Thursday February 2nd I decided to activate SOTA OK/US-017 despite the very low temperatures reigning recently in the region. I managed to get to the summit on my backcountry skis. The temperature was -17 deg. Ceslius and the Sun was shining when I set up the site. I thought there could be a problem with the TRX due to the low temperatures, but the Elecraft KX-1 was working well. However the real problem occured when I learned, that I forgot the CW paddle at home. First I thought that is the end of the expedition, but when the initial emotions faded away I searched the bag again and foung the keying cable. Then I aligned the KX-1 for hand key operation a tried to find something to short the pins of the conector to perfom keying. The only handy tool was the Victorinox Swiss Army Multi-purpose knife. Somehow it worked and I logged 18 contacts, the CW quality was poor, but the gentle SOTA chasers community found understanding and acommodated to the pace of my operation.
Thanks to all for their patience and the fine contacts.
73’s Dan / OK1DIG
You can see some pictures from the activation here: