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Slieveanorra AH-003

 

Slieveanorra, GI/AH-003 - 508m ASL - D 134 266 - OSNI Discoverer 5 - 4 SOTA points      Map & summit information from SOTAwatch    Click to return to summit index

Thursday 2nd December 2021

 

It was a very early start for Slieveanorra, but I was keen to collect my first seasonal bonus of the entire year 2021.  January to March had been wiped out for the usual lucrative SOTA trips, by the Covid-19 pandemic and association restrictions.

 

Pre-dawn approach        Tom MI1EYP/P

 

I followed the satnav to where I placed the waypoint, but couldnít spot the track entrance - and the darkness didnít help!  I backtracked, and found it.  An easy walk up the wide gravel track took around 20 minutes.

 

Alexloop        Crescent moon

 

It was a bit early for anything shorter than 80m, but I managed two QSOs each on 30m and 40m in 25 minutes.  One further contact was made on 2m FM before descending.

 

Summit cairn        View from Slieveanorra at dawn

 

On the descent route, now in daylight, I took some interest in the information boards about the nature reserve, and the memorial to the US plane crash in World War 2.

 

Tom MI1EYP/P        Slieveanorra Nature reserve sign

 

A check on the clock allowed me to decide that I had enough time to also activate Cross Slieve GI/AH-011 on the way back down to Ballygally.

 

Memorial plaque        Information board

 

Time

Callsign

Band

Mode

07:45

F5JKK

10MHz

CW

07:47

HB9CGA

10MHz

CW

08:09

ON4BCA

7MHz

CW

08:10

F4HZR

7MHz

CW

08:25

GB8SJA

144MHz

FM

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