Mt. Baratxueta EA2/NV-068 by EA2IF/P on 26/09/2021

My feeling during yesterday’s activation was so good that I decided to do another one today. And I felt again in a really good physical shape.
Today’s chosen summit was Mt. Baratxueta, located just 28 Km North of Pamplona.

You can see how it looks like in this picture taken on my return home after the activation:

You can see following the GPS track I followed, and the elevation gain profile:

The ascent was all the time in the shade of a nice beech trees forest:

An increasing gradient, which became maximum in the final part of the ascent

The final part of the ascent started here and the gradient became really steep.

After 35-40 minutes, I reached the summit:

It was very cloudy when I got to the summit and I even had some micro-drops of rain falling during the first part of the activation. Before setting-up, I took several pictures of the views from the summit, but the clouds finally went away towards the end of the activation and I took new pictures of the views with the sunny weather. These last are the ones I’ll share with you.

There’s a very convenient fence crossing the summit from North to South and I took advantage of it for my set-up.
10m long telescopic pole,
14m long wire as a sloper towards the North and down to a 9:1 unun,
5m long counterpoise wire elevated on top of the fence,

The antenna wire was pretty much invisible on the original picture, so I’ve drawn a red line in its place for you to see it.

At the operator’s side: FT-817ND at 5W + MFJ-941B antenna tunner fitted inside a customized wooden box where all cables are pre-connected.

This was the summit seen from my operating position:

The activation went like this:

  • 30m CW: 33 QSOs, 6 of which S2S, in 39 minutes.

  • 20m SSB: 8 QSOs, 3 of which S2S, in 12 minutes.

  • 40m SSB: 34 QSOs, 1 of which S2S, in 23 minutes.

  • 20m CW: 25 QSOs, 4 of which S2S, in 45 minutes. I was nicely surprised when I saw his spot on SOTAwatch. My first QSO on 20m CW was a S2S with Andy MM0FMF/P. My surprise was even greater when I was called by Galih @YC2VOC at 13h29z. We completed what it was my very first ever SOTA QSO with Indonesia. Thanks a lot Galih!

  • 40m CW: 2 QSOs with my friends Ignacio EA2BD and Alf EA4R.

All in all, 102 QSOs, 14 of which were S2S and a great DX with Indonesia.
You can see it on the map:

Before leaving the summit, I took new pictures of the views now with the sunshine:

On my descent through the beech trees forest, I came accross some Gnomo’s houses, but they were either sleeping inside or out at work :wink:

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



Well done Guru. Firstly for getting out so soon and for all those QSOs. You had better weather than me on your summit. :slight_smile:


Guru, thanks for report and fine pictures, good as your reports before.

73 Ludwig


Hi Guru, another great activation report with photos. Glad you felt good to go out on another activation. :grinning: :beers:


Hello Guru @EA2IF.

Thanks for the pictures and the report :+1::mountain_snow: I’m glad it worked out on 30m to you.

See you again soon.

73 Marcel DM3FAM


Hi Guru,

Thanks for the S2S! Nice report and photos,

73, Simon. GM4JXP


Thanks for the S2S from my ‘office’ on G/NP-017 - You took me by surprise. You answered immediately after my 1st CQ!!

Your weather looks rather different from my ‘office’, on my summit - it was cloudy & damp, and very windy.




Thanks for the S2S, David,
Yes, weatherwise, I had a great day.
After our QSO, I saw you were spotted as MM6GYU, but, unless I’m wrong, you were sending your callsign as M6GYU, so this may have caused errors to some of your chasers.
Since you were on an English summit, it’s clear that the correct callsign should have been M6GYU, unless G/NP-017 is in the English-Scottish border and you were operating from the Scottish side of that border. [edit: now I’ve seen this is not the case and G/NP-017 is well inside England and well away to the South of the Anglo-Scottish Border or Crìochan Anglo-Albannach]



Thanks for pointing that out Guru.

It should be M6GYU - I’ll correct it. I was using the SOTA Goat app, which I noticed that day sometimes predicted MM6GYU instead. I suppose ultimately I should have double checked before pressing “Save”…