I would like to turn your attention to very interesting region of SOTA SP association - Bieszczady mountains.
They are located on very South-East part of Poland including our borders with Slovakia and Ukraine
Region has 29 active summits, a few of them are popular but a half of the region has just single digit numer of activations.
I decided to explore more this region and activate new uniques there.
Welcome to chase.
First activations are scheduled on May 1st.
Good Luck Jarek. I will try to run KX-2 with MLA OM0ET - maybe we’ll hear each other.
On May 1st were activated two summits: SP/BI-031 and SP/BI-008.
First summit is not long time in SOTA and number of its activation is not big.
Hiking was supported by beautiful WX :
Instruction for those who met the bear
View to OM land :
and back to SP/BI region :
SP/BI-031 route summary:
Hike to SP/BI-008 :
SP/BI-031 and SP/BI-008 are located in the same area, from way to the second summit we could see the first one through the woods:
More pictures from the route to SP/BI-008 :
SP/BI-008 route summary:
In below movie is recorded summary of the day (this is general natural video without any correction, I am sorry for heavy breath but idea was to try to show you real circumstances of the hike) :
… to be continued
That looks like a fantastic area. I am sure you are up for the challenge. I have not developed my bear outrunning skills. Make sure your boot laces are tied up tight.
I will, for sure
Bear bells were helpful this time and I did not meet any bear face to face
On may 2nd were activated two summits: SP/BI-017 and SP/BI-023.
Both of them have no marked tourist route so they demand some creativity to reach.
Below are some pictures of the route to SP/BI-017 :
Activation records :
Activation summary :
Route to SP/BI-023 :
Activation records :
Next visit in SP/BI region is scheduled for mid of June
See you on the frequencies
We are going to SP/BI region for “long weekend” starting from tomorrow.
First alert is on.
Many thanks activators and chasers for your support today on my activation of SP/BI-010
Internet here is very poor so I will put wider information after come back home.
Anyway, stay tuned
Activations are scheduled also for tomorrow, Saturday & Sunday
Jarek, I wish you successful activation! I’ll try to hear you.
Thanks for the S2S today Jarek. I was out testing a home brew RockMite for International QRP day. Good luck for the rest of your weekend.
Many thanks Colin, I got beautiful copy from your summit
My report will be written later, now only for you the picture of my operational position
I found place with better internet connection and can put some information about activation of SP/BI-010.
It was done on June 16th after a few hours driving from home QTH.
View from the summit:
Convenient activation place:
During activation 36 contacts logged, 2 of them S2S.
The route was 7,6 km / 590m up & down.
Next reports will come soon
On Friday June 17th we activated the summit SP/BI-006.
On that day, an extreme mountain run with a length of 80 km, so-called Butcher’s Run, “visited” also our summit area.
At the turning point, the organizers put up a signpost, which was very useful for us to install the mast.
In below activation video, you will see the participants of the run who had already ran 53 km of the route at this point.
A few more pictures:
During activation 54 contacts logged, 9 of them S2S.
Many thanks to activators and chasers.
The route was 11,9 km and 800 m up & down, profile picture below:
Thanks Jarek for your activation report.
On Saturday June 18th we activated the summit SP/BI-007
The route was the shortest one during this weekend: only 7,4 km and 470 m up & down
At the same time, it was the most scenic route
The summit was pretty busy by many tourists but activation was fine - 60 contacts logged, 21 S2S
QSO with Manuel EA2DT:
and nature sounds:
The final activation of long weekend was on Sunday June 19th, the summit we selected SP/BI-009
That day was very hot, temperature was about 25 degrees Celsius, fortunately the route was in the forest - it was no scenic environment but we well survived in the shade.
On the summit was pretty windy:
but position a fe meters lower allowed to activate without troubles:
In total 41 contacts logged, 9 S2S
A few more photos of summit area and descent:
The route 10,7 km and 560 m up & down, the profile picture:
Fot the moment my statistics of SP/BI region are as follows:
Next activity in SP/BI region is scheduled in August
As promised, we are going to continue exploration of SP/BI region.
Our holiday stay there will start on Monday August 8th.
Yesterday was a day with no activation due to our late arrival to SP/BI.
I offered two activations today instead
Thank you in advance for watching alerts for coming days.
Detail report I will print here within next week.
See you on frequencies.
Hi Jarek, thanks for S2S today. I stayed on summit to get the qso.
I did not hear you in 40m and was a bit worried thinking we wouldn’t meet due to solar condition, but we finally did it in 30m, good ears!
Thanks for a new one. Take care 73
thanks for S2S today
Also many thanks
It was very windy on the summit, my mast was erected just in 1/3 (may be 1/2…) of its usual heigth.
I must help him to stay vertically during TX
So, every QSO was success and S2S QSO was the treasure.
Hope to meet you soon again Ignacio.