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I live in ST . ANASTASIA,a small town located  in the NATIONAL PARK OF VESUVIUS ,at the base of the SOMMA Mount,in province of NAPLES,south west coast of ITALY. From May 2000,  i had the new qrz IZ8DPJ in place of the previous old callsign IW8EOT. Currently, my base radio station includes  Kenwood ts 590s, Icom ic 2820,and small 300 watts amp RM Bla 300  that i use only in the pile-up. I enjoy dxing and experimenting propagation with homemade multiband long wire antenna (similar to LA1IC coax fed sloping longwire,modified and adapted  a zig-zag to the space of my roof) . But the real and unexplained phenomenon is the simple piece of aluminum vertical of about 3,50 meters , grounded on the railing of my roof (on the right in the picture below)  :  without radials and without tuner, mysteriously works fine in  6/10/12/15 meters and allows me many dx on these bands with only 100 watts.  In 2 meters  works even better than the dual band Vhf/Uhf  that you see in the picture below .


Graduated and expert in law,in my free time from work i collaborate with the Voluntary Civil Protection,very well prepared in case of volcanic hazard,or other emergency. One of my favorite hobbies is to explore the peaks of  the SOMMA mount,from which you can almost touch....... the Vesuvius Volcano, and you can see a spectacular view. From those peaks,with my Yaesu Ft 817,i have made  many DX with only 5 watts and small wip antenna.The name " Mount Vesuvius " derives from the ancient Latin Vesuvius ..... Vesvius.....Vesevus , and more. But we are interested in the fact that "ves"  it means " fire"! About 25,000 years ago , Mount Vesuvius did not seem like you can see today  in all the postcards of Naples,that is like a mountain with TWO peaks overlooking the gulf below. First,however,was only ONE mountain,a really impressive  for his height , he had to touch the 3,000 meters and probably had to resemble the Japanese colleague , Fuji volcano !
After the eruption in 79 A.D. ( that of Pompeii and Herculaneum to understand)the Mount collapse because it came out a lot of lava that created voids within it. Its height became "half" , so he ends up becoming a sort of " pot " (the Caldera ! ) smashed into the sea, and inside it was formed another eruptive mount !
So it was that the name " Mount Vesuvius " was given to the new internal structure, while the remaining outer crater of the ancient mountain was named "Juppiter Summanus" for its similarity of Olympus , also called " Monte Somma " .

                                                              THE THREE PHASES


The view from Naples


The eruption of 1944,photographed by USAF aircraft


In the picture below the SOMMA Mount there really seems to resemble the "Olympus of the Gods" ?
The SOMMA Mount has a height of 1.132 meters at the Punta Nasone (the one in the middle of the mountain, for instance) and  looks like a semi-circle in the shape of a truncated cone , in which there is the Vesuvius, in this case completely hidden .
This " fence volcanic " is certainly the most fascinating of Vesuvius itself, as it hides the dark side and  mysterious!
First of all it must be said that , on the north side where it is well preserved, is characterized by a series of summits called COGNOLI . We asked some older person from ancient experience , from which was derived the name, and we were told that Cognoli derives from the ancient verb " Scognolare",say......." whet your teeth"!
This explains the mystery: the Cognoli are the peaks of Monte Somma , from how it looks in the picture, have the typical shape of a tooth !
In the chart below , we can see that normally take the name of the town where the  Cognoli overlook .
For which we have the Cognoli of the Giacca (701 m) , the Cognoli of Trocchia ( 961 m) , the Cognoli of St. Anastasia ( 1.086 m) , Punta Naso ( 1.132 m) , the Cognoli of  Somma Ves . (1.100 m) , the Cognoli of Ottaviano (1.112 m) , the Cognoli of Levante (812 m)  and the plain of Ginestre (Gorses), the southern part of Mount Somma  now non-existent !
There are other things to be discovered......  the Apennine of this external volcano became mount; the paths full of mistery; the rivers of petrified lava that resemble snakes;the traditions sacred and profane that dominate on its slopes;the incredible flora and fauna;the very good fruits produced on these fertile volcanic soils;the sublime wines produced with grapes unique in the world...."Haec iuga quam Nysae colles plus Bacchus amavit"(Marziale) -
And finally ... we found a source! A source within a volcano? It just seems so!


Compared to the slopes of Vesuvius, which is more arid and sunny,the Monte Somma has a very humid environment, with an almost ... Apennine! And it is in this natural habitat, which has developed the Source Olivella, the only high into the volcano, welling up to 400 meters high, in a natural amphitheater located upstream of the town of St. Anastasia (149 m).
If you want to discover these and other wonders, you just need to visit the Park.
Best 73' .

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