F/AB-297 Mont Vorassay activation

Mont Vorassay 2299 m is fairly easy walk from Le Crozat 1420 m. Le Crozat has a parking place and camping area. The route goes close to the Glacier de Bionnassay. The Mont Blanc and the Mont Blanc du Tacul where the eight alpinist are now resting in peace are not far away from this route. The weather is nice and I reach the summit at 11:00. Unfortunately APRS did not work this time - probably I made too many changes to the system or the network was down (I hope not due to the rescue operation).

I got quickly reply from DL6KVA on 10118 kHz. Thanks for spotting. CW with ATS3B is not so easy and needs some acrobacy. I do sometimes slip on the grass and can suddenly drop the radio. And sometimes the FET amplifier overcurrent protection trips. 0956 UTC I find HB9IAB/P on 7031 kHz activating HB/NE-002. After two more QSOs on 40 m and no other takers I am free to try the PSK31 on 7036 kHz. A few CQs but no reply. I reply to AO3EOM a special call station from Tarragona. Second very brief digi QSO with IW6ASD. Finally I decide to skip the 20 m - I will need to get back to home due to coming night shift.

Photos: f5vgl | Flickr

Map: IGN 3531ET

Radio: ATS3B 3.5 W, T1 ATU, loop 2 x 12 m

Digi: iPAQ114, ATS3B clipper circuit

In reply to F5VGL:
Congratulations Jaakko,

Sri abt APRS

73 Alain F6ENO

In reply to F5VGL:
Nice photos.
What route did you take to the summit, from Col de Tricot ?.
73 Nigel. G6SFP.

In reply to G6SFP:

Hi Nigel,

Le Crozat, Chalet de l’Are, Chalet de Tricot till Col de Tricot and from there to Mont Vorassay. There were a lot of people picknicing at Col de Tricot and I was probably the only one to climb up to Mont Vorassay.

73, Jaakko OH7BF/F5VGL