Activating a SOTA Military Base (EA8/LA-001) 1

Activating a SOTA Military Base (EA8/LA-001)
Peñas del Chache (EA8/LA-001) was my second summit of the day (7th Jan 2015) and I headed up here after lunch at a nearby village on the island of Lanzarotte. The drive up is scenic and involves lots of switchbacks up out of the valley. On arrival the clouds had gathered and with the wind ...

Freezing RSGB UKAC 6m Contest (25-Feb-15)

Freezing RSGB UKAC 6m Contest (25-Feb-15)
On Tuesday night I took part in another RSGB 6m UKAC contest, this being my 3rd 6m contest and is part of my 2015 amateur radio target of using VHF more. Having just started a new job I didn’t have any time to prepare myself for the contest and as has become the custom in ...

1 Watt SSB SOTA Activation of EA8/LP-001

1 Watt SSB SOTA Activation of EA8/LP-001
Roque de Los Muchachos (EA8/LP-001) translates as “Rock of the Boys”, named after the figure like rocks at the summit. This summit is a tourist hotspot due to the largest space observatory in the Northern hemisphere, it’s also the only summit on La Palma that you can almost drive directly to the summit without hiking ...

SOTA Activation in the Snow (Stiperstones – G/WB-003)

SOTA Activation in the Snow (Stiperstones - G/WB-003)
As part of mine and Michael (G0POT) 5 summit challenge on the 23rd February we activated Stiperstones (G/WB-003 – Also WAB Trigpoint TP6185). This summit was our second of the day and we arrived at the snow dusted summit at 9am. The walk up from the car park was quick and uneventful taking about 20 ...

Death Defying SOTA Activation of Guajara (EA8/TF-002)

Death Defying SOTA Activation of Guajara (EA8/TF-002)
On the 18th of January I activated Tenerife’s second SOTA summit of Guajara (EA8/TF-002, 10 points + 3 winter bonus points) which is 2,715m above sea level. This is quite a height difference when you start from sea level! The drive up, from my hotel near Los Cristianos, was beautiful and obviously all up hill. ...

RSGB UKAC 6m Contest 27-Jan-15

RSGB UKAC 6m Contest 27-Jan-15
As part of My Amateur Radio Targets for 2015 I vowed to make more use of the VHF bands, to this end I entered the RSGB UKAC 6m contest yesterday evening. I entered into the AL – Low Power section (limited to 10w) as I like QRP and am a sucker for punishment. I took ...

SOTA Activation of Pico Bejenado (EA8/LP-003) 10

SOTA Activation of Pico Bejenado (EA8/LP-003)
This was to be my third and final activation on La Palma and with this being the third 10 pointer in the last three days my legs were a little sore! Some key facts about the activation: Date 15/01/15 Walking Time: 2.5 hours up Band: 20m, 17m, 15m & 10m QSOs: 105! Points: 10+3 Height: ...

SOTA Activation of Guatisea (EA8/LA-008)

SOTA Activation of Guatisea (EA8/LA-008)
I made the short drive to the base of this summit from EA/LA-005 Montana Blanca and started the ascent. Now this was interesting because there’s no marked trails on my walking map or my Garmin GPS Unit! I took the approach of just heading straight up it where possible; the slopes are very steep so ...

SOTA Activation of Deseadas (EA8/LP-002) 3

SOTA Activation of Deseadas (EA8/LP-002)
This path was well marked but a 3 hour long steep climb, if one object could sum up the trail it would be pinecones, these littered the trail from the start and in places made walking a bit hazardous! Some key facts about the activation: Date: 14/01/15 Walking Time: 3 hours up (2.5 hours down) Band: ...

My Amateur Radio Targets for 2015 10

My Amateur Radio Targets for 2015
Last year I set myself some targets for what I wanted to do in Amateur Radio and found this to be a good way of focusing the mind in what is a very wide hobby. I blogged about my targets and more crucially reviewed them at the end of the year (see Did I Achieve ...