Essential info for activators
Area code, name and location: YOFF-0263 "Fagetul Dragomirna" Padurea Patrauti - Natura 2000 site number ROSCI 0075, near the Dragomirna Monastery, Suceava.
Access: The area is accessible by car and there are several entry points. The roads, although gravel, are well maintained and usable by any type of car (except maybe Formula 1). You can set up at one of the several convenient wooden bench-and-table halting places (two of them are at the Dragomirna or Patrauti entry points).
I coerced Marian to drive me to the activation spot. We've left Suceava around 10AM and by 11AM, with Marian's help, the rig setup was complete. Being my first FF activation and not being sure of the proceedings, I didn't announce it on the WWFF site, which showed. At first I called several minutes without any response, then tried to chase some random stations just to get a feel of how my antenna-station-location marriage worked. No success. I resumed CQ-ing and finally, after some 15 minutes, someone answered and I received a reassuring 59. I kept calling for about 2 hours and managed to bag 30 contacts in total. I made a sked contact with Andrei YO8SSQ, but the distance between us being about 15 km and in an unfavorable position, he could barely hear me. He gave me a signal report of 34 and I gave him 53. I only installed the 14 MHz antenna for this activation. We've packed and left around 1:30 PM and got home around 2 PM. Good weather, even if a bit hot for my taste.
Hi, we're a team of hams from Romania. We're into SOTA and other activities. Thanks for stopping by!