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