Two summits activated today.
The road up IS-105 Monte Tuttavista was quite exciting. But it felt shameful using the car when we met two groups of cyclists at the top (one lady towing a child buggy)! We explored around the bronze statue of Christ and then I found the path to the true summit (which does not extend to the cross).
Setting up on 40m I was surprised to find the band very quiet. Actually the reason was that my dipole had converted itself to a monopole. Tool-less I contrived to use the clip from my log book as a wire stripper so that I could make contact again with the BNC. Crisis over.
S2S with HB9BIN and DL1CR. Heard G0FEX, but no more, so switched to 30m. Lots more on this band, including S2S with IK2LEY.
Anxious SMS from colleagues - where am I - so QRT.
Late lunch in the town below then on to summit No. 2. “Don’t worry, it’s an easy one. I’ll be very quick”. IS-037 has a comms site on it. I thought I’d just bungee the pole to the fence and crack it tout suite. But when I got there I found the compound at about 1100m and 27m of rock to go to the summit. Not really climbable from the comms site (large boulders plus prickly bushes). Explored South and east - found non-trivial yet possible route. Set up about half way up. Had to crawl through “cave”. Many more again on 30m. Packed away. SMS - “Where are you? Have you fallen off?”. Actually i decided to confirm I was in the AZ. Minus pack I managed to spring up the rock that had stopped me and got to the top. Getting back down was a little tricky. But happy now that no question over AZ.
Work all day tomorrow. Hopefully another activation before we leave
Oh, and we “upgraded” the car to a shiny red brand new Clio, which has so far survived.
Most of the pics stuck on the camera for now.