After I reported on my most enjoyable walk and activation of Agnew's Hill GI/AH-005 the previous day, I think Jimmy M0HGY felt he had "missed out" somewhat by taking the option of a lie-in instead. In anycase, he was crystal clear that he would indeed be joining me for Slievetrue on Monday 3rd August 2015. We agreed a 5am get-up, and started the day toasting some soda breads (SOTA breads??) in his grandad's kitchen.
It was good to have the principal navigator back in the car, and therefore enjoyed a quick and stress-free drive. After leaving Larne on the A8, we turned left down the B100, following it south as it became the B99 and B58 towards Carrickfergus. Then it was onto a succession of minor roads through the Woodburn Forest before turning right onto Slievetrue Road. We followed this up past all the residential properties to the farmyard, and then sharp right as the road climbed up to the transmitter site. The walk from here to the summit is perhaps about 100m horizontally (following around the corners of the transmitter compound) and just a handful of metres vertically upwards to the trig point on the summit.
Jimmy qualified entirely on 2m FM, but I only managed to scrape two contacts on 10m, even though one of then was a S2S into the Czech Republic. I availed myself of Jimmy's station and tail-ended a couple of his QSOs. We needed to get back to Larne to pick up Marianne and Liam, reload the car and get on with the journey up to our booked holiday cottage near Limavady, County Derry. The next summit activation would be the following day - Tuesday - on Binevenagh GI/SM-015.