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My first SOTA activation!

Summits On The Air - Friday 25 February 2011 23:19
On 23 februari 2011 15:00z I did my first SOTA activation! In Germany on summit DM/RP-003. "Schwarzer Mann" 697m. WX was cloudy temp was about 0C. Not very cold but after an hour, CW transmitting was getting more difficult. I made lots of errors.
The first 15 minutes nobody seems to hear me. But then there was 9A7W. My first SOTA QSO. Then again for 15 minutes nothing. Was my equipment working? Then at 15:32z G3RDQ was in the log. He put my callsign in the spot listing on the sotawatch site. That was when the pile-up started. As a beginner CW OP that was really hard. But I've managed to get 22 QSO's in the log. It was great! Reports where excellent. SOTA is fun!

Used equipment:
Yaesu FT-817ND @ 5 Watts CW 10.121 MHz.
Half wave end fed vertical on 30m band (on 15m fiber mast)
Tiny home-brew QRP longwire tuner
10m RG-58 coax (too long)
Kent paddle (too heavy. must replace this load)
10 x AA NiMh battery pack 12V - 2650 mAh
Magellan Meridian Gold GPS

SOTA sites:
http://www.sota.org.uk/
http://www.sotawatch.org/
http://www.adventureradio.de/

And now the results! 22 QSO's and 13 DXCC's entities worked!
9A DL EA G GM HA HB9 LZ OK OZ PA S5 SM

By activating DM/RP-003 "Schwarzer Mann" I earned my first 6 points. I can't wait until the next activation!

QSO's logged
Date: 23-02-2011
Summit: DM/RP-003
UTCCallBandModeRST sentRST recv
15:159A7W30mCW599599
15:32G3RDQ30mCW599579
15:39OK2SMP30mCW579599
15:41GM0OAA30mCW599579
15:42DK5WL30mCW579559
15:46DL1FU30mCW599
15:48HB9BIN30mCW599599
15:50OZ4RT30mCW599579
15:52OK1ZE30mCW599599
15:53EC2DM30mCW599599
15:54G4SSH30mCW599599
15:55OK1KT30mCW599599
15:56G0NUP30mCW599599
15:59SM7BUA30mCW559559
16:00HA5TI30mCW599569
16:02G4OOE30mCW599599
16:03PA0WDG30mCW559
16:05S57N30mCW599579
16:07S51ZG30mCW599599
16:09LZ1GC30mCW599559
16:11HA7UG30mCW599579
16:13OK2QA30mCW599599
By: Erwin PA7N | Permalink | 2 comments

Comments

Mario dc7ccc

Thursday 10 March 2011 11:59
congratulation for your first activation. 30m is always strange for SOTA. sometimes you have a big pile up and sometimes you have problems to get the 4 necessary qso :)

73, Mario dc7ccc

Tonnie

Friday 24 June 2011 16:38
Leuk verslag. In de zomervakantie gaan wij naar Daun, en ik zou daar in de buurt ook wel iets van SOTA willen "activeren."Het dichtste bij is geloof ik de Ernst Berg. 699 meter hoog en 6 points waard.
TenTec 4030 mee en telescoop mast van 10 meter mee.

Groeten Tonnie PA9CW