Last night I had a short time to participate on the QRP category of the EA National CW contest and I decided to go to the summit of Mt. A Lagoa EA1/CR-034 in order to have a low noise environment and a good high location in front of the Ocean in order to give a boost to my QRP station.
When I arrived to the top of this drive on summit the sun was pretty low and I finished setting up when the sun was right over the horizon line. I'm in the West coast of Spain on holiday these days and dusk happens really late.
Being sunset and on a SOTA summit, I couldn't resist the strong temptation of activating, so I prepared everything and sent a self spot followed by my CQ calls.
The first station responding immediately to my CQ was Phil G4OBK with a very strong signal.
After QSO with Phil I didn't get other chasers calling and I saw on SOTAWATCH that there was a USA activator just 1 Kc down from my frequency, so I QSYed there and found that I could copy Dean K2JB quite well. It took me some time and several calls to be copied by Dean but it finally happened and we completed the S2S QSO
After the S2S with Dean I moved back to my initial frequency and kept CQing. 5 minutes later I was chased by K3TCU, later by W2SE, followed by K5QR.
While I was having one of these QSOs, I felt like something was moving in front of me and I lifted my eyes to discover a wild boar running from right to left in front of me at nearly 5m from me. I finally lost eye contact because it run behind some bushes.
I stared at it while it was crossing in front of me but I didn't move at all and kept working CW on the band.
About 1 or 2 minutes later, the same wild boar reappeared from where it had disappeared before and it crossed back from left to right while staring at me this time. At one point, it stopped its running and turned itself towards me staring steadily.
I was staring at it too while very still. I was only moving my fingers to operate the paddle.
Notice that I made my 2nd QSO with K3TCU and also a QSO with EA2EFI while this was happening.
The wild boar resulted to be a female and she started to produce different grumbles and noises while staying in front of me and staring at me.
Then, I discovered what the female wild boar had gone for when she passed in front of me the first time. There were 4 very young wild boars on the left side not willing to pass in front of me to follow Mum, because (I guess) they were afraid of me.
After some 45 seconds of wild boar Mum's grumbles and noises, the 4 little kids seemed to have gathered enough stregth and courage, as they suddenly started running from left to right in order to join Mum.
As soon as they got together, they run away from me to the right and disappeared from my sight.
It was so beautiful and I enjoyed it so much that I can only say thanks SOTA for making us go out to the mountain tops and sit there quietly, letting us witness such beautiful wild life scenes like this one.
The sun had disappeared below the horizon by that time and there was little light as to take any pictures or make a video. Also, I didn't want to move at all searching for phones or cameras in order to avoid scaring the wild boars and potentially causing any agressive reaction towards me in the young wild boar Mum.
Two more chasers got to the log after this episode and I finally decided to QRT because it was too dark and not having any light with me, I was having difficulties to see what I was writing down on my log. This is the full log:
When I made QRT on SOTA, I changed set-up and prepared everything similarly but with the equipment inside my car for the CNCW (EA National CW contest).
Thank you dear chasers for your calls.
Thank you SOTA for giving me the motivation to go in the mountains at any time of the day or night.