Through my participation with AR Newsline, we received the following from Beppe and Riccardo and they asked we post it to the reflector. The story will be in next weeks ARNewsline broadcast.
Sunday we had an hard and cold day on Etna. As team leader I choosed to support ( also physically supporting the antenna-pole , HI ) my younger friends IZ1DNQ and IZ1GDB. I can’t use VHF SSB as usual , so I don’t have used my call, neither the club call IQ1TO . Bad weather and the rules of Park of Etna allowed a short Time for activation . They had only few QSO on 40 & 20 m with an HyEnd Fed antenna : in bad condition, not on the top, but 20 m down the SW border of crater, between rocks, for wind protection, so they had low signal with italians and few european (i.e. EA2DT , OK2PDT ). As soon as possible the complete report with photo , video and GPS track, but I will send all to the Italian Manager for confirmation.
I hope to return to Etna in better & warmer condition ( sunday night new snow on the top ! ) for my personal activation and for other chaser’s satisfaction.
73 by Beppe I1WKN