Friday, 24 April 2015

EA6/MA-040 Talaia d'Alcudia SOTA Activation

Our second day activating.  This was totally different from the first day when we concentrated on activating the easier Mallorcan summits which were accessible from a motor vehicle.  The Talaia d'Alcudia MA-040 has to be reached on foot and that is probably why it hadn't been activated before. 

Talaia d'Alcudia MA-040 as seen from the balcony of our hotel in Port de Pollenca
The walk route was chosen by the leader Anne from the Walk! Mallorca book by Charles Davis. Between us we agreed that Anne would lead the ascent with the group and that the three radio hams would leave the start 20 minutes earlier to allow more time for our activation of the unique summit. After we had lunch on the summit I was to lead the group back to the car park on the coast, near to a bar called S'Illiot. We returned the same way as we came up, the other group members climbed to the summit via a steeper alternative path. 

Three Amigos en-route to the summit at the Coll de Ses Fontanelles
It took me 40 minutes to reach the summit from the coll - the 1 h 40 min time on the sign refers to a longer route which goes around the back of the mountain. Here is a map of the route taken - which was also uploaded to the SOTA Mapping project in GPX format: 


As we approached the summit there appeared to be small Dr Who type Tardis cabin on the summit with an antenna on the top of it. It is hard to see it on the photo below which was taken looking up, and unfortunately I did not take a photo of the "Tardis" (which was an emergency hut for fire watching I believe) when we reached the top:


The summit was very busy and we had lots of visitors from several nationalities asking us what we were doing. It got busier later when our walking group members joined us...

EA6/G4OBK/P operating
Dave EA6/G3TQQ logging QSOs as Nick EA6/G4OOE admires the fantastic view over the Bay of Alcudia

Working with 5 watts on 14 and 18 MHz it was clear that HF band conditions had improved since the previous day with 34 QSOs being logged in less than 30 minutes. K4MF (Gary in Florida) was best DX. Log2Map (Thanks ON6ZQ). Between us we completed 75 QSOs having decided it was wise, with plenty of time available and the numbers of people coming and going to the summit, that operating one shared station was sufficient.


After eating lunch in between making contacts we packed the gear up and I led the walking group off the summit back to the car park at S'Illiot bar the same way as we had arrived:


We stopped off in Alcudia for a refreshing drink on our way back to Port de Pollenca. Here we are with other club members sat outside the bar in question:


2 comments:

  1. I am travelling to Majorca in April 2016 and trying to decide whether to stay in Alcudia or Magaluf or Can Picafort. Which is the best place to stay at when travelling with family with small kids? Waterparks, beaches and birdwatching would be interesting.
    Can you please reccommend which of the above towns will be best suited?

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  2. I vitit Mallorca for 36uears now and visit a lot of summits but never brought a portable radio with me. I recently bought a FT-817 so now I can!. Our house is near the Puig de Sant Marti so probably that would be the first summit for me. Visited it when I was only 10 years old

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