29 September 2015

YO SOTA Marathon 2015 - the story IV

This article is a sequel to YO SOTA Marathon 2015 - the story III.


 Day 5

 The night we spent at 2500m altitude was a true mountain experience - 11 people packed in one small room, and most of us didn't get enough sleep. At 06:00 we were already ready to go - mostly out of boredom since we couldn't sleep anymore anyway. Some of us (YO9IRF, YO6PSX, YO2BP, YO6PIB, HB9DST, YO9IPF) decided to go and activate YO/MC-008 Costila (10p) and the rest (YO2MSB, YO8SEP, PB2T, K2XYL) went ahead to Babele and took the cable car to Busteni, from where they drove to YO/EC-011 Postavaru (8p).

The path from YO/MC-006 to YO/MC-008, just follow the crest

07 September 2015

YO SOTA Marathon 2015 - the story III

This article is a sequel to YO SOTA Marathon - the story II

Day 3

In the second morning at the Tara pension in Ranca the restaurant personnel already got used to our early morning routine, so the restaurant was already opened a bit earlier and the kitchen was already fired up. We had a long drive ahead before getting to our next target, so we wanted to be on the way as soon as possible. Crossing the Transalpina road for the 4th time in 3 days, we met these guys just sitting in the middle of the road:

Donkeys begging for some food, just by the road
 This is actually an usual sight on some part of Transalpina (we met them last year as well) and they're very used to the people - who usually give them some treats. As I had all the food stashed in the trunk, no luck for them this time.

04 September 2015

YO SOTA Marathon 2015 - the story II

This article is a sequel to YO SOTA Marathon - the story

Day 1

As there were enough of us and we wanted to take advantage of the S2S possibilities, we split into 2 teams: Team 1 was YO2MSB, PB2T, K2XYL and HB9DST, with YO6PIB joining in on the way to the first summit, YO/WC-207 Piatra Goznei (8p). This was K2XYL Margreet's first SOTA activation and she got her first QSO (wich was also S2S) with Petronel YO8SEP.


K2XYL Margreet having her first QSOs, from YO/WC-207

The second team was me YO9IRF, YO2BP, YO8SEP and YO2BP and we went for YO/MC-096 Muntele Mic (8p) first. We used VHF to keep in touch with the other cars and Zoli YO2BP was my co-pilot: