My expedition to SM/DA-041 yesterday ended in a somewhat surprising way. Weather was looking good initially (plus 30 and sun shining) but when I reached the summit I could hear QRN5+, obviously thunder coming my way. You shouldn’t operate a radio in a thunderstorm but at least four QSO´s had to be made - a man’s got to do, what a man’s got to do! I barely managed to work the stipulated amount of contacts and had real problems hearing the opposite stations in the noise. Then I packed everything up and headed for the car (1.5 km´s away). In retrospect I should have stayed in the small cabin on the mountain top, because about four hundred metres downhill I was attacked first by heavy rain, then by ice balls the size of regular ice cubes, and on top of that even heavier rain. I managed to take cover under a tree during the ice ball attack, and I also covered my head with my arms, but it did hurt for sure I have read about hail the size of this (and bigger) but never seen it myself - it sure was an interesting experience.
As seeing is believing, proof is available on my Flickr page:
73 Anders SM0HPL