SOTA: FL/SO-006 (Les Garennes du Monteil)

I set out to activate three summits in early November 2022: SO-005, SO-006, and SO-008, which are more or less clustered together. It is about a two and half hour drive from my house south of Bordeaux out to any one of these, but only about a half hour drive between them, going north to south. Alas, I did not manage to activate SO-005 on this trip. I drove partway up the access road and there was a wild boar ( les sangliers ! ) hunt going on: lots of guys in orange vests walking through the woods with rifles. I had a nice chat with a couple of them, but we all agreed it would be safer if I didn’t sit in the woods with a wire in a tree that afternoon. It was the last site of the day, so I was ready to head home anyhow. SO-005 will have to wait for another day.

SO-006, however, was a drive-up activation.

Googlemaps shows the site just to the side of a dirt road that terminates in a commercial antenna site. That site is at the same elevation as the summit marker, so I just parked there, tossed a string into a tree next to the antenna tower, and leaned back against the little utility building. I had no interference from the other radio equipment or power lines.

The antenna was hung from the tree at left. The dirt road leading back to the main road continues behind the camera.

There is a bit of a view towards the rear of the site thanks to it elevation, but on the other sides there are woods and a tree farm. I saw nobody up there.

The operating position.

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