There are 6504 summits on the Norwegian mainland (excluding Svalbard, Jan Mayen and Bouvet Island). Many of these summits have not yet been activated for the first time. I activated four summits for the first time in two days.
Must take cover from the wind at Einunnfjellet
When the sign with the name of the mountain has blown apart, I realise that the weather at the top is harsh. A reindeer has shed its antlers, both male and female reindeer have antlers (shed annually).
I don’t know if this is common in other countries, but in Norway it is common for the local sports club or hiking association to set up a box on the cairn. In the box there is a notebook to write your name and there is often a prize for the person who has been to the top the most times during the year - and yes, this is now increasingly being taken over by mobile phone apps. Here I have attached the mast to such a box.
I had to seek shelter from the rain. On this top I got a fun S2S to EA6 with my good friend LB8CG, I would guess that he was both warmer and drier than me!
It’s hard on the equipment in heavy rain, I just confirm that my HT is not waterproof! Aprs works, but I can’t see the display.
Normally I will never get hold of anyone on the direct frequency of 145 MHz because there are few amateurs and a lot of mountains. I bring a handset because I use APRS and because I can get help if needed. There is an established interconnected simulcast system of 20-30 amateur radio repeaters (“Innlandsnettet” Map ) covering more than 52 000km²(!!!). I (Europe’s largest coverage on one repeater network???) I do not use InReach or similar, but very often I will have coverage via the simulcast network, when I do not have mobile coverage. It is my emergency solution should I need help.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Management Team and Association Managers for a brilliant programme.
I would also like to thank the chasers and my activator colleagues, who have a great deal of patience with me every time I struggle with numbers and letters in the call signs due to dyslexia. I really appreciate every short conversation with each of you