In reply to G3CWI:
I wouldn’t worry. Inform as many officials that you can lay your hands on in advance and when you get there. Be completely open and tell them what your intentions are. I activated Mt. Ataviros which is the highest mountain on Rhodes and getting on for the same height as Ben Nevis in 1995 without the slightest trouble. One QSO was with Cyprus using 2W. There’s a good path all the way up from the village of Agios Isidoros which is to the south of the summit. It took me 2hrs-10 min up and 1hr-50 min down. I went slowly - terrified of the heat and carried 1.1 gallons of water - just in case! I think it’s 14km total up+down. I understand that it’s scrammbly from Ebonas at the north but didn’t try it.
Granted, it’s a long time ago and I only had 2m FM with me up there. I operated close to the ruined concrete building with broken aerials on it but I wasn’t questioned or challenged.
There’s a good radio club in Rhodes town which I was invited to and visited on club night and they were very kind - offering to loan me equipment. I also visited the shack of Vasilis SV5TS not far from the airport and he let my son and I operate his big station. We both had many many /mobile HF QSO’s and HF activity from the hotel balcony at Tholos.
The ‘carrier activated’ repeater then was SV5A on R2 - 145.650 MHz (minus 600kHz input like ours) in Rhodes town and I think on or near Mt Smith. Its equipment was inside the radio club building and it covers the northern tip. Some of the locals I met and / or worked were: SV5DDS, SV5FD and SV5BYP. I’m sure that if you made contact with the club they would be willing to help if there were any ‘difficulties.’
CEPT is was a great invention but in some ways I felt more confortable in the days when you had to apply for a reciprocal licence signed by the local officials. It perhaps counted for more in that it featured the signature of the island governor or similar.
I can recommend a nice beach at Monolithos and there was a big VOA short-wave station at Afantou which may have closed now. Rhodes was the best place I have ever been for friendliness of local amateurs but now of course a minority of young Brits may have ruined it for everybody?
These incidents are a bit like lightning strikes. The DXer got into bother so statistically you should now be safe for 10 years or more. Go for it and take HF or you’ll regret it!
All the best, John G4YSS.