Sorry for the sudden shutdown today. SOTA is a bonus on family holidays as for some strange reason neither my wife or daughter are impressed by radio or radio from a summit. Now I pick the holiday destination with SOTA in mind but actually getting a shot at activations is very difficult to plan. Well perhaps if I planned the itinery for every day I could give accurate alerts. But unless you have visited a place before you need a day or twoi to get a feel for the place.
So it was at 1445Z when we arrived in Playa Blanca when I was allocated 2hr30 SOTA time. This meant I had 3-4km drive, find the parking place, get some boots on, get up and setup. I had to shutdown at 1620z to give me time to pack up, get down and get to the pickup point. I tried to work as fast as I could but I really am very sorry that I didn’t work everyone and had to go QRT. It’s a long time since this has happened to me but it still makes me feel bad. I have gear for 30/20/17/15/12/10 but I know that 20m will work so that is the band of choice. I haven’t had time to try 10m for challenge points or anything else. The alternative to working some of the CW callers today would have been to not work any and just go QRT early. Sorry is all I can say.
However, it would have been nice if a certain G3 had not kept calling and ignoring my directed calls or calling when told NIL. It smelt like selfishness to get a QSO at any cost from my end sat on the edge of bloody steep drop into a caldera with a helluva Lanzarote breeze blowing. when I was trying to work as many as possible as fast as my poor CW allows. Had he called out of turn once more I was going to just switch the 817 off and go down early… that’s how annoyed I was.
Maybe I will get a shot at Caldera Blanca tomorrow, probably 25% chance as we stand now.