Weather forecast for Friday looked promising and I headed for HB/TI my last canton to be activated for my HB9SOTA award. I left home just before 5am and headed South. Vira on the South side of Lago Maggiore is at 209m asl and you climb (incl. 35+ hairpin turns) to the final car park at Alpe di Neggia at 1394m asl. Here you put on the hiking boots and climb Monte Tamaro (HB/TI-131) in the morning, return to the car park, have something eat & drink and climb Monte Gambarogno (HB/TI-138) in the afternoon.
13 November 2015: 11:32 – 12:30 UTC
Temperature: 15C at the car park. Blue sky and very little wind.
Rig: KX3, 10W, 4400mAh LiPo
Ant: SOTApole, 13.1m Inv. L, 5x 4m Radial
29 CW QSO on 20m, incl. K4MF and VE2JCW and S2S with HB9BSH/p on HB/AR-003
9 CW QSO on 30m
30 CW QSO on 40m, incl. S2S with DL4TO/p on DM/BW-078
Car park: 46.11081 N / 8.84553 E; 1393.7m
Hiking statistics – uphill only:
Time: 1h 1min (incl. 16′ for taking many pictures)
Distance 2.3 km
Total Ascend: 340 m