Today I have contributed to the success of the EA2 SOTA day events by activating Mt. San Cristobal again.
I started hiking about 10 minutes behind schedule because I went to bed at 3AM (local) due to a dinner with work colleagues yesterday and I didn’t hear the alarm I had set for 8AM (local) this morning. Thanks to some men coming home to do some works who rang the house door bell and woke me up at 10AM (local).
While driving to the start point, I had the pleasure to chase Alberto, activating our 10 pointer Mt. Ori - EA2/NV-003, and also Adrian, activating Mt. Etxauri - EA2/NV-070.
The hike was a bit hard due to the sun and high temperature, plus the consecuences of last night dinner with wine, the late sleep and not having drank enough water at breakfast. However, I managed to get to the summit in slightly less than 35 minutes. Not too bad…
When I set-up and I was almost ready to start CQing, I unexpectedly noticed a high SWR which didn’t seem to get reduced by playing with my MFJ AT.
The RG-213 coax cable had been accidentally bent more than 90 degrees in a very small radius during the rushed antenna installation, so I feared something might have broken, but I double checked everything and whatever it was going wrong, seemed to get solved, as I now quickly managed to tune my MFJ antenna tuner for 1:1 SWR.
Then I sent a selfspot by using the new SPOTmySOTA App recently put in place by Iñigo EA2CQ but, for some reason, it didn’t produce a spot on SOTAWATCH, so I finally decided to raise the spot directly from the Sotawatch page.
With all these unexpected problems, I got a bit late on the air. It was 10h04 (utc) when I started CQing instead of the alerted 09h45 (utc) and the first QSO was quickly logged followed by many others.
I was only 14 minutes on air but managed to log 20 QSOs, three of which were S2S and 1 was a DX with Matt KA1R.
This is the activator log:
And this is the chaser log:
Again, thank you very much for your calls and I’ll be looking forward to contact with you all again soon.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the EA2 SOTA day = SOTA eguna.
Best 73 de Guru