Monday 29th November 2021
We were heading for Ballygally on the Antrim coast for a few days, visiting Marianneís dad - Captain Jimmy, after whom M0HGY was named! Ironically, Jimmy M0HGY was working that week and so remained at home, and not away with Marianne, Liam and me.
Usual routine - try to get SOTA activating done while people are in bed, so as not to impinge on family time! After the overnight ferry from Birkenhead to Belfast, (and a fabulous large Ulster Fry at the Harbour Cafe near Belfast port) Maz and Liam were tired and opted to go straight to bed upon arrival at the accommodation in Ballygally. Hence that was my first opportunity.
This was the most local SOTA summit, and therefore usually the first target when Iím over. Itís a short boggy slog of about 20 minutes to the summit cairn. I used the Alexloop and qualified the activation with 5 QSOs on 40m CW, 3 on 30m CW and 3 on 40m SSB. No takers on 2m FM. All stations were recognised chasers.