I chose for today a 2 pointer that I had never activated before, but I had chased 3 times, so this new unique would give me a complete.
It’s located to the North-East of Pamplona and the fastest route selected by my Tomtom made a total of 34Km from my QTH in Pamplona to the very small village of Leyún.
This was my parking spot:
The ascent started right to the left after having passed the church of the village:
The GPS track I followed and the elevation profile can be seen here:
Since the begining, the track goes through forest with oak trees and many other trees I can’t unfortunately name:
The path was not this wide all the time and narrowed further, but it was very easy to follow all the time:
However, I had to crawl in a couple of spots:
At some points, the track got out of the forest and offered views like this, where some of the higher Pyrenees mountains can be seen with some snow but not much.
And this panoramic I made by connecting 3 pictures together for you to see it the same way I did:
A narrower path kept going upwards:
And a new spot offered views towards the city of Pamplona:
Finally, after some really steep sections, I reached to the summit 1 hour and 22 minutes after the start.
I arrived later than my alerted start time, so I editted my alert and changed the start time from 11:00 to 12:15, after which I setup like this:
See following how I attached the 7m long fishing rod to the tree:
The antenna was a 10m long endfed sloper to a 9:1 unun from which a 5m long counterpoise wire was extended over the bushes towards the North-Northwest.
The rig was my usual FT-817ND at 5W always helped by my MFJ-941B antenna tuner.
This is the view I had from my operating spot, with Mt. Adi EA2/NV-017 in the centre:
Mt. Adi is the first SOTA I activated back in November 2013.
In this other picture of the same view, the elevated counterpoise wire can be seen
The activation went like this:
40m CW: 22 QSOs, 1 of which S2S in 20 minutes.
30m CW: 22 QSOs, 2 of which S2S in 20 minutes.
20m CW: 20 QSOs, 1 of which S2S, 1 DX Canada and 1 DX USA.
15m CW: 1 QSO
20m SSB: 1 S2S
15m CW: 1 S2S with Brazil. My very first one!
20m SSB: 1 S2S
40m SSB: 1 S2S
20m SSB: 17 QSOs, 1 og which S2S in 15 minutes.
The first QSO was logged at 12h17z and the last one at 14h29z. At this point I made QRT because I was starting to feel a bit cold and I didn’t want to descend in the dark.
In summary, I logged 86 QSOs, 9 of which S2S, 1 dx Canada, 1 dx USA and 1 dx S2S with Brazil. And also Malta and Canary Islands.
This is the full log:
You can see it on the following map:
Descent took me 50 minutes and I can tell you that it was a very enjoyable time in the mountain.
Thanks dear chasers, for your calls and QSOs. I’ll be looking forward to copying you all again soon from a SOTA.