EA2LU Jorge and I decided to pay a visit to Mt. Ezkintza EA2/NV-148, a new one for Jorge.
The activation turned into a nightmare when I discovered I have forgotten a silly adaptor. Let’s see what happened…
Activation date: November 14th 2020.
- Take road A-12 between Pamplona and Estella.
- Leave the motorway after Cirauqui, in exit nr. 31 towards Lorca.
- Right after the exit turn left, cross the bridge and head towards Cirauqui, by road NA-1110.
- Soon after the petrol station there is a dirt road right hand side that you can drive with care up to the summit, for about 6,5 km.
Weather had been great all the week so we expected to have plenty of sun. Nevertheless, as soon as we took our car we noticed that a dense fog would join us the whole morning.
It was a good decision to drive up this time, as it was wet and cold. The summit is wide and flat with a big hermitage:
Jorge settled his gear first, tying the pole to a thin tree and deployed his random wire inverted V:
He soon started and I moved on to find a spot to deploy my EFHW.
I extended the wire and put up the pole. I connected everything and when I was ending I jumped as soon as I realized I had left my RCA to BNC adaptor. No way to connect the antenna!
For heaven’s shake! How stupid I was, I had changed my regular backpack replacing it with a new one I had receintly bought. Then I had forgotten to add this silly little adaptor and I couldn’t connect the antenna to the transceiver, such a shame.
I felt frustrated, it was no possible to match that RCA connector to the BNC outlet. So after some minutes I assumed I had a fail activation and started disassemblying the pole and antenna in the middle of the fog.
When I was about to wind the antenna wire I suddenly stopped. What if…?
I reasoned a bit to myself, left the gear and stepped towards Jorge. I knew he had an electrical tape roll. I approached and there he was, keying in the middle of his pile up. I felt so sorry for disturbing, murmured something, grabbed his roll and left him looking at me astonished.
I got back to my gear, cut a piece of tape and pressing firmly the RCA against the BNC I put the tape in. The ground ring between both connectors kept separated, and therefore I cut a few centimeter of the tail of my EFHW antenna to close the ground betweem them. See how it ended:
The connectors were in place, I switched on the radio and prayed to hear any signal. Pressed the key and SWR was okay at 1,7:1, hooray! I felt glad for not having surrendered…
When I started calling CQ I wasn’t sure my poor fix would last, so when I had my 4th qso with Jan OK2PDT I felt relieved.
The activation worked fine for both of us.
Jorge ran on 5, 7, 10, 14 & 18 MHz CW logging 70 qso.
He had S2S QSO with Markus IN3ADF, Markus HB9BRJ/P, Heinz OE5EEP/P, Rudy 9A3R/P, Arthur HB9CEV/P and Ulrich HB9CGA/P. He also logged Bruno HB9CBR/P working from a HB-Flora Fauna this time. He had his moment of glory when logged Andrew ZL1TM in 14 MHz.
What about me? In the end, I closed my log with 85 qso, running on 14 and 7 MHz SSB mainly plus a few CW S2S qso. If you run on 7 SSB you know you’re going to work lots of EA hunters being weekend.
I logged S2S Joâo CT2GSN/P, Tom OE9TKH/P, Kurt HB9AFI/P and Andreas DK7MG/P.
The summit was still foggy when we left, but we were satisfied and got back home chatting about our adventures.
73 de Ignacio
P.s. I will make sure I carry adhesive tape in my backpack,and the adaptor next time!