After reading a recent activation report telling us a story about a lost and recovered wallet and the other posts that followed telling about similar stories, I thought it’s time to create a specific thread where we can share our surely several stories about lost and found stuff during our SOTA activation expeditions.
On 23/12/2014, I activated Mt. Eltxumendi EA2/NV-132 and forgot/lost at the summit the whip I had attached to the top end of my fishing rod in order to make a little longer my vertical antenna:
You can see the whip in the above picture.
Santi EA2BSB(SK) and his wife went there some time later to find it right where I had setup the previous day and get it back to me.
In the first picture, I’m also holding a dual-band 144/432 mobile antenna. I lost that antenna on 18/May/2014 during my 1st and failed attempt to hike and activate Mt. Larrogain EA2/NV-041 after taking in error the left instead of the right hand side track at this point, which took me through a very long track along dense forest to a dead end in the middle of the mountain side:
When I noticed the antenna was missing, I got back and forth searching for it without success. It must be still there…
On 31/Jan/2016 I forgot our dog’s lash at the summit of Mt. Seanbe EA2/NV-096, right on a rock by the left hand side of my operating position.
I got back there the following weekend and the dog’s lash was still right where I had left it, so I recovered it and still use it whenever I take our dog to the mountains.
I’m pretty sure many of you will have similar stories you may want to share here.
Feel free and thanks in advance.