I returned home last Thursday evening after my visit to all ten of the CT / ES tramadura summits in three days. I enjoyed perfect dry weather for the tour with the temperature reaching 17c on my last day with full sunshine for most of the day.
I average 21.6 QSOs per summit with a total of 216 contacts using QRP power of 5 watts output on the 30m and 20m and 2m bands.
Day One 3 summits: 73 Contacts (47 CW - 26 SSB)
Day Two: 4 summits: 76 Contacts (36 CW - 39 SSB - 1 FM) (Plus David CT1DRB = 47 CW)
Day Three 3 summits: 67 Contacts (47 CW - 26 SSB)
Gear: Yaesu FT-817 - 3 amp external battery - Link dipole for 10/20/30m on 5m travel pole (RG-58 fed with no balun)
Hopefully someone will activate CT/ES-003 for me as a Chaser soon to give me the full set of CT/ES for SOTA Complete.
Here are a few pictures from my tour, more in my blog in due course. Several routes used have been uploaded into the SOTA Mapping Project.
Planning is now underway for the next overseas SOTA tour in April with GI4ONL, G4OOE, G3TQQ and M0HQO..
Day One - CT/ES-010 Monte Serves - 5m support pole dwarfed by the trig point
Day One: CT/ES-002 Serra de Sintra - Castle in Royal Park seen from the summit
Day Two: Part of the interesting landscape seen from CT/ES-007 Serra de Socorro - terraced housing in the countryside
Day Two: CT/ES-001 Serra de Montejunto (activated on Day One - seen from CT/ES-007 Serra do Socorro)
Day Two: My companion on three summits David CT1DRB on CT/ES-006 Monte de Santa Eulalia
Day Two: Simple station set up on tower viewpoint on CT/ES-005 Monte do Alqueidao
Day Two: Elevated antenna on the viewing platform on CT/ES-005 Monte do Alqueidao
Crumbling trig point on CT/ES-003 Serra da Arrabida. A challenging summit when climbed from the north.
Pidgin English Google Translate of the permit obtained for me by David CT1DRB to allow me access to the summit of CT/ES-003 Serra da Arrabida. Proving once again that CB radio is more likely to heard of by the layman than Amateur radio...
Job done - Selfie picture on final summit of ten CT/ES-009 Serra de Sao Luis