Finally uploaded the log from yesterday.
The activation of Tongalee (817M) was quite hard.
I started out late, arriving at the carpark at 11:20AM. I was already 1 hour+ late. There was heavy rain in the previous days which had made the ground very heavy and marshy. The river was not swollen, but it looked like it had been previously.
I got my bag ready - which consisted of 817, SLAB 7Ah battery, first aid kit, bivvi-bag, rain wear, food, buddipole tripod, buddipole 8M pole, and buddipole coils, and camera.
I had decided on carrying the buddipole as I wanted to try out a) carrying it on an activation, and b) the performance.
I set off around 11:30AM, taking the shortest, but steepest route, into a stream reentrant. This was a bad idea, for a number of reasons (none from a safety POV), but it did get me there relatively quickly. On the way I got a heavy rain shower which helped wet me even more than the marsh.
It took about 1hr 30mins to reach the summit. Once there it was dry, a little windy, but manageable.
I found, much to my annoyance, I had forgotten the Buddipole centre, which made carrying the pole a waste of time.
I strung up my GW4VBE multi-band dipole. It took about 10-15mins to figure I needed to raise up the ends about 1-1.5M. Once I did that I had Mike EI2CL in the log.
After that Pete EI7CC spotted me, and things were cooking then.
I went on to work:
EI7CC, EI2CL, G6WRW, G4ELZ, G4JZF, G6MZX, GW1NK/P, GI4SRQ, GW0DSP, G0TRB, G4BLH/P, G0RQL, G4OBK, G0TDM, 2E0PXW, G7SKR, G0VWP/P, G0AOD, G0NES, DL3SBA/P, GM7UAU
After about 30mins of activity I took some photos, then dismantled everything, and got moving.
It took again about 1hr 20mins to get back down, again going for the shortest, wettest route.
I got back to the car, made some calculations (they seemed to work) and decided I had to go for Scarr, IE-012.
First I unloaded alot of the dead weight, as the kit was extremely heavy and was doing my back no favours. I dumped the SLAB, buddipole coils & etc, camera (sorry no photos of Scarr), extra clothes, food) and headed off.
It took me about 40mins to get to Scarr (641). Again, same config as Tonlagee. I had EI2CL again at the beginning, then went on to work alot of the same stations from earlier on including a few new ones:
EI2CL, GW0DSP, G6WRW, G3CWI, G0RQL, M0COP, G6MZX, G0TDM, G3OHC, GM7UAU, MW0IDX, G0TRB, G0VWP, G4OWG, G4JZF, G6LKB.
There was heavy QRM on adjacent frequencies, but everyone was patient with conditions.
The Scarr activity again took about 30mins, and I was back down at the carpark by approx. 19:00.
Into the shop, stock up on Lucozade ad then on the 1 hour drive back to Dublin.
I had a lot of firsts yesterday: my first nice SOTA pile-up, my first DL station (danke schon Lutz), my first summit-to-summits (thanks Terry & Lutz), my first GM station (thanks Steve) my first GI (thanks George).
First thing I have to do now is look at my kit bag setup…too much weight.
Thanks again to all. Looking forward to the next one.
Edited to add:
The photos can be seen here:
Not many of the setup as I forgot to take some at the start.