I had a week of vacation to use and hadn’t seen my sister for a little over 2years so it was time for a trip to the Nîmes area, where she has lived for the last 37 years. Normally the WX is nice this time of year but it was uncommonly hot peaking at 35C one day, 30 the next. The rest were a pleasant 25-28C. It was 8C back in Scotland one day so I was pleased to be 1500km South!
There are a zillion and half summits in France, plenty to activate for the 1st time. But I didn’t want to spend the whole time SOTAing and only had some lightweight walking gear so I picked simple and easy summits. And you soon learn climbing 300m in 28C heat is just as tiring as climbing 900m in 4C cold!
Mont St. Clair F/PE-392
Just above the harbour town of Sète. The A9 motorway has been moved, extended along with the TGV line to Spain. It caused the GPS in my hire car to have a major fit so don’t worry if this happens to you. Plenty of parking at the summit, an easy drive on. Diabolically hot and sunny so I applied lots of suncreme and displayed my fine white British legs to scare the local! Activated on 20/30m CW using vertical and 817.
View of the bay.
Large cross for the church on the summit. Someone has turned the blue on the sky up to 11.
The local QRM source with my antenna. About S1-2 noise on 20m but not an issue with the 500Hz filter in.
Easy activation though my phone wouldn’t play for a while.
Roc d’Anduze F/PE-322
This about 12km up the coast and was trivial to find as my car came with a belting GPS for nothing extra. There is an old monastery here with a nice shaded car park. Just as well as it was 33C when I parked About 20-25mins on the tracks to the summit. Though the high ground doesn’t agree with the summit position but it’s obvious where the top is. Same equipment as Mont St Claire. Same rubbishy RF conditions.
Big marker at the summit.
Antenna in the shade, got to keep out of that sun.
A local keeping out of the sun back at the monastery.
L’Abbaye de St. Felix de Mont Ceau dating back to 1104.