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Agnew's Hill AH-005

 

Agnew's Hill, GI/AH-005 - 474m ASL - D 327 016 - OSNI Discoverer 9 - 2 SOTA points         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

 

We had sailed from Birkenhead to Belfast on Saturday 1st August 2015, setting out from Macclesfield just hours after Marianne and I returned from our 21st wedding anniversary outing to London.  It was a daytime - 10am to 6pm - crossing which I find an interminable drag!  We must find a way to talk Marianne round to the benefits of the overnight crossings!  Anyway, we stayed at my father-in-law's house in Larne, and it was nice to see the old sea captain.  As we retired to bed for the evening, I checked with Jimmy if he was up for an early activation the next morning.  He wasn't - but I was, so I set my alarm for 6.30am.

Good signage on the Ulster Way.  Not good paths though!        Start of the climb

Shortly after 5am on Sunday 2nd August 2015, I grabbed myself a couple of buttered toasted sodas and a coffee, then got on the road.  I followed the main A8 Belfast road out of Larne, remembering to quickly turn right onto the A36 Ballymena road.  I tried to visually remember which was the correct right turn onto a minor road that would take me up to the Ulster Way to the north of Agnew's Hill.  Normally here, I have parked in one of the tight rectangular bays that appear periodically along the road.  On this occasion, I simply pulled onto the grass verge on the opposite side of the road to the stile.

At the summit        6m/10m antenna

This is typical Ulster Way - good signage, good stiles, terrible underfoot!  So it was a damp, boggy slog up steep grass, not so steep grass, many peat banks and the occasional stream.  It only seemed to take 20 minutes or so to reach the top stile, which meant I was within yards of the summit, and already well within the activation zone.  Like on most previous visits, the clag was thick and visibility low, so I didn't have the pleasurable sight of this stile until I was virtually upon it.

Tom M1EYP        The mist cleared on the way back down

Soon at the summit cairn, I set up, and then had a great time on 10m which was suddenly in much better condition than recent days.  22 contacts featured a mix of CW and SSB QSOs, and included a S2S into Spain.  As I started my descent, the mist finally cleared and I could enjoy some views of the Antrim Hills.  I drove back to Larne for a shower and change, and more coffee, before heading up towards Ballygalley for Sunday lunch at Halfway House Hotel.  We would stay one more night in Larne, and Jimmy and I agreed to jointly activate Slievetrue GI/AH-010 early on the Monday morning.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

S2S

08:15z

EA2LU

28MHz

CW

 

08:16z

EA2DT

28MHz

CW

 

08:16z

OE6GND

28MHz

CW

 

08:17z

DL3HXX

28MHz

CW

 

08:18z

OK1KT

28MHz

CW

 

08:19z

DL3JPN

28MHz

CW

 

08:24z

OK1MOS

28MHz

CW

 

08:25z

F6EYB

28MHz

CW

 

08:27z

HB9MKV

28MHz

CW

 

08:29z

DL2HWI

28MHz

CW

 

08:33z

IK6JSW

28MHz

CW

 

08:35z

OK1KNA

28MHz

CW

 

08:35z

DM4CW

28MHz

CW

 

08:36z

IZ5ILK

28MHz

CW

 

08:38z

EA2IF/1

28MHz

CW

 

08:42z

EC1AJL

28MHz

SSB

 

08:47z

DH0MWH

28MHz

SSB

 

08:48z

EB1IFK

28MHz

SSB

 

08:48z

EB2JU

28MHz

SSB

 

08:50z

EC2AG/P

28MHz

SSB

EA1/BU-061

08:55z

9A7JCY

28MHz

SSB

 

09:05z

DJ5AA

28MHz

CW

 

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