after the short sota-activation yesterday i could not resist ... and activated another summit today. the weather was very nice, clear blue sky and lot's of sun simply made the sota-day perfect.
the ascend to this summit is rather easy, because there is a road leading almost up to the peak. only about 15 minutes of walking with only about 100m in height. but as my backpain (i have it since december last year) has not disappeared completely it's good that i chose this one.
i did some improvements to my vhf-antennas ... i now use a telescopic antenna for 2m/70cm with about 1m length. my qso-partners said it makes a big difference. for transmitting my aprs-beacon while walking up/down the summit i use a rubber-duck antenna. i will have to check out if it works satisfying.
on 2m i was able to make several contacts, even though it was a weekday. the 40m-band was very crowded and it was not too easy to find a clear spot without spoiling the other hams qso's. the shortwave-equipment stayed the same ... ic-703 and the mp-1 antenna. i think it's a perfect setup for sota (if you can live with the fact that the ic-703 can't do 2m/70cm).
the reception reports were quite good, most of the signals were copied loud and clear. on 14mhz there was a good skip to great britain and scandinavia. after 90 minutes and with 56 contacts in the log i switched off my rig and started the descend.
56 contacts with 19 countries on oe/oo-316