Mt. Artxueta EA2/NV-032 by EA2IF/P on 26/02/2022

Another activation of a 4 pointer + 3 winter bonus today.
Sunny but pretty cold and windy on this summit at 1343m a.s.l.

The last time I activated this summit, I hiked the last 15 minutes from the parking, but I took the easy way and drove up to the very summit today, because I’ve been feeling too weak lately with all the chemos I’ve got.

I set-up my 10+3.1 sloper OCF antenna hung from the top of my 7m long telescopic fishing rod, with the shorter 3.1m leg horizontal about 1m or a bit less above the ground. Exactly the same as in my last activation, when I took this picture:

With a 9:1 unun at the feed point, my rigs FT-817ND at 5W and mAT-10 antenna tuner.

I started on 60m but I didn’t log any QSO.
Then I QSYed to 40m, but I found a lot of contest traffic and I escaped to 30m.
On 30m I logged 21 QSOs, 4 of which S2S in 25 minutes.
On 20m I logged 37 QSOs, 1 of which S2S DX USA, 5 other DX USA and 1 DX Canada in 54 minutes.
All in all, 58 QSOs, 5 S2S and 7 DX with the USA and Canada after about 1h and 50min operation. You can see it on the map:

This was the view to the North from my operating spot:

Thanks dear chasers for your calls and QSOs.
I’ll be looking forward to copying you all again soon from a SOTA summit.




Thanks for the contact Guru. It was nice to hear all the American and Canadian stations coming back to you. Stay safe mate and please don’t over do things.
best 73 Allen


Thanks for the SOTA and congrats on your s2s with N4DCW. Very noisy conditions here today, glad I got you in the log.
Mike, WB2FUV

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Hi Allen,
Thank you for calling in yesterday. It was a pleasure to QSO again with you.
It’s a real pleasure having all this many calls from you all, but…

…yes, it’s always a special thrill for me when I hear a call from the other side of the Pond.

These DX QSOs during an activation are, no doubt, the icing on the cake to me.



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Thank you, Mike, for calling in again yesterday. I’m sorry that my signals were weak and difficult to copy with the QRM. On my side I heard you and the other stations from NorthAmerica very well. Only the S2S with N4DCW was a little harder with weaker signal + QSB and I required a few repeats to get the full call, as I initially missed the final W in the QSB, but the S2S was 100% successful and it definitiely made my day.
I’ll be looking forward to chasing you and being chased by you many more times in the future.