F/CR-304 – Charray – 872m

Abstract

August 20th, 2022  12:30 – 12:50 UTC
My first activation of Charry and the first activation of this summit.

Wx: Sunny, approx. 28°C, moderate breeze
Walking time: approx 30 minutes up, 20 minutes down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 190 vertical metres

Rig: MTR-3B / 5W, 1000mAh Li-Ion battery (3S), Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: Liked EFHW dipole with TinyCoupler (1:64) in several trees and bushes 🙂

Condx seemed to be ok with k = 3, SFI = 105

15 QSO  on  30m CW

Highlight:
– Nice hike and first activation of the summit.

Lowlight:
– None

How to get there?

By car to Col de l‘ Arénier. From there follow the sign posts and markings (white/yellow) to the top.

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View on Charray, F/CR-304 (872m).

Activation report

This was the third activation during our vacation in France. This one on the way from Grenoble to our next destination: Ardèche.
Our usual route leads from Privas over a low mountain pass at Col de l‘ Arénier. By chance I discovered that there was one summit which had never been activated. My estimation was that I could reach the summit from the road in about 30 minutes. The family approved a 90-minute break so I could go activating while they had a snack.

The trail was easy and well marked, I reached the summit as planned after 30 minutes and set up quickly. Since the whole summit was covered in bushes and trees, the antenna wire was very low, hanging from one branch to the next.
I decided to activate only on 30 metres since this band was most productive during my last activations. After about 20 minutes no more callers could be heard, so I went QRT and packed up in a hurry. I met the family at the car park with a few minutes left, so everyone was fine with the activation and its results 🙂

Conclusion

  • Brief activation on the way to Ardèche.
  • The summit is completely wooded but offers enough space for an activation if you accept to throw your antenna wire in the trees
  • Nice hike.
Thanks for the QSOs! Photos can be found here: https://sotl.as/summits/F/CR-304

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