No success today, not a single QSO!
I gave up at around 17.15 UTC when clouds came in and visibility was down to zero. I also had problems on 20m, where my dipole would not tune to perfect SWR. This is propably because the antenna was strung between rock boulders and was on average not more than 3m above ground. 30m and 40m tuned fine but where mostly dead as a dummy load. I heared some ragchewers on 7.029 but their QSO would not come to an end while I was up there.
While I was operating it was at least not raining, but mostly in clouds. It was a very quiet day on Whiteface Mtn with never more than 3 or 4 people on the summit plateau at a time. This is quite different from what I have seen on picture postcards.
If I would come back I would bring a telescoping mast for my dipole. The 4m fishing rod simply was not long enough. A vertical might also be a good alternative. Generally the plateau is bare granite. I did not dare to use the little vegetation there is for fixing strings or mast to it. There are several signs advising to stay on the hard granite and not to cause any harm to the sensible alpine vegetation.
While not a success for SOTA I still had a nice mountain tour. I took the road to the final parking lot and then the nature trail to the summit. I later saw that there is an alternative trail starting in Wilmington almost at the base of Whiteface mountain. The hiking time for this trail is given as 2 hours. Still rather short for a 10-pointer!
I am already in Vermont now and will be in the Green Mountains tomorrow. We will continue later to Mount Washington in NH, all of them not cataloged for SOTA. Therefore there wil be no further SOTA activations on this trip.
Thanks to all stations listening and attempting to work me!
73, Heinz, W1/OE5EEP