SOTA Atlas

Do you remember those atlas that contained information about the world we lived in?

Manuel, HB9DQM, has just published a website named SOTLAS (Sota atlas) that contains important information for SOTA activators and chasers. 🙂

Take a look at https://sotl.as/map

Well done Manuel!

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Portuguese amateur radio clubs united against 2 meter French reallocation proposal

On Saturday, 6th, 17 Portuguese amateur radio clubs – including IARU and EURAO representatives – came together in the city of Santarém to devise a common course of action in response to the recent proposal to reallocate the amateur 2 meter band to the Aeronautical service that, if not opposed soon, will be on the table at the WRC2023.

The meeting took place at the headquarters of ARR, the local amateur radio club, who provided the space for the meeting and, for those who couldn’t be present, teleconference equipment.

At the end of the conference, the group agreed on a common strategy to follow and elected a representative body of five elements that will hand deliver a written statement, signed by all club representatives, next Monday, the 15th, to ANACOM, Portugal´s telecommunications regulatory body.

Earlier in the week, the regulator responded to several radio clubs and individual amateur radio operators that had sent letters urging the opposition to the French proposal to reallocate the 2 meter band to the aeronautical service know as PTA(19)090R1.

ANACOM´s amateur radio head officer wrote back, saying that it “made a note” of the objections and that was inviting “external entities” to attend a preparatory meeting of the team representing Portugal in WRC2023, that will take place next Monday, the 15th, at ANACOM´s headquarters, in downtown Lisbon.

On a public note distributed on Sunday afternoon, the attending clubs made their intentions public, noting that all “vehemently repudiate” the French proposal and urged the Portuguese government to oppose PTA(19)090R1 “on all instances, both at CEPT and ITU”.

Yesterday, the 9th, the representative body announced that three more clubs officially joined the petition, make 20 the number of amateur radio clubs that are signing the document.

Activation CT/ES-004, Monte Manique, 27JAN2019, AM

Activation with CT7ABE, João Fragoso.

Meteo ok, no rain, North wind… The wind child drop the temp to 7C, aprox.

First QSO with SA4BLM, at 09h15.

The surprise of the day happened when John, ZL1BYZ, ansererd my calls, at 09h21! 🙂

15 QSOs. (9/20m, 6/40m). 40m was noisy at beginning due a contest….

TKS chasers!

Some photos:

CT/BA-003, CT/BA-012, CT/BL-004 – 13JAN2019

Galeria de imagens no final

No último Domingo, 13Jan2019, activei CT/BA-003, S. Macário, CT/BA-012, Candal e CT/BL-004, Serra da Freita (por esta ordem).

CT/BA-003 – S. Macário.

Primeiro QSO foi às 0759 e o último às 0844 (14 QSOs).

Quando parei o carro junto à base de S. Macário, o termómetro marcava -4° C.

Cheguei ao topo ao amanhecer. Lindíssimo! 😊

Uma activação com uma excelente surpresa: O CT2HOV, Nuno Pereira Gomes, apareceu, a fundo de escala, em VHF/FM tal como havia prometido. 🙂

E repetiu a dose no Candal!

Um grande obrigado ao Nuno pelo acompanhamento. E obrigado ao Jose Maria Gomes, CT7ABG e ao Freitas Nuno, CT2IUV por tentarem.

Esta coisa do SOTA tem muito de solidariedade!

TKS DR OMs!

CT/BA-012 – Candal

Deixei o carro junto ao Parque de Campismo do Refúgio da Fraguinha e comecei a seguir o trilho que leva até perto do cume, num vale onde corre um ribeiro.

Era linda a vegetação e espero que volte a ser…😡😡😡😱😱

Está em obras e parece que vai ser um estradão…

Espero que a vegetação, abundante, que ladeava todo o trilho volte a ser reposta para que volte a ser um agradável trilho de montanha!

A obra está ser feita pela CM de S. Pedro do Sul e apresenta-se como as fotografias demonstram. ☹

Depois de 20 QSOs desmontei rapidamente a estação /p e fui para baixo em “passo de corrida” dado que, com um adiamento da hora de almoço talvez ainda desse para fazer CT/BL-004, Serra da Freita… 😊

Ainda tomei um café no Parque de Campismo e carro ao caminho…

Aquela Serra é muito bonita!

CT/BL-004 – Serra da Freita

Chegado a CT/BL-004, cerca das 1255, foi montar a estação e fazer 20 QSOs “a correr” que o almoço estava em suspenso.

Aqui já não houve QSO com o Nuno porque a bateria “deu os pontos…”

Em suma, um Domingo frio e soalheiro, “suadamente” passado nos cumes da região centro:

Um privilégio poder usufruir desta actividade que nos leva a sítios tão bonitos e a praticar duas fantásticas actividades, em simultâneo! 😊

Palm Radio keys

Dieter Engels, DJ6TE of Palm Radio, announced in his site, the close of Palm Radio.
So, no more keys from them… 😦

His words are:

“For health reasons, and after the passing of Brunhilde (DK7SN), Uli (DL2BAT) und Klaus (DL9SKE) I am not able to continue PALM RADIO in its current form.

I will only deliver remaining stock, for inquiries please email dieter@palm-radio.de”

Palm Radio is a well-known manufacturer of portable morse paddles.

I have a Pico paddle that I used in several SOTA activation. It’s awsome!

CT SOTA National Day, April 1st!

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.

73

Failed activation! CT/BL-004, Serra da Freita

19FEB2017, AM

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.

And that went smoothly! (Look at the pictures…)

Vy 73 de Pedro, CT1DBS (formerly CT1DBS/p…) 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

CT/ES-002 – A garden, a palace, a view and CW novices!

18DEZ2016 AM

 

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Perfect sunday morning at CT/ES-010, Monte Serves

11/12/2016 AM
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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.

Obrigado aos caçadores!

73 do Pedro, CT1DBS