I’m heading off to Ibiza on Sunday morning for one week.
The island has 11 summits of which three have been previously activated, two by Inaki EA2GKK, and one by Ernest EA1LQ. Next week is seen to be the last week of the Ibiza tourist season when many flights from the UK cease, so I hope to get some warm autumn sun into my bones before battening down the hatches for winter.
EA2GKK and EA1LQ have made 108 QSOs in total from Ibiza using the 40m and 20m bands.
Without the SOTA database I cannot be sure, but I believe no CW contacts have ever been made from a SOTA summit from EA6/IB iza. The nearby Island of Formentera EA6/FO (reachable by ferry) contains just one summit and that is also not yet activated. I don’t plan to do a side trip there as this is a holiday and not a full blown SOTA Tour - unlike my recent tour in the Czech Republic. But I hope to visit several summits between Sunday 18th and Saturday 24th October.
I will be using lightweight QRP kit - notably an FT-817 at 5 watts with a link dipole on a 5m pole for the 30m, 20m and (if I have time) 17m bands. The main emphasis will be to make as many QSOs as possible on CW and SSB in the shortest time available as I will have a non radio ham companion with me. The operating method I used in OK worked well and I will do the same on this trip:
Start on CW 10118 ± QRM
QSY to 14062 ± QRM
QSY to 14285 ± QRM
If I have time and good weather I will finish on 18082 / 18135 ± QRM.
If you want a QSO please keep a watch on the SOTA Alerts page. I will either alert the night before or on the morning of the activation day. If I have coverage I will self spot. If I cannot self spot the RBN or G4SSH will usually find and spot me calling CQ on CW around 10118. SSB only operators please note - as soon as I shut down on 20m CW I will ALWAYS QSY to 14285 ± QRM and call CQ there. In the past without the ability to self spot I have failed to make any QSOs on 20m SSB.
If I can self spot though I usually make a good handful of phone contacts before I close down.
73 Phil G4OBK