A nice fire warden – CT/BL-027, Semide

Activation date: 17AGO2016

While the Wx was cloudy and dry I had 2 nice surprises on this activation:

  1. The fire warden which was on duty in the fires tower was a nice guy!
    I explained him what I’ was doing, what is SOTA, etc. Then he allowed me to have the EFLW tie to the balcony’s rail (around the fire tower).
    But more than that, he lowered the radio volume to do not disturb the morse signals!…. 🙂 🙂
    Indeed a nice guy!
  2. CT7AGT, Joaquim Baldaia, answered to my 144.05/CW! I must to confess that I never thought that he could answer (+200km away; 3 W max in a SlimJim antenna…).
    It was 5*****! 🙂

I called 144.3/SSB to check that I don’t need to carry a mic anymore, if I carry an phone headphone, but no answer.

5 minutes after CQing I had 5 QSOs. So the activation end with 2 S2S, 7 CW QSO; 1 on 20m, 5 on 40m and 1 on 2 m!
I called on the 6 m band but no answer.

Because I had plenty of time, I took advantage of the preciousous location to make some photos and chat a while with Ruben.

The summit access could be done with a regular car (but I left the car in the paved road)





Balance Rock – CT/BA-013, Nossa Senhora do Castelo

Activation date: 31JUL2016

This is a drive in summit, in this nice interior region of Portugal.

At the time I arrived to the summit, the sky is fullk of clouds and mist.
20 minutes later the sun is warm and all the clouds and mist disappeared!
However, 2 issues are against CT1DBS/p:
– HF propagation
– A place to erect the pole

So, a single 40m/CW QSO was made with CT2IWW.
The qualification was made in the 2m/FM (4 QSOs).
All QSOs between 1055z and 1112z.

I’lle back to this one another time…




View to the chapel of Nossa Senhora do Castelo


The “real” summit…


The mist is going away…


The summit is supported by 2 small rocks…


The possible antenna….


The sus was shinning just after the end of the activation…


Cows near the road

A rock in the air! – CT/BA-010, Pedra Posta

Activation date: 31JUL2016

I wake up early at my father-in-law’s house…Then I realized the weather was worst then previously day. So what ?…

Take my backpack and started the journey trough some typical villages, across rural interior Portugal.

At Noninha, I park the car and proceed by the track. The track starts at the entry of the village and goes to the trig point. It has signs to those who hike and follows along a dirt track and the by a pathway.
Nice walking!

At some point I left the clouds and the summit mountain could be seen at the distance.

Near the summit it’s possible to look a chapel in a near summit. What a nice view, with the mist, the clouds and the sun…(photo below)

At the summit, the “on air” trig point was used to erect the EFLW antenna.
10 CW QSOs were made; 9 in the 40m band and 1 in the 20 m (0820 to 0856z).
Propagation wasn’t that good!

The most noticeable QSO was with CT1MH, António Cardoso. He use to be an SSB operator… 🙂
Now I have the honor of  CW contact with him, at 6 or less WPM…

All journey starts with a small step… 🙂