Friday, 20 June 2014

Le Massif Central Activations, France

16.06.2014 - Puy Mary, F-MC-004

We were only able to do 30 & 40m due to the WX. One hr at the summit @ 1783m ASL
Wx: Cloudy with spells of sun and 15-20kph wind and 15C. (Although it was not windy at the top as the ridge provided good shelter)
Very nice drive through the valley, we left the car at Col du Pas de Peyrol. Beautiful place. 

200m vertical short walk to the top.
Antenna. 7m pole. 42ft of random wire + 42ft counterpoise. Connected directly to the elecraft T1 tuner + HB1B 4 Watts.
First time I used this new antenna. It was quiet on 40m, but on 30m was fb. Great reports. 

Overall. 25min "on the air" time gave 22 QSOs. 11 DXCCs.

Station equipment
Shack: 7m sotapole attached to fence supporting 42ft wire antenna

Views of Col du Peyrol from Puy Mary

Views of Puy Griou and Plom du Cantal from Puy Mary

Puy de La Poche F/MC-016 in the morning

Firstly, many thanks to all the chasers today. There was a lot of qsb and depressed conditions. Specially to DJ9MH and G4SSH who spotted us today, ... having made a mistake with the alert times with the time difference in France.

Bands used: 40 &30m
WX: vy cloudy, cold-ish 11C and 10Kph wind. 1509m ASL. 200m vertical ascent. 4.5km round trip. Nice walk through the forest. Again the ridge provided shelter from the wind. It was a quick one as it seemed it was going to rain.
HB1B, PK+, mini paddle, mountain tuner & multiband EFHW set as inverted V on a 7m pole along the ridge N-S.

Puy du Bac - F/MC-053 in the afternoon
Bands: 30 & 20m
The SMS spot service worked fb, thanks to Andy MM0FMF for setting it up on Monday.
WX: sunny, 18C, breezy. 1200m ASL. 200m ascent , 5.1k round trip from Albepierre
Massive qsb, signals appeared and disappeared quickly. Longest shots on 20m, CU & UA6. 3000+ km
Gear: HB1B, mountain tuner, multiband EFHW,PK+, mini paddle
I used a branch of a tall pine tree at ~10m to lift the 20m of multiband efhw as inverted L pointing North.

Summary of the day 
31 QSOs, 9 on 40m, 15 on 30m & 7 on 20, 12 DXCCs
2 S2S. M0IML/P & G3RDQ/P in G/SE

Special thanks to Chris F6FTB, Tof F5UBH, Adrian F5VLY & Franz OE5FSM who provided great and friendly advice  about the French summits on the SOTA reflector.

Operating position

local hyathins

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