I spent part of my holidays this year in Girona, by the Mediterranean sea, and looked for a SOTA summit near our rental apartment. I choose mt. Puig de les Cadiretes EA3/GI-037, as this one would be a complete summit for me.
Activation date: July 12th 2021
The nearest road to approach to the start of the trail is GIP-6821. This road runs between Llagostera and Tossa de Mar, and you can park at a high point in the kilometer number 9, where there is a panel with information.
As you see, a wide sand path at the parking place is the start of the route that later leads to a small path, passing by a forest all the time. All these trees provide a nice shade and it’s helpful to follow the way up in summer time.
- Track length:2,2 km
- Summit elevation: 513 m
- Height gain: about 55 m (straight, not cummulative).
This is the profile, going up and down:
I arrived in the summit without difficulties, following my GPS track. I usually check how a new summit looks like by looking at pictures that help me to plan how I will deploy my antenna, but this time I prepared the hike without looking at Internet.
To my surprise I found the very summit is a geodetic vertex that is a tip over a dense forest around it:
You need to scramble a bit with precaution to get to the very summit and this is the view then:
In front of the trig point there is an elevated fire observation tower and from there you can see the summit is well covered by trees. The view from the observation tower is this:
How could I extend my End Fed antenna today having a short fishpole at hand and no flat surface next the trig point?
With such a situation, I decided not to put my multiband trapped end fed wire (14 meters long) at the basement , surrounded by all these fresh trees that would absorb my radiation and produce a reduced signal out.
Instead, I climbed and put the fishpole near the top part, but not at the very top to avoid disturbing any mountaineer that could visit the summit and had a trouble with my antenna.
Notice the mountain mailbox next the pole:
It took me some time to install the pole and the antenna doing some sort of inverted L, passing by some branches, with a long section of wire going down vertical where I could operate.
See how the wire hangs down from top, and notice my “shack” at the basement:
Here my compact preconnected light gear:
I used my LNR MTR-3B and 3x18650 LiIon batt, running on 7-10-14 MHz, all CW, for about 1h 30 mins.
Contrary to what I expected I logged 59 qso, including S2S with HB9DST, HB9AFI, DL4FDM, F6GLZ, OE/DL2HWI, HB9BCB and HB9CBR (the Swiss army is always up there!!)
Archeology tip of the day
After the activation I decided to take a short deviation on my way back to pay a visit to a megalithic tomb.
This one is called “Pedra sobre altra” (stone over another one), and is not a regular dolmen built by humans. It seem nature was in charge of forming a high column with these stones (8 meters high) and man used it as a cave and for burial.
The excavation of the chamber revealed the presence of some small container and flint knife, along the corridor, dated in the Neolithic – Calcolithic ages (2500/1800 B.C.).
It was a nice visit and activation in a forest very different to what I find in my QTH back in EA2/NV land.
Thanks all for the qso and 73 de Ignacio