|Trail to the summit to the left|
After about a half an hour of climb we arrive at the top, which is marked with a concrete column, which is also a good place to attach the antenna. The whole summit is covered with forest, and in the area there is no larger clearing, so the summit is as good as it gets.
Fortunately for us it was still ok, after installing the antenna and turning on the radio I stumbled upon LA5WNA activating a summit in Norway, and he also came back almost instantly to the S2S call. After that I moved up in the frequency and after spotting myself a small pileup was building up for me as well. Thanks again for every chaser for looking out for me, certainly me working with 5W out of a pretty thick forest wasn't an easy pick for them. After the pileup ended on 20m, I also tried 12m but the band was completely dead and I also called in vain on 2m FM, nobody in YO2 area was near the radio. Overall it still was a good activation.
Here are a few more pics with me and my brother at the activation site:
|Me calling CQ SOTA from YO/WC-034|
|My brother, very good help at holding the antenna :)|
|Summit shot of the expedition team|
EDIT: as of 1st of october, the version 2 ARM kicked in, rendering YO/WC-034 inactive, the new reference for this being YO/WC-189. Let's see who gets it first.
EDIT2: on 27th of december I did another activation this time with the new reference, and also checked out some new bike trails that appeared since our last visit. Here is a track of what I think is the best approach to the summit: (cyan: with car up to the parking of the monastery, blue: hiking mostly on the largest and easiest tracks):