I always feel reluctant about going to activate this summit because it has several Wind Power Generators (WPG) and it’s almost impossible for me to find a day with no wind in order to avoid the QRM they produce. But, being this summit near Pamplona and accesible by car, it’s difficult to say no to getting these 2 easy points.
This is one of those summits we have here in EA2/NV with a very tall trig point, so I climbed up and attached my 7m telescopic fishing rod like this.
Setup was a sloper 14m long endfed wire hung from the top of a 7m long fishing rod to a 9:1 unun with a 6m long counterpoise wire extended on the ground and sleeves.
My rig was FT-817ND at 5W with a MFJ-941B antenna tuner.
Battery was LiFePo4 4S2P.
My shack was this:
The activation wasn’t easy for me because of the heavy QRM from the WPG but working hard on several bands and modes finally payed off and I populated my log with a good number of QSOs and DX.
The activation went like this:
60m CW: 2 QSOs after about 8 minutes QRV and CQing.
40m CW: 9 QSOs after about 15 minutes QRV and CQing.
30m CW: 4 QSOs after about 15 minutes QRV and CQing.
20m CW: 20 QSOs, 4 of which were DX from NorthAmerica (USA & Cánada) after about 40 minutes QRV and CQing.
40m SSB: 22 QSOs after about 20 minutes QRV and CQing.
20m SSB: 5 QSOs after about 15 minutes QRV and CQing.
30m CW: 6 QSOs after about 15 minutes QRV and CQing.
20m CW: 8 QSOs, 2 of which DX USA, after about 20 minutes QRV and CQing.
2m FM: 1 S2S QSO with Iñaki EB2GKK/P activating EA2/SS-003.
You can see following the full log with 77 QSOs, 1 S2S and 6 DX USA & Canada:
You can see it on the map:
After QRT, when I climbed back to the top of the tall trig point to retrieve my fishing rod, I took a few pictures where you’ll see the QRM-makers (WPGs)
It wasn’t the most pleasant activation with that QRM which probably ruined some potential S2S QSOs, but perseverance and hard work with the always welcome cooperation of the chasers, finally left a very happy activator.
Thanks dear chasers for your calls and QSOs. I’ll be looking forward to copying you all again soon from a SOTA.