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Oughtmore SM-017

 

Oughtmore, GI/SM-017 - 382m ASL - H 724 837 - OSNI Discoverer 13 - 1 SOTA point         Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

 

GI SOTA Trip - Activation #18 - Oughtmore GI/SM-017 - Friday 3rd June 2016

To round off our GI SOTA Trip, we had plenty of time (or so we thought) to squeeze in Oughtmore, the summit we had cancelled from our intended 5-summit day the previous day. We parked by the rough track entrance at H723832.

From here, we should have followed the rough track up and cut up through a forest break. We made the mistake of opting for the much better farm track which ran parallel. This meant we needed to walk all around the side of the forest on the higher parts of the hill and then traverse across some really horrible unstable ground on the ridge and final approach. This ate up most of our slack time.

Jimmy setting up for 2m        Tom on Balix Hill

At least the summit was very pleasant, and we sat ourselves either side of a stone cairn to play radio. jimmy had no problem getting 7 contacts on 2m FM. However, I managed just 3 on HF - one on 40m CW and two on 30m CW. Fortunately, Jimmy had kept his station set up in case I needed back up, so I availed myself of that option and added three 2m FM QSOs to my own logbook.

Jimmy QRV        Gorgeous weather for the final activation

We found a very faint track looping down from the summit, so followed that. It led us straight into the forest break down to the rough track we should have taken. It was dangerously boggy in places and vigilance was required. It did take us through a really interesting and unexpected cluster of abandoned buildings as well though.

Jimmy M0HGY        Reward on the ferry!

This summit was tougher than we had anticipated and on reflection was never a viable option for the fifth of a five summit day! Nonetheless, back at the car shortly after 6pm, we were still comfortable for making Belfast Port by the 8.30pm check-in time. The queue for that was tedious, but as soon as we were on board, we were straight to our cabin for a shower and change, then straight to the grill for fish, chips & mushy peas, and Guinness. And more Guinness.  So with a successful final day, we completed the trip with the intended 18 new activator uniques to our records.

Time

Call

Band

Mode

Op

15:57z

MI0GDO

144MHz

FM

MI0HGY/P, MI1EYP/P

16:03z

MI0MEV

144MHz

FM

MI0HGY/P

16:09z

EA1CVZ

7MHz

SSB

MI1EYP/P

16:09z

GI4SJQ

144MHz

FM

MI0HGY/P

16:13z

EA2DT

10MHz

SSB

MI1EYP/P

16:13z

MI3CXM

144MHz

FM

MI0HGY/P

16:15z

F8CZI

10MHz

SSB

MI1EYP/P

16:21z

MI0TGO/M

144MHz

FM

MI1EYP/P, MI0HGY/P

16:22z

GI4LKG

144MHz

FM

MI1EYP/P, MI0HGY/P

16:26z

MI0JST

144MHz

FM

MI0HGY/P