On April, 16th I planned to activate Monte Escuro, CU/SM-003 and CU/SM-009 Pico da Cruz.
But a thunderstorm warning till noon from meteo office…So, I dropped this plan. 😦
Instead, I decided to activate CU/SM-003 Monte Escuro on the afternoon and postponed CU/SM-009 to another trip to S. Miguel island.
Just after 14h local I went to Monte Escuro base (889 m) and start climbing. After a 0.5 km I stopped to take a photo of the outstanding scenery.
Gosh! I forgot the camera in the car. 🙂
OK, no problem. I will take photos with the mobile phone.
Gosh! No available space. 😦
Let’s move on and forget photos.
I will return one day!
As usual in the Azores islands, the wx change very rapidly and soon after I was inside a dense cloud. No heavy rain but a naughty rain.
Went to the top, just near the trig point and soon I’m on the air.
Start with 40 m but the few and weak signals told me to move.
I tried the 20m band and shortly after I’m in the business…
After 24m I had 8 QSOs and a trip to return…
My large poncho worked as supposed, giving shelter to the MTR-3B and battery.
The “Rite in the Rain” notebook proved to be an valuable asset. Logged all QSOs without problems even in this wet environnement.
Also, my 3 band (pico) trapped dipole worked FB (thank you Richard!)
So, I start descending, with a very changeable weather which allowed, from time to time, to have glimpses of the north and south shore lines. Wow !
Despite the lack of photos (I love to photograph…) all went ok.
Another summit to visit again, for sure!
Thank you chasers!