I went today to do my third ever SOTA activation.
This turned to be a sum of unexpected inconveniences.
First, the planned road to approach the summit was in so bad conditions that I had to change the plan and head a 2 hour walk to get to the summit.
Then I started calling in 14 ssb with very little success: I imagine propagation was poor.
After a time there I moved to CW portion and it seems there were many more operators there. Due to my little ears to speed up catching the incoming calls (too many together for me, sorry!) after a while I organised the mini pile-up by numbers and that worked much better.
I alert about the QRS in the Sota system but it seems many people is unconscious of that situation.
Last, rain was present and I had to shut down the activation… What a pity many people couldn’t get the summit today! I felt frustrated.
I couldn’t even activate in 7 MHz band this time
Anyway, I know now the route to this summit and therefore I expect I’ll activate that again in the near future.
Thanks to all that participated and my apoogies for being too short today.