All radio amateurs are invited to participate in Portugal’s National SOTA Day, tomorrow April 1st, an event that is meant to both highlight and encourage participation on the Summits on The Air program.
The “party-on-the-air” is also meant to celebrate SOTA – Portugal´s sixth year in activity, started precisely on this day, in 2011.
Long time and current participants, as well as amateur radio clubs, are particularly encouraged to invite other amateur operator´s to tag along their planned activities in order to increase the program’s awareness.
Certificates (electronically sent) will be available to activators, chasers and SWL registered on SOTA´s Database and after the upload of their day´s logs.
No other rules apply other than the Summits on The Air own set of procedures.
This is not a contest, just another way of enjoying and celebrating SOTA´s unique pleasure of amateur radio activity.
All queries regarding Portugal´s National SOTA Day 2017 should be sent to his email (lookup QRZ.COM) or diasotaCT@gmail.com
The following station annouced their intentioon to activate one summit tomorrow, April 1st, to celebrate the CT National SOTA DAY (no special order)
CT2IUV; CT2IWW; CT7AGT; CT2GSN; CT1BHG; CT1MH; CT2JLS; CS7ALM; CS7AGH; CT1DYH; CT5JLD; CR7AKX; CT2ISX; CT2GQI; CT1DTE; CT1END; CT1REP; CT7ABE; CT1GZB; CT1DJG; CT1ERC; CT1ETL; CT4RK; CT1DBS; CS7AFM; CT2IXQ; CS5LX; CR5RFV; CT1DOV; CT2HKC; CR7APN; CT2HOV, CT1HIX, CT2HTY.
After long time without any Sota activation due to a respiratory infection, the weather forecast indicates that Sunday will be a sunny day. 🙂
It will be a cold but sunny day!
So, I decided to give a try to my lungs!
Early in the morning I went to Serra da Freita Power station and parked the car.
It was a perfect day for this time of the year, with a cold and strong wind. But who cares ?
My first bad decision was to take advantage of a tree instead of erecting the fishing pole.
A rock helped to launch the string over the tree. Then the rope get tangled in a branch.
The half burned pine tree shown no cooperation… Fires in the summer are enough. A SOTA activator seems to be too much!
But one should never give up, right ?!
Second launch and the rope was not in the correct position. So, I pulled a little.
Bingo! The rock turn around a branch and now is firmly tie to the stubborn pine tree!
Pulled from several directions and nothing!
So, the fishing pole was used to untie the rope and the rock .
Problem solved just after 40 min… 😦
Another small pine tree are waiting to hang the end of the rope…
Easy one. The rock will be used as weight.
My thought at that time was”…unwrap the wire, erect the fishing pole and it’s done. I will be on air.”
But things are never that easy…The small twigs left by the burn bushes made the task very difficult. The wire get rolled up and… It seems to be an easy task!…
At this point I start laughing ! It took me over 1 hour just to have the wire in the air!
Everything set, let’s CQ CQ on 60m…
What could go wrong ?!
I notice something strange in the SWR of the KX-2. At beginning the tune is perfect and SWR=1:1. Shortly after the SWR increased!
I stop. Checked SWR with ATU: “All systems go”…
Starting CQ again. CQ CQ CQ SOTA DE [SWR going up]. Stop.
Less power. Same problem…
Let’s give a try in another band. Same behavior!
Forcing CQ, I get one spot on 14 MHz (6 dB SNR in G-land)…
ZERO answers, no QSOs!
One must to understand when it’s a “no day”! 🙂
So let’s enjoy the mountain and forget SOTA, i e, phase 2 of Sunday.
On 1st April 2017 we celebrate six years of SOTA program in Portugal.
So, we invite all amateur radio operators to take part in those celebrations named National SOTA Day 2017, which will take place on April 1, 2017 (Saturday).
The essence of the celebrations is to have multiple summit activations all over the country on this day.
Last year almost 50 activators in 21 SOTA summits produced 750+ QSOs (7 MHz to 1.3 GHz).
Despite the bad wx and propagation conditions Portuguese callsigns (CT/CS/CR/CU) in SOTA ref were in Portugal mainland , Azores and France.
The activity aims to promote the SOTA program and allow sensitize the amateur radio community for this kind of healthy and funny activity.
Although there are certificates to the participants (activators and chasers), the National SOAT Day – 2017, as well as the SOTA program, it’s not a contest.
It will be a “SOTA on-the-air party” and therefore all amateur radio operators are invited.
All Portuguese clubs were invited to join the activity.
All amateur radio operators who are Activators are specially invited and encouraged to bring other hams or prospective hams for activation, enabling others to experience a SOTA activation.
It is suggested that the activations should take place:
• From 09.00 and 18.30 (local time) on April 1, 2017;
• Using their own call sign (/ p);
• Using the simplest possible equipment (QRP in most cases, including portable radios V / UHF);
• In SOTA summits with the highest possible score:
• In the amateur’s radio operator area;
• In any CT/CU/CT3 summit.
The KISS concept (simplicity, simplicity, simplicity …) will be used throughout the activity: The only rule is to comply with SOTA rules and having fun!
As explained before, there will be certificates to the participants who activate a summit (by SOTA rules) or have a QSO with one activator/summit on that day (chasers or SWL). Other than that, they should send photos or videos of their SOTA activity to CTsotaday@gmail.com
This will be a great opportunity to chasers abroad Portugal.
Please feel free to ask any questions to the email.
In behalf of National SOTA day organization,
Some photos of last year
CS7AJM and CT2IXQ – CT/BT-004
CS5ARC team – CT/BL-002
CT1HIX – CT/MN-044
CT1MH and CR7ALM – CT/BL-021 and CT7BL-026
CS7AGH – CT/ES-005
CT/RB-001 and CT/BL-020 Group (left to right: CT7ABE, CS7AFI, CT1BWU, CT7AGR, CT1DBS)
11/12/2016 AM Text in English will be placed here ASAP
Rapidamente combinado na noite anterior com o João Fragoso, CT7ABE, pelas 09h30 deste domingo seguimos a curta viagem até ao sopé do Monte Serves.
Ao longe as pás das eólicas quase não rodavam com falta de vento e, apesar de alguma humidade, o sol mostrava-se num céu pouco nublado.
Um dia perfeito para uma activação SOTA! 🙂🙂🙂
Fomos apreciando as vistas na rápida subida e, ao chegarmos lá em cima, cada montou o seu shack, costas com costas, no marco geodésico de primeira ordem.
O CT7ABE usou 5W num dipolo com traps e este escriba usou 5W, numa antena end fed long wire, sendo que a parte mais alta do fio estava suportado nos cabos telefónicos que atravessam a zona…
Combinadas as bandas de trabalho, lá fomos alternando e tentando não interferir um com o outro.
Contudo, na zona, sentia-se, por vezes, uma forte emissão que além de QRM propriamente dito chegou a dessensibilizar o RX… 😦
Isto foi sentido pelos 2, sendo que a situação afectou mais o CT7ABE/p. 😦
Às 10h41 fiz o primeiro QSO, em 20m/CW, seguindo-se, depois, mais 16.
Dos 17 QSOs há a registar os simpáticos factos:
– Dois QSOs com estações CT em CW;
– Um QSO com ZL (Nova Zelândia), já confirmado via Clublog;
– Um S2S com o CT7AFR/p.
Antes que alguém pergunte, o rápido QSO com o CT7AFR foi feito em SSB, utilizando o microfone de um auricular e, confesso (!!!), com 10W PEP (aumentei a potência do KX-2 para o nível máximo que ainda é considerado QRP)…
Este QSO foi feito pelo meio de italianos e logo a seguir a um QSO do CT7AFR com o Manuel, EA2DT, que também é “cliente habitual” desta estação aquando de activações SOTA…
Uma radiosa manhã de sol que deu para espairecer as pernas e fazer rádio.
It was raining when I set off from home but after a while the sun is shining…Well, I thought, maybe this is a good idea!
On the road, start climbing the mountain my feeling drift a while: Rain and wind…Reaching the military barracks I realized that I’m in the middle of cloud for quite some time.
But rain and wind are also natural elements. So, wearing my hiking clothes and my backpack I started walking along the trail that lead to Nossa Senhoras da Neves (Our lady of Snow)
The trail were fixed from past problems. Essencials signs are clear now. 🙂
With a better weather that would be a worderfull walk!
Reaching the activaing zone, the weather is roaring (literaly) – See video
I took shelter near the Chapel of S. João Batista (the higher chapel in the summit), leaving behind the chapel of Nossa Senhora das Neves, which stay by the side of the road that heads to Portuguese Air Force radar station.
I found a small cubicle open, on the right side of the chapel. Even so, humidity was abundant in the interior
I used the holes in the rock wall to have a shack. The fishing pole and the EFLW was attached to a garden seat on the south façade. The RG-174 was runing along the unique window of the cubicle.
While avoiding to make a shelter with a tarp 🙂 I had to use my rite-in-the-rain notebook to log in the QSOs, because my usual notebook was almost wet!
I kept equipped because of humidity and cold. Also, the op position was standing up because that’s the unique position where the all the wiring was ok.
Started CQing on the 40m band but no answer.
I tried to hear CT2GSN and CT7ABG, that should be in MN summit (North of Portugal) but no luck.
This was happening in a day where I prepare everything to do a SSB QSO…
Next time, I guess!
CQing on the 20m gave me the qualification for this summit quickly. I made 10 QSO in a row, followed by 4 more in the 18 MHz… And I went off because of the weather.
Sometimes my gloves were taken off during QSOs because I’m struggling to use the CW paddle with gloves on. The gloves are waterproof…
Need more training with gloves on!
Descent with “usual weather”…
I tried to visit the Royal Ice Factory (18th century) but a heavy rain and a tight time table sent me back home!
Now, all stuff are drying, knowing that the KX-2 should almost waterproof…
Well cared trail
Passing by Nossa Senhora das Neves
Selfie with Chapel of S. João batista
Selfie with fishing pole and EFLW
My antenna farm, Chapel of S. João Batista and repeater tower in the mist