Wednesday, 25 June 2014

EA5 - CASTELLON Activations

19.06.2014 Penya EA5/CS-018

I decided to go for an activation in the morning with the mountain bike (29er Trek Xcaliber,.. nice ride if you are into bikes). It was 1.30am local time by the time my brother in law finished giving me directions on google maps...

EA5/CS-018 Penya is rarely activated summit (I was the 2nd activation). It is about 12km and 500m up from the village. It was a nice ride up, except the point where I got the wrong turn and ended up going up the wrong track, 30min later a 100m+ elevation i decided to go back to find the right track as I did not want to hike 2-3km up a narrow trail with the bike on my shoulder. 

It was fairly hot, about 27-28C and the sun was hammering down just past mid day.
I worked about 13 stations on 20m and moved to 40m, after a few calls with no response, I turned the dial and worked EF6 - URE´s special callsign for Felipe VI King of Spain proclamation. 
Before leaving I changed the switch on the multiband EFHW to 30m and worked ON4FI.

As usual - HB1B, pk+, mini paddle & mountain tuner and multiband efhw with a 7m pole.

The most fun was riding down to the village on an old 1st class mountain pass local road. I could not help either but get a siesta after lunch as I was pretty knackered after the ride.

21.06.2014 Bartolo EA5/CS-017

We drove up to the Col de la Mola. The summit is about 2.5Km and 200m up from there. We followed the route via the masset and returned along the ridge. The views of the Mediterranean sea are fantastic from up there.

WX: Sunny, 29C. 
Gear: I used the usual gear but this time I went for a new homebrew 44´doublet, fed with an open wire parallel line (28´) and a KI6J backpacker 4:1 Guanella balun, tuned with the elecraft T1.
The doublet broadside was oriented towards the N-E so we could work EU stations.
I used a 7m sota pole to support the centre of the doublet and two pine trees to elevate the ends which ended up about 3.5m of the ground.
The antenna worked pretty well in the 3 bands used (40,30,20m), with very good reports.

We worked 35 stations in about 55min on the air.
Prefixes worked: CT, EA2, EU, DL, OM, DF, I, EA1, PA, HB9, OK, G, OE, EA4, GW, EA5, F.

Many thanks to all the Chasers for another great activation.


Bartolo Crew at the top

Views of Benicasim and Castellon de la Plana from Bartolo summit

Views from the return trail along the ridge

Espadan EA5/CS-014
WX: summer T-storms, party cloudy, 19C
It is a beautiful area and slightly cooler than up the province.
The hike is about 450m ascent and 2.7km from the Collado in the west side, that took us 58min.
It was blue sky clear when we started, but as we approached the summit we started to hear the thunders again in the distance and clouds starting to close in.
We went for a very very quick activation, 5-6 QSO. As soon as I powered up my HB1B, I heard the storm static crashes - up to S9 and very continuous. It was a tough activation and was hard work to pull the callsigns out of the noise.

I used my homebrew 44' doublet and T1 again. The summit was friendly to this type of layout.

Thanks to all the Chasers and I was sorry we could not stay longer, but the storm was closing in quickly. We went down fast very quickly (in 28min!!)

I have downloaded the app for the lightning detector, it will be handy in future activations.

Trail start
Ice storage stone building

Approaching Espadan Summit
Station: HB1B, T1, KI6J balun, pk+, mini paddle, 44' doublet

QTH at the summit

West views from Espadan: path goes along the ridge

North - West Views from Espadan Summit

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