The bilberries are getting ripe and it is time for my annual tour though the dark woods of Sweden…
Wednesday the 28th of July I will start a two-week SOTA tour through Värmland and Dalarna Counties in Sweden. I will start with VL-023 sometime during the late afternoon the same day. Next will be VL-019 during the early morning of the 29th. After that I will activate two or three summits à day in the same manner as I did last year.
The primary aim is to activate all the new summits in Värmland County that have been added to the list this year plus the one I missed last year, that is: VL-003, VL-016, VL-017, VL-018, VL-019, VL-020, VL-021, VL-022 och VL-023. That done I will move over to the southern half of Dalarna County and work as many of them as I can. Finally I will move back to Mölndal via OR-001 and OR-002 (and perhaps OG-001). I have to be back in Mölndal the 10th of August. Theoretically I could bag as many as 36 summits, but it´s highly doubtful if I have enough stamina to do that many.
I will use an ATS-4 with an ATS-3B.1 as backup. The output power will thus be around 4 watts. The antenna I will use will be an End Fed Half-wave with a reflector. For more info on the antenna look at the bottom of this page: http://hem.bredband.net/b101180/Portable%20end-fed.html
As last year you will find me almost exclusively on 10118 kHz. Only on rare occasions I will move down to 7032 kHz.
Håkan / SM6EQO