SOTA Activation of Pico Jano (EA1/CT-036)

Pico Jano! What a lovely summit! It’s nestled on the outskirts of the Pico De Europa mountains and as a result you can see all three of the major massifs that make up this lovely mountain range. It qualifies for Summits On The Air (SOTA) and as a result was very much on my radar during our holiday in the region, especially as it had only been activated twice before.

I activated Pico Jano (EA1/CT-036 Pico Jano – 1446m, 6 points) as part of a 4 hour walk I did with my YL, starting and finishing in the village of Dobarganes. We picked up the well signposted walking route from the village and didn’t have any issues following this all the way up and down:

Pico Jano Walking Map we used

Pico Jano Walking Map we used

The weather was once again nice, a clear day with the temperature hovering around 20 degrees. A perfect day for a walk in the mountains and a SOTA activation.

After about 1.5 hours of walking up we got to Pico Jano:

Goats on the approach to Pico Jano

Goats on the approach to Pico Jano

Me on top of Pico Jano trig point

Me on top of Pico Jano trig point

Upon arriving at the summit we took in the wonderful views offered up here and my YL started eating our lunch (without me!). This was my time to act and act fast! I quickly deployed the Yaesu 817 and SuperStick MP1 vertical antenna on the summit and spotted myself on the SOTA website. Sure enough the SOTA chasers started rolling in and band conditions proved to still be good after the previous days activation of Pico Casanzo (EA1/CT-021).

At this point I still hadn’t realised I was only running the Yaesu 817 at 2.5w and not the full 5w. This was my fourth and final activation on our holiday in the north of Spain and I didn’t realise until later that day!

The calls cames thick and fast on 20m with Sean MW3PZO being first in the log. The best DX this day was Phillip VE1WT who was the fourth chaser in the log. This was a result because on 2 out of my 4 activations out here I hadn’t even made it back to G let along across the pond and this was on 2.5w SSB!!

In fact my YL (Christina) had started shooting a video of the activation and captured me working VE1WT:

I finished up working 15 stations in 16 minutes, until I had run the pileup dry. At this point I decided to not push my luck as lunch was beckoning and the main focus of the day was the walking and not my SOTA activation (which was a happy bi-product).

Looking across the summit of Pico Jano - it's long and narrow!

Looking across the summit of Pico Jano – it’s long and narrow!

Now that's what I call a shack with a view!

Now that’s what I call a shack with a view!

Me mid-pile up on Pico Jano

Me mid-pile up on Pico Jano

Time Call Band Mode
12:11z MW3PZO 14MHz SSB
12:13z DF5WA 14MHz SSB
12:14z G6TUH 14MHz SSB
12:15z VE1WT 14MHz SSB
12:15z OE7WGT 14MHz SSB
12:16z G0VWP 14MHz SSB
12:16z DL8UVG 14MHz SSB
12:17z GB2IWM 14MHz SSB
12:18z G0TDM 14MHz SSB
12:18z OK3KW 14MHz SSB
12:19z G8ADD 14MHz SSB
12:21z PA7ZEE 14MHz SSB
12:22z G4WHA 14MHz SSB
12:22z M3FEH 14MHz SSB
12:27z G0RQL 14MHz SSB

Conclusion

Pico Jano was a lovely summit to activate on a beautiful day. It proved a lot easier to get to than Pico Casanzo (EA1/CT-021) the previous day and the walk was moderate compared to all the other walks we did in the Picos.

Conditions were good on 20m and truth be told I would have liked to have spent longer on the summit playing radio but I kept it short to retain domestic bliss!

A great summit to round out a lovely trip to the North of Spain. There would be no more SOTA as we travelled to Gijon the next day for a friends wedding.

A farmhouse in Dobraganes village

A farmhouse in Dobraganes village

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