Mt. Gorramakil EA2/NV-081 by EA2IF/P on 01/04/2021

I thought about possibly activating in the morning, but the temperature was a bit low and I decided to postpone it until the afternoon, when the temperatures would be warmer. With all the chemo treatments I’m having, I don’t yet feel strong enough to tackle a mountain hike, so I chose another drive-up summit.
The only problem is that it’s 70 Km far from my QTH.
While driving, the outside temperature was 26º C. Amazingly warm!
Here you can see the targetted SOTA:

Once at the summit, the temperature was not that warm and there was a constant wind from the South, but it was not cold at all.
I found a slot between 2 heavy rocks of a cairn and I decided to insert the base of my fishing rod in it. The fishing rod didn’t stand vertical, but leanning towards the North, which I found acceptable because I wanted my endfed sloping towards the North.
This was my setup today:

A sloper 14m long endfed wire hung from the top of an inclined 7m long fishing rod to a 9:1 unun with a 6m long counterpoise wire extended on the grass and rocks down the cliff.
My rig was FT-817ND at 5W with a MFJ-941B antenna tuner.
Battery was LiFePo4 4S2P.

The activation went like this:

  • 20m CW: 13 QSOs, one of which DX USA, after about 25 minutes QRV and CQing.

  • 30m CW: 16 QSOs in about 15 minutes.

  • 40m CW: 27 QSOs in about 25 minutes.

  • 60m CW: 6 QSOs after about 10 minutes QRV and CQing.

  • 20m CW: 5 QSOs, one of which DX USA, after 10 minutes QRV and CQing.

After a bit less than 2 hours on the air, this is the log with 67 QSOs, 2 of which were DX with the USA:

You can see it on the map:

The wind got stronger during the time spent at the summit and I struggled to hold my paper log, but the temperature wasn’t cold and after pack up, I took a few pictures before leaving.

Vultures were gliding in the wind.

During descend, I enjoyed the views of the beautiful valleys.

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




Hello Guru, thanks for another great report with photos. Thanks for detailing what equipment was used also.

You look well Guru, stay safe.

73 de Geoff vk3sq.


Awesome, thanks for sharing! Great amount for QSO!


Guru @EA2IF, thank you for our QSO and your patience :wink:

73 Marcel DM3FAM