All my logs for my recent EA8 trip have finally been uploaded to the database. If you aren
t sure you made the contact then you can view my logs if you are logged in and check. There may be some who dont appear as on more than one occasion I was working a particular station with 2 or even 3 other stations thinking I was talking to them.
I appologise for my very qrp signal, this was due to a few different reasons.
- I borrowed a 4aH lipo battery off GW0DSP but I couldn`t get it to hold any charge, so I ended up taking a 1.5aH NiMh pack from my aldi hedge clipper. Due to the lack of battery power I was running the ft817 at 2.5W.
- I ordered a 10 section 4m travel pole to support the antenna. Despite being posted from Burton (30 miles away) on Wednesday, it didn`t arrive before I left on Monday. This meant that on most summits my antenna was very low - either my friend would hold the dipole centre at head height until he got tired, or I would use a cairn or similar to support it.
- Big SSB contests on both weekends I was there
Many thanks to all the chasers who did work me, the gold star goes to Mike GW0DSP who bagged all 12 summits with others getting most of them such as G0RQL,G6ODU,G0TRB,HA7UG,EC2DM etc…
I made 428 contacts comprising 333 on 20m & 95 on 10m.
Chasers collecting continents for awards will be pleased to know EA8 should normally count as Africa.
Biggest disappointment was only 16 contacts on LA-002 due to the massive QRM from the commercial transmitters up there.
Biggest thrill was the superb ridge walk on Fuertaventura between FU-001 & FU-004, check it out on google earth.
I acivated all summits on Lanzarote with the exception of LA-009 Timanfaya. This lies inside the Islands most important and iconic National Park. It is 8 euro to enter the park and you are forbidden to leave the waymarked path. This path goes nowhere near the summit. I have read that the temperature of the ground at the summit can exceed 100C so I can`t imagine this summit will ever get activated.
A casual glance at the map combined with traveling around the Island leaves me to believe there may be at least another 6 P150 summits, no doubt these may be identified and incorporated into the ARM at a future date. A big thanks to EA8AY and others for the hard work in setting up the association.
I would advise anybody who is thinking of activating in EA8 to take either walking boots or very tough shoes. I took the latter but didn
t always wear them - this eventually cost me a pair of trainers and 3 pairs of socks. Also, I know its common sense, but you can never carry too much water (even though I hit the tail end of the worst weather for over 40 years).
ve made a short movie from video clips, stills & sound bites if anyone is interested in the terrain. I will appologise for the poor quality in advance as I only took my small cheap aldi travel cam. Video is here :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ8p8H2eQW4 Ill post a few pics on flikr probably tomorrow when I get organised.