After having got up at 6h30 (5h30 utc) and carried out an early morning successful activation of Mt. St. Martín during the VK/ZL <> EU S2S event, I got back home, picked up my 7 year old son and took him to the rock climbing training place, in which 90 minutes time I hiked, with no little effort, the 400m elevation of Mt. San Cristóbal for my 68th activation of this nice 2 pointer.
I managed to drop my son off a bit earlier than usual, so I was starting the hike at 9h54 utc, which is about 12 minutes earlier than usual that made me hope I would be able to enjoy 12 more minutes of activation than usual
The hike took me the usual 35 minutes, but once in the summit, when setting up, I seemed to have wrongly bungeed the plastic tube mast of my mobile whip antenna to the wooden post I use for that and it fell down three times.
I was still standing while setting up when the antenna fell down the 2 first times and it didn't take me much time to get it back to the vertical position, but I was already sitting on the ground with the antenna out of sight at my back and the headphones in my ears when the antenna fell down for a third time. The following picture was not taken that day but I post it here because it shows the way I always sit down with the antenna out of sight for my activations in this mountain.
I initially didn't notice that the antenna had fallen down again and I spent some precious minutes strugglying to tune the ATU for a 1:1 SWR and also checking PL connectors because I was unable to understand and correct the high SWR and very low band noise.
At one point, a group of 3 or 4 mountaneers passed by and when I peered towards them to say good morning, I saw to my despair that the antenna was down almost in contact with the ground and a metal thing with and explanatory text about the military fort in the summit.
By the time I stood up again, put and secured the antenna back in vertical position, sat back down, put the headphones back on, took the paddle, the pencil and the note book, I had already wasted all those fantastic extra minutes that I had and was delighted with at the begining of the hike and even more
It will have to be another express activation.
Well, things don't always come exactly as we would like...
I finally started CQing on 20m CW and logged my first chaser at 10h49 utc. John OZ4RT was followed by 11 more european chasers up to a total of 12 QSOs in the log.
This is the full log:
Despite the inconvenients, all were overcame and this made the activation a very enjoyed one.
I descended as fast as I could and got to the car in just 20 minutes.
I enjoyed very much the work out and the time on the air. Another highly enjoyed activation
Thank you very much for your calls and QSOs.