I went out to Mt. Iguste today with my son and his best friend David and I took my rucksack with the SOTA kit inside, just in case…
I won’t explain anything about the location of this summit as you can review that info in my last year activation report:
The two boys are good fans of the Roman Empire and that’s why, before starting the hike, I took them to see and walk on an authentic Roman road at the Alto de Guirguillano:
From that point, we entered on a mountain dirt road and after a short drive on 4x4, we reached the start point of the hike.
The easy hike was pleasant with nice weather and I was well entertained with the two 10 years old friends conversation about their usual Play Station online games, their favorite youtubers and things like that; things I couldn’t even imagine when I was their age.
We had this view of Alloz water reservoir:
Once at the summit, the boys continued his conversation while eating some sandwich and I setup with my new half wave wire for 30m, which I just prepared on Friday afternoon in order to activate avoiding this and other weekends contest traffic.
The wire was set as a sloper from the top of my old and so many times repaired fishing rod, which is still serving me well, despite being slightly shorter than the original 7m.
My rig was FT-817ND at 5W.
I had not alerted and soon after starting to CQ, I was chased by a couple of non usual SOTA chasers. After a few further unresponded CQ calls on 10.118, I decided to selfspot.
The spot quickly brought several chasers and I enjoyed a very nice pileup. My first QSO was logged at 11h39 and the last one at 12h20. I logged 32 QSOs after about 40 minutes QRV, being all of them in Europe. No DX and no S2S today.
We took a few pictures by the summit cairn before leaving.
Thanks dear chasers for your calls and QSOs today.
I’ll be looking forward to copying you all again soon from a summit.