While working last week in Kopparberg I had the opportunity, one evening, to leave work as early as 19:00. So I hurried to borrow a car and headed for my first attempt to activate a SOTA approved mountain.
After parking the car I started walking to reach the summit…
From the summit, 425 m above sea-level, you cannot see anything except trees, so therefore they have built this tower.
Even though it was a glorious day, up in the tower it was pretty windy.
This was my equipment. I called CQ SOTA from SM0VPE/4P, for about 1½ hour, on 145,500 MHz and I got two QSO:s, (two-way contacts), with SA4 BEP Lasse and SM4EPR Mats. Thank you both for calling me! Unfortunately this was an incomplete activation as you need four two-way contacts. As I didn’t know until the last minute that I would make a try for the summit, and because of an ongoing ice-hockey game between Sweden and Canada I didn’t make the activation this time, but I was rewarded with this sunset…
Finally I want to thank Christian Hadler, OE5HCE, of Austria. His videos are outstanding, and he is a great guy! http://www.youtube.com/user/oe5hce Take a look for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
To learn about the SOTA program http://www.sota.org.uk/