During our June 2017 Northern Irish tour we visited mainly the Sperrin Mountains with a quick dash to the remaining Mournes and also a few Antrim Hills. On our way to the coast on 13 June we called in at GI/AH-009 Carnearny (aka Tobernaveen Hill)near Antrim, where the trig point was well hidden in a rather brambly clearing in the middle of a thick bit of forest. There was just room along the path for a long wire for HF and I leant against the trig point (not wanting to sit on the brambles…) with my dipole and VX-7 and hoped my signal would get through the dense trees. Thanks to a very helpful band of local chasers in 20 mins I’d got 5 on 2m and 4 on 70cm so my attention wandered and I inspected the top of the trig point and suddenly realised I could decipher the hieroglyphics inscribed thereon
read the inscription "GI4WSB/P BILL’. This seemed to indicate that one of our leading British SOTA activator had been this way (about 11 months earlier on 3/8/16 according to the records) and had duly ‘signed in’. This was obviously a local custom so I picked up my pencil (not having a marker pen or pot of paint like my predecessor) and followed suit
I would like to know whether this ‘signing in’ is a SOTA tradition that had passed my by or whether it is only practised by WSB and, if so, on which other summits I will find his mark?