Thursday, 4 May 2017

SOTA in Moravia Czech Republic - May 2017 - Day Two

Thursday 4th May

1. OK/JM-030 Chocola (1)
2. OK/JM-022 Lipovy vrch (1)
3. OK/JM-020 Kopecek (1)
4. OK/JM-062 Velky Okrouhlik (1)
5. OK/JM-025 Teply kopec (1)
6. OK/JM-040 Kobyla (1)
7. OK/JM-034 Holy kopec (1)

In fair weather we left our hotel after an early breakfast on day two of our Moravia Tour. Victor (GI4ONL) had become OK/G4ONL/P for this tour.  Recent OFCOM guidance relating to UK callsigns states that when operating in CEPT countries the UK country designator (For example GI = Northern Ireland, GM = Scotland etc) should not be used.

With Victor as driver for the tour and Phil OK/G4OBK/P as navigator we left our hotel in Namest nad Oslavou and travelled east in the direction of Brno. Our activity was to be centred within a 15 Km radius of the town of Rosice between Namest and Brno city itself. Our targets were seven easy to access one point SOTA summits in the area.
Our seven activations on Day Two were centred within a 15 Km radius of Rosice
Chocola JM-030 was our first summit we walked the 2 Km from a car park.The rough track joined a tarmac road with two bus stops further along the route, no doubt a more convenient start point for the walk was available but without local knowledge we were not aware of this. 
The summit was in a wood and we set up quite close to a cross:


After 28 contacts between us we set off back to the car and headed for a parking place near a motor racing track - the Automotodrom Brno - motrosport is very popular in the Czech Republic and when we arrived at the parking place for JM-022 and JM-020 racing practice was taking place. 


Both JM-020 and JM-022 were the usual wooded type of Czech summits - here is a photo of Victor operating - on Kopecek - note the paddle morse key strapped to his leg:


We were both using Elecraft KX2 transceivers with link dipoles and shared the 20m, 30m and 40m bands operating on CW (Morse) and SSB (Voice) with two separate stations which helped us to cram in as many activations in the day as we could. 

We went on to activate four more summits - the routes used for JM-062, JM-040 and JM-034 are uploaded into the SOTA Mapping Project. JM-025 Teply kopec was a drive by activation so no route was uploaded. 

Returning to our hotel in Namest we met up with Jan OK2PDT for dinner and some Czech beers (not for Jan - he was driving). The total number of contacts made throughout the day was 171.

North Ireland, Czech and English Radio Hams in the Czech Republic for dinner

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