Essential info for activators
Target summit: 6 points YO/EC-304 "Varful Mare" - www.sota.org.uk/Summit/YO/EC-304
Our Route: Parked the car at the top of the Prohodistea Pass and followed the trail that climbed on the left side of the property. The terrain near the start is swampy, but improves higher up.
GPS Track: www.wandermap.net/en/route/3543148-vf-mare-yoec-304/
(download the track by clicking on "Export GPS data").
GSM coverage: Fair.
Summit conditions: Forested, „crowded”.
Other info: Short route, easy-medium difficulty.
The weather was quite humid and windy. After getting our "feet wet" in the swampy terrain at the start, we got a "nice" section of muddy slopes to top it off. It wasn't too bad, though. On the summit there is a rock which is kind of slippery and hard to climb through all the bushes and fallen branches. But you don't have to get on top of it to activate, so you can skip this part. The bad weather made us wish we could activate the summit using only the handy (in VHF and UHF), but bad propagation and horrible band discipline forced us to set up the big rig, after all. We've announced our activation plan to the local community the day before, a sort of a sked. Some local stations were indeed on the frequency, but they were rag-chewing endlessly, so much so that we couldn't slip a word in sideways. To clarify, they were in the frequency because of our sked and showed up to supposedly help us, but I guess they got bored and chatted themselves to sleep. After about 40 minutes in which we couldn't break the cycle, we installed the FT-857 and the antenna and activated the summit in 18 MHz.
Hi, we're a team of hams from Romania. We're into SOTA and other activities. Thanks for stopping by!