All set and ready to go for my first activation (ON/ON-008, Kemmelberg) on this sunny sunday afternoon.
After taking a few pictures from a french war memorial and cemetary and also from the radio tower (which I will post later on flikr) I was ready for my first SOTA activation!
I set up “camp” next to the big french memorial on top of the Kemmelberg. Plenty of space and nobody there. My slinky folded into inverted V and Icom 703 all powered up I started calling CQ. Managed to have a QSO with a GX on Isle of Wight and a DL station on an island. Looked around for SOTA people on 40 but didn’t find anyone in SSB. D*mn why did I forget my phone at home? Now I could not spot myself :).
But this wasn’t the real reason for my withdrawl. All of a sudden the place was packed with people, lots of people, too many people. Cyclers, walkers, motorbikes and cars, lots of cars all wanting to climb this hill.
What annoyed me most was the fact that people wanted to know what I was doing there, interested, but also reactions like “are you sure you are allowed to do this here”… Looking at my wife grinning behind the book she brought to read in peace, I gave up
I packed up and went home. Next time I will be going during the week or be searching for a quiet spot but that will be difficult on a sunny sunday. And I’ll make sure of being spotted on SOTAwatch
Sorry for the alert of an activation that never came.