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Lanzarote - Two summits we would not recommend


#1

Yesterday and today we decided to do a couple of summits that at first glance did not show much promise. The main reason for doing them was that I had chased the first and the second was a unique, first to be activated. The reason for the lack of enthusiasm was the less than exciting tracks to the summits and the antenna farms on both of them with the potential of loads of interference.

Yesterday we headed up Atalaya de Femes (EA8/LA-002) with a monotonous trudge up a service road that zig-zagged its way up the south side of the hill. We set up on 17 metres having read that there could be interference on 20 metres; the higher band was noise free thankfully and we did not need to change. A continuous run of calls kept us busy for an hour and a half with 119 QSOs recorded.


The view southwest from Atalaya de Femes (EA8/LA-002) to Playa Blanca showing some of the antennas


The view east from Atalaya de Femes (EA8/LA-002) was less spoilt

Today it was time to activate another unique. Another trudge up a service road although this time there was some more interest with a radar dish (probably for the nearby airport) and a series of wind turbines that were not in use (and have not been whenever we have gone past). We started on 17 metres but it was really difficult due to interference; they could not have got more towers and transmitters on the top. We mainly used just 2.5 W (without the amplifier) on the basis that we would only hear someone who could hear us running QRP. It was quite hard work concentrating and picking out callsigns and reports.

On to 20 metres but it was really unusable with S8 of noise making contacts all but impossible. After three contacts we decided to change to 15 metres which meant an antenna rebuild. 15m was surprisingly good with less interference but lots of heavy QSB making contacts difficult unless the signals were strong.


The view of Monte Mina (EA8/LA-017) from the car parking showing the wind turbines along the ridge (and the dirt road) and the antennas covering the top

The S8 of interference on 20 metres


Carolyn activating Monte Mina (EA8/LA-017) dealing with the noise on 15 metres

So two summits we would not necessarily recommend if you come to Lanzarote unless you want to test your technique with a high noise floor.

Carolyn
EA8/G6WRW


#2

Sorry to hear that Carolyn! I was not a fan of Atalaya de Femes either, uninspiring slog up the service road and then an eyesore when you get up close!

If you want inspiring walking/SOTA activations in the Canaries I would recommend La Palma highly :smile:


#3

Your attempt to put me off has failed miserably Carolyn. Having read your report and looked at the photos, I rather fancy a holiday in Lanzarote and activations of those summits!


#4

The problem we have Tom is there are far too many nice places to visit for a holiday/SOTA! There are many nicer EA8/LA summits.

Those 2 Carolyn mentions are simple to bag as they have access roads as opposed to paths. I dismissed them for the reason I wasn’t traveling all that way only to have an activation spoilt by local QRM, there are plenty of summits in GM/SS I can pick if I want local noise without flying 3100kms

I’d only do them for the SOTA complete and after that they’d be the last on the island I would pick for the unique and the chance of activating all the association. Something you cannot do at present as LA-009 is off-limits.

Of all the remaining Canary Islands, Fuerteventura seems to be crying out for activators with some 37 unactivated sumits. Of course there the summits on the 3 islands to the North of Lanzarote which are a bit more involved, La Graciosa, Isla de Montaña Clara and Isla de Alegranza. The last 2 islands are nature reserves and much like the Ihlas Desertas in CT3, you need to get special permission to land.

I do find something special about activating from smaller islands more so than the mainlands and there are now all those 9A islands in the Adriatic, TK, 9H1, EA6 and CU. For Europeans with deeper pockets/larger wallets there’s KH6, E51, VK, 9V, FR and soon ZL! And I’ve still got to visit Unst in Shetland to see where my ancestors grew up prior to them relocating South in the 1880s. I don’t expect the WX to be as pleasant though :smile:


#5

[quote=“MM0FMF, post:4, topic:12079”]after that they’d be the last on the island[/quote]Even the best destinations seem to have to have their share of “been there, won’t bother next time” places. :wink:


#6

You mean every association has its own version of

:scream: Billinge Hill G/SP-017 :scream:


#7

Any one else hear that silly billy with the 1kw on 14285 when EA8/G6WRW/P was trying to reach the YO/EG-068.

He wanted to work some QRP’s .

Trying listening fella, you may have 1Kw but thinks your a bit DEAF :scream:

Carolyn did get through in end I believe.
Big thanks to the ladies for letting is collect the EA8/LA-027 on La Graciosa Is AF-004
Double whammy for me SOTA and IOTA wise :+1:

Karl


#8

“Carolyn did get through in end I believe.” @M3FEH

Yes she did manage the S2S with Petronel YO8SEP/P on YO/EC-068.
I was later amazed how many countries were outside EU - Spain etc. but then I was never good at geography :wink:
Cheers
Mike


#9

Good good sounds like there having few problems being exposed on the island,
Bare with them folks they are trying under very windy conditions and keep losing the antenna.

Go Go Go ladies

Karl


#10

Hi Mike,
I’m not sure of having understood correctly what you meant by the quoted sentence but, do you really believe Spain is not part of the European Union (EU)?

For everybody’s information, Spain is a member of the UE since January 1st, 1986. So 30 years, almost 31. Spain joined the Euro (€) currency on January 1st, 1999.

There are currently 28 Country members of the European Union:

Only 19 countries out of the 28 European Union members have the Euro as currency. These are:

Best 73 de Guru


#11

Hi Guru

Thank you for the list of countries that should not be calling me when I ask for ** DX outside Europe**.

I was surprised just how many EA stations that thought they were DX for me :smile:

Stations that call out of turn get put into a mental sin-bin for at least 5 minutes

And don’t get me started on stations that say they are QRP who can’t hear me.

Carolyn EA8/G6WRW


#12

Hi Guru, no I was having a joke. I know what countries are within the EU and which are not. Unfortunately calling for outside EU, dx only seems not to be heard sometimes.
Best wishes.
Mike


#13

Well done again :sunglasses: The wind sounded pretty awful today.

Bye the way - you are in the log of the QRP station :wink:

Night night.
Mike


#14

:+1: from me for bagging one of the La Graciosa summits.

Well EA8 and EA9 are outside of Europe :wink:

BTW there is at least one P150 summit in EA9. Best of all there is a ferry from Algeciras in EA7 to Ceuta and it’s possible to get the early ferry, wander up and activate the summit, wander down and get the ferry back to Algeciras in time for tea.

Who wants to be EA9 AM?


#15

Just getting ready to go out for food… pictures to follow of LA-027

Carolyn


#16

OK, MIke.
It was so weird to me reading such statement from you that, as I wrote, I was in doubt that I had understood your point correctly. Indeed I didn’t pick up your irony.
It’s because I wasn’t aware of the problem during Carolyn’s activation…
Now I fully understand.
Sorry Carolyn to hear that. It’s horrible how undisciplined many EA’s are. That’s the main reason why I don’t usually activate on 40m.
I saw a spot of you, Carolyn, on 21MHz while I was activating Mt Mendurro yesterday and I QSYed there, but unfortunately I couldn’t copy anything so I got back to where I was 12 or 10m ( I don’t remember now)
Best 73 de Guru


#17

EA8 and EA9 are outside of the European continent, they are in the African continent, but they are inside the European Union because they are part of the territory of a European Union member: Spain.

I know you know it and you were joking, but I want to make it clear to everybody because it may not be fully clear to so many people arond the world reading this thread. Just in case…

Best 73 de Guru


#18

Indeed one P150 summit in EA9: “Monte del Hacho”