Every year Ryedale Walking Group ventures to warmer climes. Out of the 85 current paid up members 5 of us are licenced radio amateurs. Three of us came on this tour, G4OBK, G4OOE and G3TQQ. I try to influence the destinations where the walking group head to for the annual overseas tour and usually succeed. I usually favour destinations with SOTA in mind…This year (now that an EA6 P150 SOTA Association has been established) we chose Mallorca.
We arrived on Monday but the SOTA work only started yesterday when we activated four easy summits. MA-035, MA-032 and MA-056 - these three were almost “drive on”. MA-044 (our last of the day) we had to walk around 500m and climb only around 50m. HF band conditions were poor but we managed OK making contacts on 17m-20m-30m-40m in CW and SSB.
Today we activated MA-040 Talaia d’Alcudia, a unique summit. The 6.5 mile walk was completed by 12 members of our group and we were able to spend longer operating from the summit as the radio hams arrived before the 9 other members. Condx on HF were fantastic around Europe and we also worked K4MF on 17m band CW.
Tomorrow Dave and Nick will activate MA-057 in the morning whilst I am on duty for the walking group on
a walk to Cala Vicence (I will work them on 2m for a complete). In the afternoon the three of us will activate MA-046. I will activate MA-057 myself later on the tour and then Nick and Dave will secure a complete.
Here are a few pictures taken today
73 Phil G4OBK
Dave EA6/G3TQQ left and EA6/G4OOE/P right.on EA6/MA040 Talaia d’Alcudia today:
EA6-G4OBK/G4OOE/G3TQQ en-route to MA-040 Talaia d’Alcudia today.