Very sad news – Eric June, KU6J – SK

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

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Foggy activation: CT/BL-003 Serra do Vidual

20JAN2016

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

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View to the north of the dirt track

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View to the Northeast of the dirt track (climbing)

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Dirt track

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Arriving to the summit

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From the end of the antenna

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Trig point and wind mill (in the fog)

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Working conditions

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View from the op position

 

CC: Cloudy and cold activation : CT/BL-012 Pampilhosa da Serra

29JAN2016

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!…

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The trig in the distance

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Wire antenna and pine tree as support

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The trig point with the SOTA flag

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Cloud “division” North South

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Inside the bothy bag

Non activation!!!! CT/BA-011, Seixo Amarelo

13JAN2016

 

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.

Zero QSOs!

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!

Move on…

 

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Sunset

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View at night – South

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View at night – East

 

 

S2S on sight – CT/ES-005 Monte Alqueidão

27DEC2015

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.

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Arriving

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This is Fort: Fort plan!

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SOTA flag

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The trig is “wrapped” by the monument

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CT/ES-009 in the distance

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CT/ES-009 gang (CT5GJH, CT1DTE, CR7AKX, CT1GZB). Missing CT1DYH (taking the picture) and CT1END

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CT/ES-009 indication about the use of visual signals from that location and operating position of CT1GZB