As it was widely announced in the following pre-planning thread,
My 56th birthday SOTA celebration - Activation Reports / Pre-Planning - SOTA Reflector
My birthday was in January and after a failed attempt in January, I got finally activated (complete too) this summit on April 3rd as my new way to SOTA-celebrate my birthdays.
The following map will give you an idea of where this summit is located, not far from the EA-F border and how the 65Km drive was to the small village of Orbara to the North-East of my QTH in Pamplona through curvy mountain roads.
The sky was very plumby on our way to Orbara and we found very low cloud when I got there at 8h15z. My SOTA-mate JAP arrived a few minutes later and we started our hike by 8h35. This was the route we followed and its elevation profile.
I had my GPS, but there was a clearly marked and easy to follow track. This was when we had just started our hike:
Shortly after, our bodies were getting warmth from the physical exercise and some of the outer layers got removed:
We were hiking through a beautiful forest:
At this point, we were getting closer to the summit:
And the summit was reached after a 1h50 hike. This is the mountaneers mailbox:
The previously removed outer layers were put back on.
It was 10h25z and I had alerted for a start at 11h00, so the timing was just perfect.
The setting up started by tieing my fishing rod to a beech tree trunk:
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.
Everything was ready to start and we even had some nice sunshine passing through the clouds:
The activation started and ended with DX USA and it went like this:
14.056 KHz CW: 12 QSOs in 15 minutes, 1 of which was DX USA with Leslie @K4DY and one S2S with my dear friend Ignacio EA2BD/P from EA2/NV-059.
5.356 KHz CW: 4 QSOs in about 1/2 hour, 2 of which were S2S with @F4VPX/P and my dear old friend Javier EA2GM/P activating a new reference for the 1st time in EA1/AT land. In that 1/2 hour and after my S2S with F4VPX, I also spent some few minutes CQing on 21.056 and 28.056, but I didn’t hear any signal and never got a call back, as expected.
30m CW: 9 QSOs in 9 minutes.
14.056 KHz CW: 4 QSOs in 5 minutes, one of which was a DX USA with Rich @N4EX.
You can see me here when I was probably changing bands. Notice my lunch next to me on the ground still waiting to be eaten:
In this other picture I’m in QSO with Olaf @DL7CX/P:
This is the full log with 41 QSOs, 5 S2S and 2 DX USA after 1h40 on the air:
You can see it on the map:
The forest density on this summit probably took its toll in the form of less RF being sent out, thus the smaller number of QSOs for a Saturday activation:
After pack-up, I eat my lunch and started our descent and we enjoyed clear blue skies and beautiful landscapes like these:
We even found this beech tree seeming a mithological creature in the forest:
Thanks dear chasers for joining us in this birthday SOTA-celebration. I’ll be looking forward to copying you all again soon from a SOTA.
Guru & JAP