Eric June, KU6J passed away unexpectedly on January 8, 2016
He was a great CW op and SOTA enthusiast as both activator and chaser
More than that he was the creator of Reverse Beacon Network software.
He will be sadly missed !
A big thank you to Eric for all his work. RIP
Better Wx than in CT/BL-012, which I activated 3 hours before.
25 QSO’s all CW on 7 and 14 MHz. Between those I had the pleasure to contact Phil, G4OBK whom had been with us recently in Lisbon.
Remainder: I must do some more CW training with gloves on.
I made several calls on 28 MHz but no answers.
Cold and almost absence of wind.
Dirt track always climbing. At the time I returned to the car the night already fall.
Nice and standard activation
View to the north of the dirt track
View to the Northeast of the dirt track (climbing)
Arriving to the summit
From the end of the antenna
Trig point and wind mill (in the fog)
View from the op position
After a working day that started very very early…
Temp around 4ºC, wind moderate, some rain
On the summit a weird situation (see photos):
- To the South, cloudy and foggy
- To the North, clear sky
9 quick QSO’s. The first one was my first S2S on SSB (7 MHz), with CT2IUV, Nuno. He is at CT/TM-018 Serra do Leiranço, 182 Km north.
My signal to Nuno’s position is weak but at 3 W and a 2.95 Euros mic in the KX-3….
First time I used the bothy bag!…
The trig in the distance
Wire antenna and pine tree as support
The trig point with the SOTA flag
Cloud “division” North South
Inside the bothy bag
Finished work too late. I know it’s an easy access. So, try to do the activation!
Arrived at sunset. Cold (1 to -1ºC), too windy. No support for the fishing pole.
I spotted and call several times in the 40 and 20 m band.
All odds seems to be against because band conditions are really bad.
With the night fall I faced reality. 350 km to drive home, no lunch,cold, wind, granite soil…
I leave at night with the promise: I will do this one another day!
View at night – South
View at night – East
Cold but nice WX.
14 QSO in quck activation (and time at the summit).
WOW! See the photos. Or visit this summit. It will be much more enjoyable!
As previous activation of this summit the Wx in the worst possible.
Quick activation and return to safety ASAP.
Sorry but no photos taken. The rain was horizontal and the wind is blowing like a whistle!
Safety should come first!
With a group of amateur radio friends activating CT/ES-007, Senhora do Socorro.
Cold but calm Wx
27 QSOs, using HF CW and VHF FM.
This is Fort: Fort plan!
The trig is “wrapped” by the monument
CT/ES-009 in the distance
CT/ES-009 gang (CT5GJH, CT1DTE, CR7AKX, CT1GZB). Missing CT1DYH (taking the picture) and CT1END
CT/ES-009 indication about the use of visual signals from that location and operating position of CT1GZB
Near by Figueira da Foz. Over the ocean (west) and the mountains (east).
Fantastic view under clear sky.
Good propagation conditions.
Good location (table, great AZ, etc).
21 QSO, including across the pond.
Atlantic Ocean (west)
Cold and windy.
11 QSO . A magnificent view !
Old chapel in the base of the summit
Dirt track to the summit
CT/BL-002 seen from here