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My 57th and possibly last SOTA birthday celebration (Part 1)

On January 11th, I’ll coil the 57th turn around my ferrite core, but my broken health has unfortunately taken a wrong track and my cancer is again growing and expanding inside me, having started to invade my duodenum and pancreas. This is giving me bad pains which I’m trying to avoid with different drugs and limitted success.
Cancer is a dreadful, smart, evil bug and the treatment I had been following since the end of July with great success is not working anymore, so it’s been cancelled. I will start a chemo treatment on January 4th instead and I really hope this will be able to stop my current pains (:crossed_fingers: ) although this can’t cure my cancer with the rare BRAF mutation. This chemo will hopefully give me a few more weeks/months only. We’ll see…
Let’s be realistic, having cancer in the pancreas is usually very bad and the fatal outcome often arrives within few months, so I’m sorry to tell you that, although I very much hope not, this might well be my very last SOTA birthday celebration.

As many of you will remember, I recently adopted the formula of celebrating my birthday by activating the SOTA with reference number equal to my age. So I did my 55th on EA2/NV-055 and my 56th on EA2/NV-056, but it turns out that there’s not an EA2/NV-057, so I’ve had to look around my region to find a suitable not too distant #057.
I looked to the East in the region of Huesca (EA2/HU) and found that EA2/HU-057 is a 2670m a.s.l. mountain, which is in the Pyrenees and fully covered in snow and ice at this time of the year, so it’s a too difficult one for me at the moment.
I looked to the West in the region of Gipuzkoa and found that EA2/SS-057 is an easy 2 pointer, not far from my QTH involving a reasonable walk of nearly 5 Km and a vertical gain of slightly under 400m. I’ve found a GPS track at Wikiloc and I’m sure this will be my 57th birthday celebration. I’ve never activated this summit and I’ve never activated a summit in EA2/SS region, so I’ll be very pleased with ticking these 2 boxes during my birthday celebration.

The exact day of the activation will be decided depending on how I’m feeling in those days and of course, the WX. I’ll keep you all informed.
I really hope you’ll provide huge, fun pileups and a I’ll get back home with a big, big activator log full of QSOs, S2S and DX too.

73,

Guru

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A life well lived, Guru. That’s what everyone aspires to. Happy almost birthday, and I hope other climbers go with you on the 11th, including a cupcake with candle on top. If your following birthday finds you activating the big hill in the sky, I’ll send you a signal report of 599+ …Best 73.

Elliott, K6EL
Sota MT

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So sorry to hear that Guru, our thoughts are with you and will try my best to provide a S2S.
Regards, Mark

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Guru,

Thank you for this update on your health. I’ll be looking for you on this upcoming activation and hopefully others, and will be praying for comfort and ease of your pain as you enter this next phase. Thank you for all our past SOTA contacts; let’s add a few more!

Blessings,
Michael

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Guru,

We will ALL meet on THE Summit one day. Until then, may the blessings of heaven rest upon you. And we will always listen for the faint DX call of EA2IF.

God Bless You my friend,
Dean ~ K2JB

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Guru,

I am so sorry to hear about your situation.

May God Bless You my friend.

Thanks for all of the over the pond QSO’s we have had over the years.

I understand that all SOTA peaks are easy 10 Pointers in Heaven…

Pete
WA7JTM

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Hey Guru @EA2IF

Here’s wishing you many more birthday activations by being the one that beat the odds on pancreatic cancer.

Paul

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Guru,
Sorry unpleasant news. Please know that EA2IF is one of the most recognizable and BELOVED in all of SOTA. All best on upcoming activations.

Ken, K6HPX and Kay, KE7BGM

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I’m so sorry Guru. However, I strongly hope that next year in this period you will be looking for an EAx / 058 reference.
All the best for 2022 Fabio, IK2LEY

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I really hope so too and it would again be an EA2/NV one. We don’t have an EA2/NV-057, but we have 058, 059 and many others.

Current goal is EA2/SS-057 in January, but as soon as this will be done, I’ll set the new goal of celebrating 58th birthday on EA2/NV-058.
Promissed!

73,

Guru

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I was notified a day earlier by Guru about his health. I haven’t replied to that mail because I could not think of anything to say or how to say it. So I’m going to steal other people’s words because I am at a loss.

I’m with Paul in wishing you many more birthday activations.

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Oh my Guru. I hate to hear that you are sick. I just prayed that the treatments will be more helpful than you expect. We are all thinking of you and pulling for you. God be near you my friend.
Scott kw4jm

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So sorry to hear this. I pray there is a way for this tradition to continue, and will look forward to working you on number 58.

Kent K9EZ

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Guru, fight like an angry marine, all of SOTA will cheer you on.

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Thank you, Guru, for sharing the state of your health with us. We appreciate that.
We’re all rooting for you and hoping for the absolute best outcome from your next treatment regime.

I’m beaming some super healing RF from my summit to yours, OM!
Thomas
K4SWL

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So sorry to hear this, Guru. Keep setting those targets and remember you have the whole SOTA family cheering you on.

You have kept encouraging me to persevere with (re)learning my CW and after a rather failed attempt this summer I promised you that I would keep trying and will work you from a summit in CW. Well thats now my no.1 target for 2022 :slight_smile:

All the best,
Jonathan

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I am so sorry to hear your news Guru. You have fought the cancer strongly and I am sure will keep fighting it. I am lost in admiration for your determination to do the 57th. I know if it can be done you will do it.
73
John

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Hi Guru,

In addition to written by e-mail I would like to tell you that I will be with you during this #057 activation same as next ones #058, #059 and more.

See you on frequencies.
In case I need to stay at the office in the day of your #057 activation I will put it at the bottom of my heart :heartpulse:

73, Jarek

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Thanks for the update, Guru. I will definitely be praying for you as will many, many others. Always great to hear you on the radio.
73 Gary

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My thoughts and prayers are with you Guru. Always a pleasure to hear you on the air and read your thoughtful/insightful posts here. Keep up the fight. Be listening for you.

Ken, W4KAC

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