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The Worked All Ireland (WAI) award scheme is run by the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS), Ireland's [EI] amateur radio association. 


During my 2014 visit I managed to activate 50 new WAI squares, some during a SOTA activity others en route from the car.  This was the first time I was using the FT-857D now with the head [with optional "separation kit"] fitted onto the car's dash and an ATAS-120 antenna covering 40m - 6m bands.


Below are photographs for counties Galway and Mayo, my destination.  Also new counties Cavan, Kildare, Leitrim and Meath.


Photo list on this trip is by County and WAI number.


Call sign: EI/ON4TA/P or EI/ON4TA/M



Co. Carlow



Walking up the service road to the huge RTE transmitter mast, nearby trig point and small cairn.


Co. Cavan


No photo: H21 on N87 near Bawnboy.



Windfarm on top!  Slieve Rushen lies in the EI part of this grid.

Lough Oughter near Inishconnell.  A quiet en route stop.

Bruse Hill off the R198 near Arvagh.  All heather top with trig point and Co. Cavan flag (blue/white).

N48 is a split grid.  Lough Sheelin claims a major chunk of this WAI grid.

Pub at Kilnaleck (Cill na Leice) village on the R154.

Mohercrom (Cornasaus) on a foggy day.


Co. Galway


No photo: L82 at Lettermore (bridge).

No photo: L92 on R343 at Carraroe.

No photo: L93 on R336 at Kinvarra. 

No photo: M23 at Moycullen.

No photo: M32 at Galway Doughiska area.



The village shop at Carna.  Local road off R340.  Gaeltacht area (Irish-speaking region).

Lough Corrib near Oughterard on a very cloudy day.

M24 is a split grid.  Small pier at Carrowmoreknock, grabbing the the SW corner of this WAI grid.


Co. Kildare



N80 is a split grid.  Round Tower ruin (10th century) at Old Kilcullen.

Street view of Ballitore.


Co. Leitrim


No photo: H02 at mountain pass east of Dowra, same grid as The Playbank (EI/IN-020).



Slieve Anierin (the Mountain of the Iron) at the far end.  Photo taken at the foot of Bencroy also in H01 grid.

This is the false top at 480m, the trig is about 1km further SE at 543m.

Church ruin at Fenagh village, visible from the R202.


Co. Longford



The RTE transmitter mast dominates Corn Hill.


Co. Mayo


No photo: G10 on R315 at Lahardaun near Nephin.

F61 from Menawn (EI/IW-035) - same grid as Blacksod bay.



Doogort, a lower hill on the northern side of Achill Island.

Parked on an unnamed lower hill on the Mullet Peninsula.  View of the Atlantic.  ATAS-120 antenna for 40m-6m.

Tiny harbour and quay near Curraghboy on the Mullet Peninsula.

On the R313 running through the village.  Gaeltacht area (Irish-speaking region).

Short stop on the flat land near Gweesalia.

Srah strand (Trawmore Bay) and a tidal road leading to four houses on the tip of the island.

Photo taken at an area called Gortbrack North.  The Mullet Peninsula on the horizon.

Carrowmore hill (3 interlinked tops).  This large cairn is on Knocknascollop hill.

NW tip of Carrowmore Lake (local road), also Barnacuille (EI/IW-078) in this grid.

Within sight but difficult to reach (bog/private land).

View of Tawnaghmore (double hump), Glinsk and Barradeegin hills in north Co. Mayo, from the R314 coastal road.

Downpatrick Head on the north Co. Mayo coast.  Poor WX on the day precluded any walking.

A deserted Ross strand (Killala Bay) on the day ...

View from the trig of Carranaragh hill near Foxford.

G31 is a split grid.  Photo from the Windy Gap parking, looking at Largan hill with Lough Talt beyond the gap.

Water logged eroded turf on top of Knockmore on Achill Island.

The rocky top of Derreen hill on the southern tip of Achill Island.

Carrigahowley Castle, off the Achill Road (N59) towards Newport.  A mid-16th century tower house.

M15 is a split grid.  Cong, also famous for its film setting of "The Quiet Man".

Wind farm on Cuillalea hill.  EI2TGR the Co. Mayo 2m repeater is on a nearby mast.

The Round Tower and ruins/graveyard sited on a rise near Turlough Co. Mayo.

Beautiful panorama at Meelick.

Mullaghanoe is dominated by two communication masts, one of which has this unusual hexagonal shape.


Co. Meath



At the magnificent Loughcrew megalithic complex.  Worth a visit!


Co. Roscommon


No photo: G80 at Boyle.



Curlew Mountains is a SOTA with no view (EI/IW-083).


Co. Sligo


No photo: G50 at Moylough.  G50 is a split grid.

No photo: M69 at Monasteraden.



Co. Tipperary


No photo: S18 near Roscrea.



Co. Wexford



Approach to a forested hill top with plenty of commercial telecomms masts.

Early morning at Carna beach, SE tip of Ireland.


Co. Wicklow


No photo: S96 from Aghowle Upper (EI/IE-037).

No photo: T07 from Muskeagh Hill (EI/IE-043).



Beautiful but windy spring day on Djouce.

S78 is a split grid.  The Round Tower and later church are in the middle of the modern town.




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