F/AB-321 Pointe d'entre Deux Pertuis

Wake up 4:30 and arrive at Lac de Montriond 7:30. I estimated four hours for the 1170 m of climbing. The foot path in the forest is covered by leafs and sometimes difficult to find. Arrival to the summit at noon. The weather forecast promised sun shine, but the sky is covered with clouds. Wind becomes stronger and carries some snow flakes. I try to make a fast activation.

1148 UTC call CQ on 10118 kHz. I decide to stay there for ten minutes to let the chasers find me. At 1158 UTC I am ready to go to 40 m, but G4ELZ finally replies. Thanks for spotting. I manage to press the key paddles though my fingers are freezing. After a few QSOs the pen stops writing and I need to tell the chasers to wait so that I can get a new one. The snow fall has become more intense and the summit is being covered by a cloud making the visibility bad. So I decide to skip the other frequencies and modes and I pack everything into my rucksack. I arrive to the car 16:50 as planned. The local sun set time is 17:10.

APRS: http://aprs.fi/?call=F5VGL-7
(note strange altitude reports, too low battery?)

Radio: ATS3B, 8 x AA alcaline cells (nw abt 2 W on 30 m), T1 ATU, loop 6 x 10 m

Photos: f5vgl | Flickr

Map: IGN 3528ET

In reply to F5VGL:

Hi Jaakko

(note strange altitude reports, too low battery?)

It’s funny on Google Earth … ! what a jump !

Could’nt hear you on 10 MHz. May be next time.

73 Alain F6ENO

In reply to F6ENO:

Hi Alain,

I was going to ask you about the etymology of ‘pertuis’, but found already one answer from

73, Jaakko OH7BF/F5VGL

In reply to F5VGL:

Is suppose you find that pertuis is a ‘hole’ or a ‘cavern’;
it is also a strait like in “pertuis d’Antioche” the strait between
Isle of Re and La Rochelle.

The meaning of these old words can vary according the region…


In reply to F5VGL:

Photos: f5vgl | Flickr

Map: IGN 3528ET

Stunning pictures! I really feel the need and desire to get out and active an SM summit, but there is no time left for me to do that before march-april next year…