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Divis AH-004

 

Divis, GI/AH-004 - 478m ASL - J 280 754 - OSNI Discoverer 15 - 2 SOTA points        Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

 

Thursday 8th November 2018 - Slieve Croob GI/MM-010 & Divis GI/AH-004

NT car park on Divis        Starting up the Summit Trail to Divis

I was back in Belfast by 0915 UTC after my early morning activation of Slieve Croob GI/MM-010, so all was well.  We checked out, then went for a wander in the city centre, with breakfast being a key priority.  After eating, Marianne was up for a walk, so we drove back up through the Falls and onto Divis.  We parked in the main National Trust car park opposite the start of the track. 

Approaching the summit        Trig point

Marianne and Liam marched on ahead on the access road, so I followed them.  Jimmy, behind us, was seen to branch off left on the Summit Trail route - we would see him again at the summit.  The views were good, with Belfast Lough, Strangford Lough and Lough Neagh all visible.  I did wish we had been up earlier though, around 11am when we had clear blue sky and sunshine; it would have been spectacular. 

Tom M1EYP        Liam

Jimmy and I both set up our stations on the sheltered side of the transmitter compound, both using the compound fence to secure two of our guylines/radials.  Jimmy MI0HGY/P got a decent response on 2m FM, and racked up seven QSOs back-to-back.  Meanwhile, on 20m CW, I made 18 QSOs for an easy qualification of my own. 

Jimmy M0HGY       Jimmy M0HGY

Marianne and Liam pottered around the summit, taking photos etc.  I anticipated Marianne might enjoy Divis, but she wasn’t at all impressed, although she did like the walk.  Marianne did eventually demand the car keys though, and set off on the descent with Liam.  Jimmy and I wrapped up the last few contacts and started packing away.  I was next to set off, leaving Jimmy behind to complete his packing away.  I took the Summit Trail route back to the main track. Jimmy did the opposite and walked down the road track. 

Road off the summit        Liam & Maz

It was beginning to feel a lot like Christmas when we got to the car to be presented with iced mince pies by Marianne.  We then returned to Belfast and a great bar called McHugh’s where we enjoyed some tasty wholesome food and fine local ale.  After a bit of a wander around the city centre shops, we returned to the car and checked in for the overnight ferry back to Birkenhead.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Op

13:58z

EA2LU

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

13:59z

SP9AMH

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:00z

GI0AZA

144MHz

FM

MI0HGY/P

14:00z

IK2LEY

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:00z

F5LKW

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:02z

MI0GDO

144MHz

FM

MI0HGY/P

14:02z

2I0KPY/M

144MHz

FM

MI0HGY/P

14:02z

OK2HMS

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:03z

OE7PHI

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:04z

W2SE

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:05z

MI0RTY

144MHz

FM

MI0HGY/P

14:05z

N1GB

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:06z

EA2DT

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:06z

HA5AZC

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:08z

SP7BCA

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:09z

2I0EVH

144MHz

FM

MI0HGY/P

14:09z

LZ1FH

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:09z

OE3KAB

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:11z

US1CT

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:12z

MI6XGZ

144MHz

FM

MI0HGY/P

14:12z

IK3ELC

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:13z

K8LJG

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:15z

IU4AOZ

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

14:16z

MI0JPD/M

144MHz

FM

MI0HGY/P

14:18z

YL3IQ

14MHz

CW

MI1EYP/P

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