Why not combine outdoor activities you like with a SOTA operation?
Yesterday, I activated Mont Victor-Tremblay, in a winter multiactivities challenge I gave myself.
I finally started hiking at 1445UTC at least 1h30 late on schedule as this outing changed for a family outing, meaning gtting stuff for kids ready etc…
Took about 2h15 to get to activation point. Weather was around min 4 C, but min 6 at summit, as its always the case on Victor-Tremblay, colder on summit.
At 1700UTC quickly setup my station. Began CQing on 20 and quickly have one station on log. And then, have no takers, event not heard by some other stations CQing on band, Tought something was wrong with my rig as the led display was dimming everytime I sent signals. Opened the rig to change batteries (I brought a pack of fresh ones) to find out one of the AA batteries had blown in my rig. Gently removed the cells, cleaned as well as I could despite having nothing to do this, installed fresh batteries and back on the air.
MAnged to get 2 stations on the air but I had difficult time getting takers. As wind was getting harsh, and being tired after the 2h15 hike with the gear on my back, including my snowboard, found a 4th station somewhere and decided to call it quit.
Around 1830UTC, I get on my snowboard and ride to the bottom of VE2/SG-006 by one of the Valinouet ski resort trail.
Wow! I really enjoyed this kind of extreme ham radio adventure. Hope next time I’ll be able to get earlier on summit to give Eu the points…
My souvenir video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vs0utTtXfo
73 happy new year and CUL!