I had alerted a new activation for Sunday March 25th in the frame of the TEP WW SOTA WEEK, but I deleted my alert because WX was a bit rainy and we made plans for lunch in family at a local restaurant.
When we got back home after our family lunch I saw there was still a good chance for me to go out and activate, given that we had just changed time one hour ahead the night before and thus we would still have one extra hour of daylight.
So I changed clothing, grabbed my SOTA kit raised my previously deleted alert, and headed for Mt. Iriberri EA2/NV-116.
This summit can be almost reached by car after some driving on a mountain dirt road used to service the several windpower generators there.
The bad side is the big QRM this windpower generators produce, particularly on 20 and 30m.
I started CQing on 10m CW, as I’ve done all these previous days and Jorge EA2LU chased me first. He spotted me and after some minutes CQing with no responses at all, Jorge showed up back to tell me that the band was totally closed, as none of my CQ had been received by any of the RBN skimmers. So I decided not to waste any more time and QSYed to 17m, where Jorge spotted me again.
After a few CQ calls with no response I QSYed to 40m to try to QSO with some EA friends looking for me.
There I got chased by Ignacio EA2BD and 6 more EU stations. At that point, it started to rain and I announced QRT, but it was a short little rain shower and soon stopped, so I decided to return.
I returned to 17m and after a spot sent by Ignaco EA2BD, I got a call from an EA1 station in Logroño, just about 60-70Km to the West of me. No more calls on 17m and I returned to 40m CW, where I was chased by 6 more stations from EU.
After 40m, I QSYed back to 17m and scanned the band searching for any potential TEP contact and I found 7Q7EI from Malawi, working SSB in split listening 5Kc up. I prepared my FT-817 for the split operation and gave him my call at everytime he was listening 5 up.
I couldn’t copy the callers from Europe, but you can easily guess there were many, many stations calling him. Of course, I was unable to make my tiny 5 watts signal copied.
Later I tried to make QSO with a 4X station on that same band and mode (17m SSB), but he was not able to pull my callsign out from the noise floor he had.
Before leaving, despite the S8 permanent QRM I was having on 20 and 30m from the windpower generators, I decided to selfspot and call CQ on 20m. Jean VE2JCW called me with very strong signal and he was the only one I was able to copy. I don’t know if there were any other stations calling me but the S8 permanent QRM didn’t let me copy anybody else.
After some more CQ calls with no responses copied, I decided to call it a day and went QRT.
Here you can see my setup today. I attached my fishing rod to this tower.
Here you can see how close the windpower generators are. This one to the North is not the only close one, there were others pretty close to the West.
And this is the log:
Thanks very much for your calls, spots and QSOs.