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A castle activation ! CT/AA-002


On the 10th Oct late PM, I activated the SOTA ref CT/AA-002, Marvão, Portugal.

This is on of a kind summit here, because it’s inside the castle of Marvão.

We arrived very late (+/- 4 PM) in the middle of the mist. A dense fog and light rain prevented us to saw the village (Marvão) from the distance.

The car park is at the entrance of this very old medieval village (+ 800 years old) and one should climb (750 m) all the way to the castle walls. A very nice walk between beautiful streets and white houses. All the village is awsome even when the wx dosen’t help… .(
Some nice restaurants with a magnificent view “helped” us in the return…:meat_on_bone:

The castle is a monument and I though that a fee will apply but the guys in the entrance just wave to walk in…

Erect the fishing pole was a piece-of-cake and soon I was in the air, all the equipement safe on one of the sentry-boxes.
The rite in the rain notebook was a good asset…

Some 40m contacts, one on 30m and then 20m, all CW
After a QSO with Pascal, PA1BR, who spoted for me, a pile-up started. TNX Pascal!
Unfortunatly, a few minutes after, the XYL appeared to remind me that the castle was about to close…
So, regrettably, I broadcasted a QRT…
I’m sorry for all the folks that are waiting on the pile-up but I don’t wanted to pass the night in a misty castle…
It’s possible to be in AZ outside the castle but was to dangerous to get there! And the night is falling. :frowning:

BTW: All the my SMS to spot failed again! Something to look after.

I didn’t established any QSO in the 2 m band (CW, SSB and FM). Again, a very remote part of the country?

Due to dense fog and light rain the number of explanations why I had a fish pole in a castle and what I’m doing was reduced to a bare minimum…Sometimes some bad things turn out to be a blessing!.. :slight_smile:

Thanks to all the SOTA chasers.

Vy 73
Pedro, CT1DBS

Entry point to the summit…

Operating position 1

Operating position 2 - When rains increased…

Keeping the equipement away from the rain…

The landscape from operating position - Aghhhhhh!


Lovely photos despite the gloom and mist. Castles are one thing that do not exist in Australia so all I can do is look at pictures and dream.

On a day like that the restaurants on the way back would be most welcoming.



Hi Nick

You are always welcomed to my country and their numberous castles!




Actually not true! You can activate VK3/VC-019 (Mt Warrenheip) and then duck down and visit Kryal Castle!

(and I can hear the Victorian’s cringing as I post this… :smile: )


If exist castles as Kyral castle on those medieval days, the war would be a soft activity…
And there wouldn’t exist castles (true ones) as a sota summit! :disappointed_relieved:

An amusement park in a castle is like to have ssb on 30m…Something that exist only down under… :smiley: