Activating Mallorca’s Second Highest Mountain (with video) 7

Summit sign on Massanella

Summit sign on Massanella

While on a hiking holiday recently I was able to activate a number of SOTA summits on the Balearic island of Mallorca (IOTA EU-004). I was there with my YL (Christina) and we had set our sights on Mallorca’s second highest mountain (Massanella – EA6/MA-002). All activations were secondary to the actual hiking, so no routes up were direct and certainly not much operating time available on the summits!

Here’s my recorded route up Massanella:

While I was on the summit I recorded a video which shows the summit in more detail than I can describe using words!

Contacts

I used 5 watts out from my Elecraft KX3 on the summit. I ran this into my SuperAntenna MP1 vertical, which typically follows me on SOTA activations abroad, because of its small size and convenience.

I only operated on 20m SSB and made a total of 12 contacts, while the YL ate her lunch!

Time Call Band Mode
12:51z SA4BLM 14MHz SSB
12:53z DG1NPM 14MHz SSB
12:55z GW0PLP 14MHz SSB
12:56z G0VPW 14MHz SSB
12:57z OE6WIG 14MHz SSB
12:58z G4AFI 14MHz SSB
12:59z M7AFI 14MHz SSB
13:00z SM4CJM 14MHz SSB
13:01z GW6WRW/M 14MHz SSB
13:02z G0FEX 14MHz SSB
13:03z M0MDA 14MHz SSB
13:04z G0RQL 14MHz SSB
 

Many thanks to all the chasers!

Ascent up to Massanella

Ascent up to Massanella

Me and the YL on the summit

Me and the YL on the summit

Summit sign on Massanella

Summit sign on Massanella

View from the top of Massanella

View from the top of Massanella

YL on top of Massanella

YL on top of Massanella

My operating position on Massanella

My operating position on Massanella

The author on Massanella - it's still cool on Mallorca's summits!

The author on Massanella – it’s still cool on Mallorca’s summits!

7 thoughts on “Activating Mallorca’s Second Highest Mountain (with video)

  1. Reply Jim K9YC May 27,2019 18:37

    Why not CW? It’s at least 10 dB better than SSB!

    • Reply James Stevens May 29,2019 07:21

      Agreed Jim, but I don’t know CW!

      • Reply Jim K9YC May 30,2019 17:03

        QRP with limited antennas is an awfully good reason for adding it to your bag of tricks!

        I’m a member of a large contest club centered around San Francisco. Over the past dozen or so years I’ve been a member, several dozen new hams, most of them middle age or younger, have developed CW skills and are working at 30 WPM or better with nothing but their ears and brains.

        Yes, it’s possible to do CW with computer software, but that’s more stuff to drag up a trail to activate a peak or a grid square for 6M.

  2. Reply Olly May 31,2019 14:07

    How do you find the SuperAntenna?

    • Reply James Stevens May 31,2019 17:18

      It’s good on 10m! Everything else is a bit hard to get a decent SWR from, but you can make plenty of contacts. It’s a compromise antenna but it’s main advantage is that it’s free standing and doesn’t take up much space on the summit. Additionally it packs down to a very small size which is great when I’m travelling abroad.

      I’ve had fantastic results on it when the sunspot cycle was better than it is now 🙂

      73 James M0JCQ

  3. Reply Larry K9MMA May 31,2019 14:10

    Thank you for a great video of the climb. It was quite informative and much appreciated. If only my age and knees would cooperate, I would be inspired to trek off tomorrow! Thanks much.

    • Reply James Stevens May 31,2019 17:21

      Thanks for your kind words Larry. In Europe there are a few SOTA summits that are practically drive on (I’ve only ever been to one, actually in the states – Mount Washington in NH – but I walked up). If there are any near you then you could still enjoy activating without any tough walks!

      73 James M0JCQ

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