For 37 years I visit Mallorca and went up the Talaia d’Alcúdia, EA6/MA-040 many times but last year I took Hamradio gear up for the first time. This was quite a disappointment. Using an antenna that didn’t performed that good on a mountaintop with only 5 Watts and a small battery last year, I choose a slight different setup this year.
First of all my battery has now 7 Ah instead of 3.2 or so. This caused me also the first time being announced at the airport
Need to get to the security desk of Eindhoven Airport. After I unpacked my bag and get out the battery, we discussed this as Lithium cells are not aloud to take with you on board above a certain capacity level. As I used a Lead (Pb) battery with plastic covers on the terminals, all went well and after 5 minutes I could get back to my coffee
Second; I will use a wire antenna and a tuner instead of the HF-MP1 vertical portable antenna.
With these two new things and my brother in law who will do the catering (pans con queso y jamon y una cerveca) and help me a bit with setting up the gear this will be a more successful trip to the summit then last year.
Planning on going on SOTA day, September 9th @ 9.00 UTC so I hope to be heard trough all the other SOTA stations.
I will probably operate on 7Mhz and 14MHz SSB. Setup will be a Yaesu FT-817 and a tuner in combination with an wire antenna.
Hope you all to work me and I will also post a brief report after the activation. Now going to enjoy the nice temperatures here and get back to the poolside