Thursday, 9 July 2015

Night SOTA activation in EA5

With the high temperatures of the recent heat wave, I decided to go for a night activation near our holiday QTH, accompanied by some relatives.

I started on 17m with the 9m random wire antenna at 21.00z. First response was from KC3RT followed by JH1MDJ. ... can´t complain about that!
20m SSB, 30m  & 40m CW were relatively quiet...not that many chasers in EU at that time of the day. Ignacio EA2BD helped me with the spots and tipped me off to go back to 17m to work YN7SU...

As the night closed in, the temperature started to drop and found condensation water all over the gear. As I was about to pack, I saw a message from Guru EA2IF on Whatsapp who just came home from celebrating San Fermin in his home town of Pamplona. I QSYed to work him on 40m before closing down.

As we were leaving, we stopped to contemplate the great views towards the Mediterranean Sea.

View of  Benicassim from SOTA summit Penya EA5/CS-018  - 23.00z

Great fun & contacts on my first night activation... & a must repeat!

73 Angel 

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

QRV /P from the beach - EA5 Castellon JN00aa

I was qrv from the beach in EA5 Castellon - JN00aa last night

Temperature at 21.00z was 27C, pleasant with the sea breeze. The propagation accompanied too, with a lot of callers coming back to my CQ calls until about 21.30z

55 QSOs in about 2hrs of CW operation 

DX: JAx5, K4, UN & partial with FK8DD/M
I also heard Korea & Brazil very loud, but were too busy.

Equipment: FT-817ND, 1/4wave ground plane on at 7m pole.

I will be back tonight and possibly another day this week in the evening.

M0HDF @ JN00aa - 21.15z

73 de Angel EA/M0HDF/P