Thursday 2nd December 2021
In an uncanny repetition of navigating to Slieveanorra GI/AH-003 earlier the same morning, I needed to review the parking point. I got to where Iíd placed the satnav waypoint from memory, but it was a gate with clearly no access. I couldn't work out whether I was at the correct place from my previous activation but that the access situation had change - or if I was just at the wrong spot. I drove around a bit, but couldnít find the access road I remembered/recognised. A bit of research on the http://mountainviews.ie offered an alternative.
I drove around to the east (seaward) side of the hill and approached via a transmitter access road. The summit was just a couple of fields beyond the mast compound and an easy five minute walk. The third time Iíve activated this summit, and the third different route used! Five QSOs - two on 40m CW and three on 30m CW. Fairly unremarkable but I didnít mind as I needed to get back down to Ballygally. I wondered if conditions were down or more if the Alexloop is somewhat less potent without the helping hands of a salt water groundplane and a distant horizon!
It was nearly time to go home. I drove back down to Ballygally, picked up Maz and Liam, then headed down into Larne. We had lunch in a quirky cafe bar called Steady Eddie's. The proprietor and chef - Eddie - was a Filipino gentleman who served everything from Far Eastern cuisine to Ulster Fries! Marianne made a final call in to see her dad, we spent a bit of time wandering around Belfast, and finally caught the overnight boat for the return crossing.