Nice activation on August 19 of I/TN-089 Col Rodela Dolomiti.
I was operative on 20 meters and 2 meters (SSB/FM):
- 2x Lipo 2200 mAh
- Clone of Elk log periodic (Wimo)
- MFJ 1979 5 meters telescopic Stylus with wire counterpoise
- Home made tripod
During the activation I did the “Sicilia Field Day 2 meters contest” with only six QSO but with a qrb of 350 km.
Then I switched to SOTA with nice 20 qso in 20 meters
I tried also some calls on 145.500 FM without a great success, only two qso, one with out big gun IN3ADF Markus
Col Rodela is non a good choice for VHF and up, but also all the inner Dolomiti mountains are difficult to activate in vhf.
Some summits have a really high altitude, but they are too far from lowlands where there are situated most of chasers. So go for HF in dolomiti!!
The summit of Col Rodela is occupied by a restaurant and I had to find a position a few meters below the summit. The zone is a touristic attraction so expect a lot of people around. I had fear form my stylus and counterpoise.
73 de in3aqk
Below some nice shots!
In the background, at the end of the valley the Sciliar and Alpe di Siusi
Sasso Lungo and Sasso Piatto
WIMO ELK Clone and Home made tripod