In the end I bought the 6m compact travel pole from Decathalon which was €15.99 together with a hat, neck roll, compact compass, new shoes, 1L water bottle and fold up rucksack (yes, I did go shopping on my own!) Buying the compact pole is a long-shot - it will fit in my carry on luggage but whether I get it through security is another matter!
I also bought some plastic tent pegs to replace the aluminium ones which were confiscated in security (for the first time following may trips previously!) which may prove difficult to get into the ground - I may have to resort to loading the ends with rocks. I tried the pole today - on the dam for Embalse de Canales - and did get a couple of contacts on 20m and with the antenna at only around 4m I think was operating NVIS - I could only hear EA stations. Don’t think 20m is in great shape at the moment, there was very deep QSB.
The plan for activations is initially to tackle EA7/GR-088, Alto de los Jarales early tomorrow morning. This is the closest SOTA summit to me, a 6 point hill but only a short ascent of around 250m vertical from a parking spot on the mountain road. It has yet to be activated. I will try 20m, 40m & 80m - not sure about 80m activity in Spain however.
Later in the week I am also planning on activating the ski summit of EA7/GR-002 Veleta via gondola and chair lift. I am also considering EA7/GR-051, Calar - this is also a close summit but will be more of a trek in - probably around 1h 30 mins from the closest road. I need to make sure I am comfortable with the first activation.
Hope to speak to folk on the air tomorrow morning around 09:00 UTC.