Hi all,
First best wishes for 2008 in late because I was in mission for job till 2 days ago and no internet access.
Secondly my apologies for being 45 min late yesterday on SOTA activation but it was a bad bad afternoon : after 2h30 driving (238 kms from my departure point), the road access to the summit was closed ! I was redirected on a road absolutely wrong, then I decided to go back in order to find another access, and doing this in a field entry, my car bogged down and slided on the right during 5 (very long) meters ! I managed to exit by a reverse operation on 200 meters (through the field), then arrived to a very muddy road, had to find some wooden fragments to put under car wheels and finally exit this hell !
I drove to a place about 50m down the summit and so decided to set there (I couldn’t go back home now ! HI).
During the station set up, my fiber glass fishing rod broke at the middle !! Aaargh… What a bad day !
That matter, I called CQ with my G5RV Junior at 2.50meter height !
So all my congratulations to the 10 Chasers contacted (with very good reports anyway) ! (including DL4FDM/P on S2S !)
No response on 7 SSB and 10 CW.
I will add the link of the video when ready, and post it there.
Vy 73 de Chris F8DZY.

In reply to F8DZY:

We all have bad days sometimes Chris!!

Thanks for the 40m contact. I heard you say you were QSYing to 30m, so I listened for you there, but didn’t hear anything here in Southern England.

73 de Les, G3VQO

In reply to F8DZY:

Sorry to hear you had a bad day Chris.

Thanks for the 40m-cw QSO under such condx.

73 de Mike GW0DSP

In reply to F8DZY:
Quelle aventure…!!

J’espère que le retour s’est bien passé Chris !

A bientôt sur de nouveaux sommets.
73 QRO
Alain F6ENO

In reply to F8DZY:

Salu Chris,

I am sorry to hear about your unlucky day
and surprised about your good signal
with the “mini-G5RV”!
You dont have to buy a new fibreglass :wink:

Many thanks for the nice s2s-QSO
between F/MC-191 and DM/HE-102.

Condx were difficult yesterday afternoon
and I was lucky because some regular-chasers
were waiting for you on the qrg when I
called cq-sota.

I think we could write a complete book
about things happend on SOTA-peditions,
like fibreglass-crash, roads closed,
keyer left at home, gloves left at home,
crazy animals, etc. hi

Now things only can be better in 2008 !

Vy73 sota4ever et à bientôt

Thanks all for your messages…
Oui Alain, trés bien mais de nuit, ç’est “maman” qui n’était pas trés contente HI !
The video is ready and online on YouTube. Here’s the link, good watch…
Vy 73 de Chris F8DZY.

In reply to F8DZY:
Merci beaucoup pour le fb video Chris!
Je suis trés heureux d’écouterai mon signal
(et mon qsd…hi) avec mes mains froids.
À bientôt pour un prochaine s2s
peut-être avec mon indicatif F/HB9CSA/p.

Meilleurs 73 QRO

In reply to DL4FDM:
My pleasure dear Fritz ! And congrats for your french, I can’t add 2 words in german ! CUL from another SOTA…
Vy 73 de Chris F8DZY.

In order to have a better idea of what the height of the dipole meaned, please have a look at :

Vy 73 de Chris F8DZY.