On Saturday 11 May we (M0JLA and M6BWA) set of for our third trip to Northern Ireland via, possibly, 2 or 3 small SS summits and then the Cairnryan –Larne ferry on Monday 13th. We’ve a few nights near Ballymena to conquer Trostan AH-001 which got omitted on our last trip 2 years ago which is particularly unfortunate as we hear ‘the third route’ has been stopped by the farmer so it is now the Moyle Way… or the Moyle way – neither of which is recommended!
We then move to Omagh for an assault on the rather scattered (we’ve done the nearer ones!) 10 remaining Sperrin summits and to start the remaining 6 South-West peaks. Our final stay is near Enniskillen where there are many other attractions (Marble Arch caves, Devenish Island, various National Trust properties and…yet again a search for a calling corncrake as it was so cold last year in the Outer Hebrides in early May that they delayed arrival until after we left!) On Wednesday 28 May we drive to Dublin (via a EI summit for R??) and return to Wales and then, eventually, the QTH.
I will be working on 2m fm and 70 cm as usual if I can - but may have to resort to 40m or 80m if contacts are scarce. On previous visits I have been mostly successful thanks to the assistance of local amateurs but this time we will be a lot further west and finding contacts may be more of a challenge. Rod will normally be operating on HF as usual.
We will post alerts and spots when possible but weather, access problems and legs (!) may cause a change of plan. We hope to join in the LD S2S event on Saturday 18 May from SM-021 Slievemore when there should be nothing in the way for my 2m and 70cm signals – apart from quite a long distance (260 km to Helvellyn!)! Please listen out for us – if only because it has only been activated 10 times so you may not have chased it yet! We hope to hear from you.
73 Viki M6BWA