When I got to the car after my activation of Serra de Freita CT/BL-004, I introduced the GPS coordinates of the next target, Monte de Arouca, a never activated before Summit which resulted only 18Km to the NorthEast from where I was. The drive was easy on a good benty mountain road and when the GPS told me I had reached my destination, I parked at the left side of the road, crossed the road and headed to the top of the mountain, which was only a very short hike of about 150m up to the trig point.
I installed my long wire horizontally with the end tied to a 2m tall branch of a distant eucaliptus tree and then coming parallel to ground to a rope I had tied to the top of the trip point. The last 1.5 meters went vertically down to my rig down on the ground inside my rucksack. It was a sort of odd inverted L 19.5m horizontal and 1.5 vertical.
As I did in my previous activation of the day, I also started this one on 30m CW.
TOP EA2 chaser Manuel, EA2DT was the first one to chase me. I asked him to raise a spot for me and so he did, as I soon got calls from several regular European chasers, and good friends of mine like Jorge - EA2LU, Alf - EA4CWN, Ric,- EA4ZK and Javier - EA2GM. Very nice to be chased by you guys!
After 30m CW, I QSYed to 20m SSB. This band/mode produced 9 QSOs, one of which was DX with AC1Z again, thank you! and other one was again a S2S with Nuno - CT2IUV/P, who had been waiting for me at SOTA CT/BA-012. Thank you very much!
When nobody else called in on 20m SSB, I QSYed back to 30m and 2 more QSOs were logged.
This is the complete log of this activation with 25 QSOs.
It was almost sunset, I was feeling really tired by that time and I still had to drive to Porto, where I was booked in a hotel near the airport. So I quickly packed up and took a few pictures before leaving.
Thanks a lot to all chasers and I’ll be looking forward to hearing you again son from another summit, which is where playing radio is indeed for me a real pleasure.
Best 73 de Guru