last saturday (14/05/2022) my friend Andrea (IZ0QYI) and I decided to resume SOTA activity, as well as radio activity (), with a first test activation.
After various reasoning we decided to go to Mount Autore (I/LZ-301) at 1855 m a.s.l., when we reached the top we had some antenna to try.
We started by mounting a HB9 for VHF/UHF, then we mounted an inverted V dipole for 20m, connected the radios and started making some calls.
In 2m SSB Andrea did not hear anything and received no answers, in 20m very good signals came, but nobody listened to us and with the dipole I was able to make only a QSO with GB0WAO which gave me a signal ratio of 44.
After eating something, we tried to mount a Ribakov, almost vertical , using an external tuner ATU-100, but not much changed, we always heard good signals, but they didn’t listen to us, in the end I only connected the station EC1DJ always in 20m, this time with a 53 ratio. We tried on different frequencies, testing the functioning of the tuner, which behaved very well, but in this phase I discovered that my FT-817 has a problem in transmission on 7 Mhz, the message “TX Error” appears on the display when I try to transmit, while Andrea’s radio (still an FT-817) was working correctly.
Suddenly G5HWB replied to me, but unfortunately he could not copy my callsign despite the efforts, a stalemate.
In the end, both us and the batteries were tired and we decided to take everything apart, to go home. Even if at the QSO level it was not a good activation, it was still a beautiful day, which allowed us to enjoy a beautiful view and think about how to organize ourselves for the next time, and maybe remember the password to be able to put the spot on Sotawatch
A question for all of you, having not reached the minimum number of QSOs, do I still have to register the 2 QSOs on the SOTA website? Maybe it is useful for the two stations if they are chasers?
73 de IU0PHY & IZ0QYI