I'll be spending most of July and part of August in Ecuador, escaping the Florida heat in the mountainous towns of Quito (for one week) and Cuenca (for 3 weeks).
- It's inexpensive, small & lightweight
- Operates 10-80 meters with 10 watts
- It easily (one USB cable) operates digital modes if CW activity is lacking
The parking areas are surrounded by mountains, so I'm not hopeful of being able to complete 10 contacts required for an activation, especially for Cotopaxi, although we can drive up to the 16,000-foot level (4900m) where the glacier begins.
Our physical reaction to that altitude may prevent this. We stayed in Cuzco Peru years ago, at 3400m with no ill effects - but 4900m is another animal.
Cajas will be easier as a high-altitude road (3100-4400m) traverses the park for many miles.
The antenna will be the MFJ-1979 telescoping whip. Retracted for travel, it will be attached to my camera tripod. Extended, it becomes a 1/4-wave vertical for 20 meters. A magnetic base/RG-58 assembly will be tucked away in the luggage.