SOTA-on-Sea (Ogoño EA2/BI-068) 1

On A lazy Sunday we decided to go to Playa Laga beach which was near our accommodation in the Basque sea-side village of Mundaka. The weather was glorious and I knew our restless nature would mean that in the mid-afternoon we’d want to do something else, not to worry, there’s Ogoño a SOTA summit located high above the beach!

Why couldn't we just stay on the beach?

Why couldn’t we just stay on the beach?

We started our walk from a lay-by before the settlement of Leunbe Auzoa. Really we could have driven to the settlement and saved ourselves an extra 1km walk each way!

Approaching the Village of Leunbe Auzoa

Approaching the Village of Leunbe Auzoa

We followed a trail leaving the village, which was very clear, then taking a signed turning marked ATXURKULU, which we later found out was the Basque name for the summit:

Sign Post to the Summit

Sign Post to the Summit

This path led us steeply uphill before becoming a bit of a rock climb all the way up to the summit.On reaching the summit we found a trigpoint and several summit markers:

On top of Ogono

On top of Ogono

Ogono summit marker

Ogono summit marker

We could also see that this summit is almost entirely surrounded by the sea, literally being perched above it on a sheer cliff rising out of the sea. This makes it pretty unique for a SOTA summit and I think of it as a kind of SOTA-on-sea and very pleasant it is too!

The summit itself is small, narrow and marked by sheer drops each side, this made setting up particularly difficult and I was forced to chuck a few of the vertical radials down the vertical drop! I was very glad for the small footprint of the SuperStick vertical on this summit as I’m not sure it would have been possible to put up a dipole here.

Me mid-QSO from Ogono

Me mid-QSO from Ogono

Once again I setup my Yaesu 817 for 20m SSB and expected the going to be tough after the previous day’s activation of Oiz (EA2/BI-009). I had also read about an impending solar storm hitting earth and I still hadn’t realised I was only running 2.5w out of the 817!

These fears were realised after spotting myself and only hearing local EA2 stations coming back to my calls, I presume these were all via groundwave. ES5GP (Finland) was my 4th and final contact needed to activate the summit and was my one surprise contact that came in via F propagation.

Considering my lack of power, quite high SWR (due to poor radial positioning) and the later confirmed solar storm I was luck to activate the summit and was very thankful for the 3 EA2 stations that managed to find me and the random Fin! Despite spotting myself I heard no SOTA chasers!

I will remember this activation for the view and position rather than the radio operating!

Time Call Band Mode
15:18z EA2ECA 14MHz SSB
15:20z EB2JU 14MHz SSB
15:21z EC2AG 14MHz SSB
15:25z ES5GP 14MHz SSB
Beautiful flower spotted on the descent

Beautiful flower spotted on the descent

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