-041 and VKFF-0834.
FT-857D @ 20 watts
73, Andrew VK1AD
Happy to work you this morning 40m CW Ben for a new unique
Was a hard pileup with the trouble maker as usual
But shh I don’t have the right to say more…sorry