Hello everybody, today I decided to go for my first SOTA activation.
The destination summit was not fare from my home QTH, NL-046 Gullstadfjellet (174 masl)
The WX was great and not to much wind.
Packed up my rug sac with the Icom IC-703, a 10 meter long telescopic fibreglass mast and a end fed dipole, 4 parallel connected 10 amp/hour LiFePO4 battery cells, each 3.3V plus a JVC GZ-MG575E videocamera.
The trip up took me about 1 hour, including back walking for filming.
Before leaving the house I went on the SOTA cluster for report my planed activation.
I was a few minutes late for the planed start time.
The first station in the log was DG6SA with good signal report at 18.11 o’clock, I was glad the antenna was working well.
I made contacts during about 45 minutes then the battery was down to about 10.5 volt and the radio started to miss current.
I was a little discontented about the capacity of this expensive battery pack, tough it should hold longer, but I was transmitting with 10watt all the activation so it’s probably OK.
I made 29 contacts into; DL, HA, G, SP, S5, F, ON, HB9, UR, UA3, EA, I, OE. not bad to be my first SOTA activation.
Tanks to all stations who signed in.
Coming back later with a Youtube link when the film is ready.
Best 73’s from
Donna Island (EU-062)