Nice one Tom. I kept seeing the FT8 spots from you on 20m from Big Collin this morning and just took a look at 14074 during the latter part of your activity to see if I could see you - yes surprisingly, I could. You were -16 - and I worked you 2nd or 3rd call. The weather looks like it was better over the Irish Sea than it was here at the time you were on, very dull and starting to drizzle. I hope you work the DX over the weekend.
5am get-up for a solo early activation of the famous mountain where St Patrick tended his sheep. As far as I am concerned the ascent is a scramble. I’m sure the climbing fraternity would grade that scramble as a “walk”…
Fantastic early morning summit bag with Jimmy EI/M0HGY/P. Set off with a full moon still in the dawn skies above Lough Foyle. An enjoyable ascent up a winding stony track before a heathery final ascent to the summit. Stunning views under clear blue sky and bright sunshine, punctuated by a short sharp hail shower! The North Atlantic Ocean prominent in three directions from our summit again.
Tom EI/M1EYP/P - 55 contacts:
20m CW: 30 QSOs (including summit-to-summits into Spain & Switzerland, and a DX contact to Australia - Ian VK5CZ).
20m SSB: 12 QSOs (including summit-to-summits into Germany & Spain).
20m FT4: 13 QSOs
Treated myself to an 11 inch Lenovo notebook recently, to replace the Windows 10 tablet I was using for FT8 operating, but which now has a shattered screen. Very pleased with it, just the job, perfect size (not too big or too small), and reasonably priced too. Windows 10 tablet with shattered screen and Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard for sale…
With checkout of our accommodation in Moville, Co. Donegal at 10am, and check-in for the ferry in Belfast a mere 11 hours later, we had some time to kill.
A pleasant drive across the Sperrins, with a lunch stop at Ireland’s highest pub - The Ponderosa. Then into Belfast for a mooch around, a bit of shopping (new sunglasses and walking boots), and a visit to the famous Crown pub.