New summit R9U/SO-072 in winter.
Of course, this is not quite winter, there is still little snow, but the frost was already quite real - minus 16 centigrade.Together with RA9WPV we went to the mountains to open the winter season, activate a new summit and at the same time celebrate my birthday.
Just a little over 200 km along mountain roads - and we are in the center of the Ural mountains, on the edge of civilization.
When the mountainside became impassable for our cars, we went on foot among the trees. covered with hoarfrost.
The top of the mountain was covered with forest, only the eastern slopes were free.
A 14 MHz dipole is suitable for this case, it was simply stretched between birches. Fiberglass mast pole came in handy for catching the antenna among the branches.
My homemade SOTA transceiver sang with CW signals…
Behind me was one of the largest ridges of the Southern Urals - Zigalga.
I hoped for good propogation, but to my surprise, the received RST were rarely better than 559. From my side, not every correspondent was heard on S = 9. Of course, not any DX from other continents. Perhaps this is the effect of a low (about 5 meters) suspension of the horizontal polarization antenna. Only 26 QSO…
After half an hour, my friend began to freeze, Alex left his down jacket in the camp. We decided to finish and go down. In the evening, my birthday was celebrated around the fire. The radio was left in the backpack. In the morning - the way home.
The winter travel season has begun!