Hi SOTA Addicts!
I decided to activate HA/KM-028 in commemoration of Papa Fritz, HB9RE. Unfortunetely, even if I wanted to, I had not been able to surpass Vlado’s record. I logged 245 complete QSOs, including 8 S2S QSOs.
Luckily the WX was mild; +12…14 °C degrees, no rain and not too much wind. I was operating my IC-746 at full (125W) output from a 42 Ah FIAMM GS battery, using a 9 m long telescopic fishing rod as a GP, with a variable tapping lengthening coil in the bottom, plus 8 full size radials.
The activity was surprisingly good, especially from East direction! I was astonished to log 56 stations from the former Soviet Union, mainly Russia and Ukraine, but I had a few QSOs from White-Russia, Moldavia and the ES and LY also. There was an increasing interest from Romania as well. ( QSOs. N.b. I tried to instigate YO5BRZ Pali when I met him at a HA HAM meeting in July that he would initiate establishing their SOTA section. (He was interested in SOTA, as he also has collected almost all the possible DXCC, WAZ, IOTA awards. Unfortunately he seems to have forgotten it…) I logged 3 DX stations (2x 4X and 1x RA9). I also enjoyed the 21 Italian stations calling even is they were not really disciplined… They kept calling me even if I asked a specific call fraction only.
I operated my IC-746 @ 125W output from a 42 Ah FIAMM GS battery, into a 9m long telescopic fishing rod as a GP with a tunable lengthening coil connected to the bottom and 8 full size radials. I enjoyed each and every minute of this activation. Thanks for your activity and calling me!
Thanks for HA5LV noting me that my activation qualifies for HAFF-018 as well! Unfortunately I did not know about this until Viktor called me, so I gave non-intentionally an inadequate reply for some of you asking me about FF reference. Sorry…
At 14:45 I gave up my attempt to surpass Vlado’s record as I was too hungry, thirsty, tired, already also felt cold and it stared getting dark…
I wish merry Christmas and happy New Year for all the SOTA fans!
73: Joska, HA5CW