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SV/AG-053 Prof. Ilias on Rhodes

This is a wonderful, easy summit near the town of Archangelos on the east side of Rhodes.

Thanks to previous activation reports and other information available on the internet I was able to determine there was a road to the church on the summit from the main road EO Rodou Lindou 95.


Summit Road


Initial Parking Position


Actual Parking Position

We had planned to walk as indications were that the road was in poor condition. There is a gravel section of around 200m at the start of the road which we initially walked, but then seeing further that the road was in good condition I went back for the scooter to see if we could get further. We were able to reach the summit via scooter with no issues. In a car maybe it would seem narrow in places, but the scooter had no issues.


Summit Church

Just to note that the temperature was forecast around 38°C - we had arrived around 9am local so it was probably more like 30°C but still hot for climbing hills! I brought with me the IC-705 running on internal battery 5w with the Super Antenna MP1 and lightweight tripod.


View to the South of the Island

I setup on what appeared to be the natural summit, some 25m from the church. The remains of a wall provided shade for the rig and phone.

There was a possibility of an Australian contact with two stations in QSO with Mike @2E0YYY but the 5w wasn’t to be on 20m. I got a message later from Ernie saying he could hear me faintly on 18m but I didn’t get that in time to try for a QSO.


Not the way to setup a Super Antenna!

I had alerted for all bands from 30m to 10m to try and work as many stations as possible. Chris @F4WBN was on the case as always with Manuel @EA2DT not far behind! Lovely to get some Greek stations in the log too.

Apologies to Fabio @IK2LEY - my poor morse skills taking quite some time to work out his full callsign and location for my one S2S, but it was very gratifying to subsequently see his alert and determine I had copied all the information correctly. Phil @G4OBK as always was super-easy copy sending at exactly the same rate as was calling. If only everyone was like you Phil!


View from the Church to the Operating Position

When I reached 10m I immediately heard Colin @DD5CF calling on the QRP frequency and it was lovely to have a chat with him, and great that he was able to give me an 8 character Maidenhead Locator for his position in his Croatian /P location - and also big credit for calling CQ on 10m!

I’d highly recommend this summit, if you are walking the 2km path then it would be best done first thing in the day or last thing in the evening if the attempt is made in high season!


View to the North of the Island


View to the Interior of the Island

TIME CALLSIGN BAND MODE RST RSR OPERATOR SIG REF
06:24 F4WBN 20m SSB 59 58 Christian
06:26 SP9JKL 20m SSB 59 55 Jerzy
06:27 SV3IEG 20m SSB 59 57 Dinos
06:28 EA2DT 20m SSB 57 42 Manuel
06:30 S56IHX 20m SSB 59 57 Marjan
06:31 S52AU 20m SSB 55 53 Borut
06:31 DJ2MX 20m SSB 59 41 Mario
06:31 SV3IEG 20m SSB 59 55 Dinos
06:54 EC6DX 17m SSB 59 55 Jose
06:54 DL7CX 17m SSB 59 55 Dr.
06:55 DJ4FF 17m SSB 55 53 Robert
06:56 DJ2MX 17m SSB 59 55 Mario
06:59 EC6DX 15m SSB 59 31 Jose
07:00 9A1AA 15m SSB 59 59 IVO
07:03 HA6PJ 15m SSB 55 57 János
07:04 SV3RPQ 15m SSB 59 57 ANDREAS
07:05 EA7GV 15m SSB 55 52 JOSE
07:06 EA3EVL 15m SSB 44 55 PABLO
07:13 9A/DD5CF/P 10m SSB 55 33 Colin
07:22 DL6MST 10m SSB 57 54 Klaus
07:22 OK2PDT 10m SSB 57 57 JAN
07:23 OK1KT 10m SSB 55 57 VRATISLAV
07:33 DL1FU 30m CW 559 339 Friedrich
07:34 IK2LEY/IS0 30m CW 559 549 SOTA IS0/IS-025
07:52 IV3FPX 20m CW 579 579 Boris
07:54 G4OBK 20m CW 579 439 Philip
07:56 ON7GO 20m CW 449 339 Philippe
07:58 UW7CN 20m CW 579 599 Alexander


Mandatory Rhodes Goat Photo


Setting Up

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I think it has been suggested before but the app “Easy QTH Locator” seems to be faultless in operation

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Thanks for the suggestion. I use HamGps on Android which generate Lat/Long and 10 character Maidenhead which is ace.

Regards, Mark

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Wow, Mark, This brings back so many wonderful memories of visits to what I called Paradise on earth. I actually mountain bike Back packed round the whole Island in my youth, shame most of my visits were before SOTA existed. The last visit to this lovely island, we got up the 4 Pointer “Ataviros” , I didn’t qualify as only had an FT60 and its own rubber duck. I did though link back into UK via the Echolink Repeater, which was novel and fun.

Thanks for a great report and for bringing back memories of my backpacking days there.

best 73 Tony

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