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GD/GD-002 Slieau Freoaghane Evening Activation

A work trip to the Isle of Man this week gave me an opportunity to get out in the evening with a couple of colleagues who like the hills. We considered a few options of SOTA and HEMA summits and at the last minute picked Slieau Freoaghane. It’s a 20 minute walk to the summmit on a dirt track with good parking. Eventually you turn direct on a well trodden path and make for the summit.


Local transport - old school in the back of a Landy


The start of the track up to the summit

The weather was pretty good - no clouds to speak of. Visibility wasn’t fantastic so Ireland and Scotland were a bit hazy. There was a consistent 20 mph wind which you could get out of on the leeward side of the cairn stones, although the wind chill and temperature did start taking its’ toll on Simon’s lad. We had an hour from start to finish.


The path to the summit

There is a post on the summit which I strapped the 10m compact travel mast to and this helped get the antenna in the air within about 5 minutes.

Borrowing an internet connection I got myself spotted on 20m and found conditions to be very good. I suspect Manuel @ea2dt adding a spot on the DX Cluster helped.
Once 20m had dried up I moved to 40m and again worked a substantial pile up.

Last time I was SOTA on the Isle of Man I really struggled for contacts, no issues with the FT-857 running at 100w and the freshly tuned dipole - some stations were reporting I was hitting them at 59+30.


Operating Position

More photos are here.

Thanks to all the chasers. Back to LD land now!
73 Mark.


QSO Map

Date: 02/Jul/2019 Summit: GD/GD-002 (Slieau Freoaghane) Call Used: MD0NOM/P Points: 4 Bonus: 0

Time Call Band Mode Notes
18:35z IU3BTY 14MHz SSB N. Italy
18:38z LG80T 14MHz SSB Trontheim Norway
18:45z EA2DT 14MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
18:46z OK2PDT 14MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
18:48z DK9IP 14MHz SSB Win SW Germany
18:48z HB9CZR 14MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
18:49z SQ3PMX 14MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
18:49z UT1AN 14MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
18:50z OZ7JZ 14MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
18:51z DK8SV 14MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
18:52z EA4DFE 14MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
18:53z OH3GZ 14MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
18:53z UR4UC 14MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
18:54z EA2IF 14MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:02z GI0AZA 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:03z 2E0FEH 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:03z GI0AZB 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:06z EA2DT 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:06z G7LMF 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:06z GM4WHA 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:08z F4IFA 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:08z LZ2OG 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:09z F4HZN 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:09z GM0IQD 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:10z MM6PMQ 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:11z GI0CWV 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:12z DL8UD 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:12z OK1ASG 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:12z SQ3F 7MHz SSB Lesi
19:13z IN3XUG 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:13z SM6CNX 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:14z EI7CC 7MHz SSB Pete Dublin
19:14z F4GLR 7MHz SSB Daniel Paris
19:16z G0RQL 7MHz SSB Don Devon
19:17z OK1XXZ 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:18z EA1GKP 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:18z MW0IDX 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:19z ON7LO 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:20z F1URL 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:20z OZ4NA 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:20z SQ9RNW 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:21z DH7AS/M 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:22z EI6IF 7MHz SSB Dennis
19:22z OZ8TPR 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:22z PA0MRV 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:23z M0MVX 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:23z MI6LFU 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002
19:24z SM5SYO 7MHz SSB Thx for contact from Isle of Man SOTA: GD/GD-002


My companions


Before setting up


View to the South


View to the North


View to the West

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Very lucky with 40m that evening was nicely open.

Thanks again

Karl