Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Still catching up on the weekend....

Sunday was my birthday, 43 years old, that means I must be getting close qualifying for membership of the QCWA (Quarter Century Wireless Association)! So, instead of another day operating in the WPX contest, we had a family outing to the hills and forests north west of Valencia. Although this was a family outing, I was able to persuade my wife to see if we could find the way to the top of the "Garbí". We did, and wow! not surprised its chosen to house all of this artillery:

This is the highest point on the first line of hills behind Valencia and has a 360º view for miles around. Well, I imagine it does anyway, it was pretty hazy on Sunday:

Nice site for radio, its on my list of places to come back to. I had my 2m handheld with me, could access a fair number of repeaters but there was nobody around.

After lunch, we strolled along the road a bit to the cliffs, a couple of miles away. I've been to this place before, and every time I go, keep thinking the same: I have to come back here with the portable HF gear. This place must be amazing! The dropoff depends on where you are, but certainly from around 45º to 150º, there is a loooooong sheer drop.

And a bit suprising for me, although here is lower than the top of the hill, I was able to get into more repeaters from here. Here's me trying not to fall over, 2m handheld on hip:

Thanks to my girls for a great day out!


Sandy Farley, Fine Artist said...

Happy Birthday, Duncan! What a nice way to spend your day!!

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Duncanito said...

Thanks Sandy, we had a great time!