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My 56th birthday SOTA celebration

Dear SOTAris,
Many of you will surely remember my new way to celebrate my birthdays explained in this old thread:
My 55th birthday SOTA celebration - Activation Reports / Pre-Planning - SOTA Reflector

My birthday was last Monday and I didn’t go to activate SOTA because we had much snow and I didn’t want hiking an unknown-to-me mountain in such conditions.
Temperatures have come quickly up these last days and all the snow in Pamplona is now gone. I guess there will still be some snow in the area of my targetted summit, but I hope it won’t be that much and I’m planning my activation of Mt. Latxaga EA2/NV-056 on this weekend (still to be decided if Saturday or Sunday) operating in the suitable frequencies of 14.056-CW; 7.056-SSB-CW; 21.056-CW and 28.056-CW.
The route I’m planning is this:


Stay tuned, please. I’ll inform about day and time aprox as soon as I have a clearer view.
73,

Guru
Update: the plan is to leave home by 7h30z tomorrow Saturday 16th of January. I hope to be ready to start CQing by about 1100z, but this may change if we find much snow. We will use snowshoes, but it will be my first time, so will probably be slow.

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Hi Guru,

Well young fella, happy birthday regardless of whether you get to a summit or not.

73
Ron
VK3AFW

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Bonjour Guru
JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE.
Best wishes and many mountain goat.
Take care.
Best 73
André

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Belated Birthday greetings Guru

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Happy Birthday Guru!
56? Nobody could be that young.

Ken

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Happy Birthday Guru !

73, Jarek

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Happy Birthday To You! Happy Birthday To You!
Happy Birthday Dear Guru! Happy Birthday To You!

Gary—N2ESE

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Happy birthday dr Guru. In our next QSO, you can advise me about what the next 5.5 years have in store for me!

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FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS GURU !

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Hello Guru. Belated birthday greetings to you on your special day.

73 de Geoff vk3sq

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Bravo Guru !

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We were not able to listen to you, but also many congratulations.
We hope to pull your ears in 2021, even if you wear the mask :slight_smile:
No pudimos escucharte, pero también muchas felicidades.
Esperamos tirarte de las orejas este 2021, aunque lleves la mascarilla.
73.
EA4DOS
EA4DON

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This selfie is of today’s summit.
It was a very, very long hike. It took us 8 hours on snowshoes from departure to arrival to the car. About 70cm of snow. Extremely cold at the summit, so I had to cut the activation short.
I’ll write a complete report with pictures soon.
Thanks very much dear chasers.
73,

Guru

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Hello Guru,

many congratulations and all the best for your next year (and also the time after this year).
It seems to me it was a nice day. Well done your hike.

Hope to meet you again on the band.

73 Ludwig

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Happy Birthday Guru!!
Congrats for your winter and long hike.
73

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Great photo Guru,

73 de Geoff vk3sq

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Zorionak Guru!
Happy Birthday Guru!
73 de Moises
EA4MZ

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Well done Guru. You look well. Good to see.

73
Ron
VK3AFW

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Dear SOTA friends,
I’m very sorry to inform you that we screwed it up yesterday and the SOTA activation was INVALID.
With the fatigue, we didn’t realize that we were not at the right summit. It’s entirely my fault for not having stored the summit coordinates in my GPS and also for not having checked the GPS position against the SOTA summit coordinates when we got to the actually wrong summit.
In the following map, you can see in blue the route we actually followed and in green the part we didn’t make and we should have. Instead of a 1207 summit, we reached to a higher one called Laparordokigaña 1399m, but this one in not a SOTA because it fails to have the prominence due to the close presence of the higher six pointer SOTA Mt. Ortzantzurieta 1566 m.


I’m very sorry for this failure. Please, excuse me dear chasers for any inconveniences.
After my bloody divorce, I’m always extremely busy and Friday was a very, very busy day so I almost had not time to carefully prepare the SOTA expedition. “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” the saying goes and this is what it actually happened.
So sorry… :cold_sweat:
Thanks for your comprehension.
73,

Guru

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best wishes for health happiness and prosperity

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