Today Alfonso EA4R and I, Rick EA4M were activating my first SOTA reference in some modes and bands
HF : 20 CW and SSB, 30 CW and 40 CW and SSB
Satellites : CAS4-B SO-50 and RS-44 and tried to work some local guys in FM but no luck.
The place is located in Castilla La Mancha community in the countryside in the middle of nowhere , high temperatures and without trees to scape from the sun. We spend about 30 minutes to reach the summit, it is not very high , only 2 points, but we have to scale some scattered surfaces to get to the top of the mountain ( the backpack weight was 8 kg). Once there Alf started to build up the HF antenna and I started to build the Arrow for satellites. We worked in full duplex with two x FT-817 for satellites and another FT-817 for HF.
It was very funny and we enjoied a lot but around 9 UTC the temperature was unbearable and decided to dismount everything and go to the car and enjoy the air conditioning!!!
Our first QSO was on CAS-4B satellite with HB0TR in SSB very loud and clear that bird is amazing!!! The first CW QSO in HF was IK2LEY on 20 meters,
We had a very special QSO in SAT mode with EA2LU Geo, that was very special for me and I appreciate it very much!
Finished our operation in 20 CW with YO2BP in 20 meters and OH5LK in SAT mode in CW on RS-44.
Thanks to SP9MA/P for my first S2S QSO, I’ll never forget!!!
I attach some pictures of our radio day at the summit, thank all of you for your QSO’s and I hope that this activation will be the first of much more to come!!!
Handling CW pileup!
73’s de Rick EA4M and Alf EA4R