Essential info for activators
Target summit: 6 pointer YO/EC-030 "La toante" - www.sota.org.uk/Summit/YO/EC-030
Our Route: From Ciumîrna we found a forest road that we followed for about half a kilometer before entering the forest (through a creek), and then climbing on a shoulder until we reached the top. Medium steep, extra muddy conditions, overall not too bad.
GPS Track: www.wandermap.net/en/route/3518009-la-toante-sota-yoec-030-ver2/
(download the track by clicking on "Export GPS data").
GSM coverage: Fair.
Summit conditions: Mostly open, with some trees scattered around. Some wooden fence serves as a good support for the antenna.
In this trip we were accompanied by our friend Cosmin, who turned out to be a pretty good "stoker" and cook. We've left Suceava at around 10:30 local and reached the top a little past 13:30 local, later than initially planned. It was muddy and wet, but not raining. The other summit teams from our group - YO8SDF & YO8SSH from YO/EC-380 and YO8SST, YO8SFF & YO8AZQ from YO/EC-585 - were already up and running. We made contacts with our local group in 433.500 MHz and 145.500 MHz, then switched to 14 MHz. Andrei managed one QSO in 18 MHz with the 14 MHz antenna. The propagation was pretty OK, a lot better compared to our few past activations. The weather was pretty good, after all, not too hot and not too cold, even if a bit cloudy.
Cosmin built the fire and cooked the food he brought (me and my brother forgot to take any food). At some point we were joined by a homing pigeon. It flew about for a short while and then decided to land near us, on a fence. It stood there for some 10 minutes, preening and resting, until Andrei tried to approach it. When he got too close, the pigeon set off on its journey, who knows where? It had two rings, a green one on its left leg and a yellow one on its right leg. I watched it fly with my binoculars for quite a while until the dot vanished somewhere far. I wonder where was it from and where is it now...
Thanks to all who chased us and 73!
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