DM/BW-853 – Blankenhalde – 871m (2)

Abstract

June 12, 2021  09:00 – 13:30 UTC
My second activation of Blankenhalde, this time together with DC1SAF.

Wx: Sunny, few clouds, approx. 25°C, light winds
Walking time: almost zero – drive on location
Ascent/ descent: approx. few vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W,  7.2Ah SLAB, Palm Mini Paddle, Belcom LS202E / 3W for VHF
Ant: EFHW dipole w/ QRP-L-Tuner as inverted L on a 10m squid pole, MFJ1714 for VHF

Condx seemed to be good. DC1SAF worked one station from NA on 20 metres.
k = 1, SFI = 77

12 QSOs on 2m FM, 11 x S2S
14 QSOs on 40m CW
12 QSOs on 60m CW, 7 x S2S
2   QSOs on 60m SSB, 1 x S2S

Highlight:
– First CW SOTA activation of DC1SAF
– Because of the HB9SOTA-weekend an incredible number of Swiss activators was QRV. Many of them could be worked on 2m FM with my old Belcom LS202E and about 3 watts output power.
– Great aerial views of the summit thanks to Fabian’s quadrocopter

Lowlight:
– none

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DL/AL-105 – Besler – 1679m

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June 2, 2021  11:48 – 12:07 UTC
My first activation of Besler.

Wx: Partly cloudy, approx. 15°C, light winds
Walking time: unknown
Ascent/ descent: approx. 500 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W,  2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 42 ft Random wire antenna as inverted Vee on a tree.

Condx seem to be poor according to the RBN spots. Not a single spot from NA.
k = 3, SFI = 75

3   QSOs on 20m CW
17 QSOs on 30m CW, 1 x S2S

Highlight:
– Via Ferrata to the top of Besler

Lowlight:
– none

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Very lightweight SOTA microphone

I have been looking for an alternative to the rather bulky and heavy Elecraft MH3 handheld microphone for quite some time. Since I mainly operate CW, the solution could be somewhat improvised.
Inspired by an article about a very light microphone in the SOTAreflector, I started the following mini-project:

A headset from my Baofeng UV-5R was available, lying around unused. The aim was to replace its weird dual plug with a simple 3.5 mm stereo plug and change the wiring so that it could be used with the KX3. The tiny speaker I would simply trim as I’m already using earbuds for my activations.

UV-5R-HS

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DM/BW-046 – Plettenberg – 1002m (3)

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February 28, 2021  09:50 – 12:40 UTC
My Third activation of Plettenberg.

Wx: Sunny, no clouds, approx. 5°C, gusty winds
Walking time: 12 min. up, 7 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 100 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W,  2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: End fed dipole with QRP L- Tuner as inverted L on a  6m squid pole.

Condx seem to be average at best according to the RBN spots. Very few spots from NA.
k = 1, SFI = 79

16 QSOs on 20m CW, 1 x DX
19 QSOs on 30m CW, 5 x S2S
16 QSOs on 40m CW, 2 x S2S
10 QSOs on 40m SSB
12 QSOs on 60m CW, 3 x S2S
4   QSOs on 60m SSB, 1 x S2S

Highlight:
– Mountain Goat activation and a fairly large number of S2S-QSOs

Lowlight:
– none

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HB15SOTA Award

This certificate is issued by the Swiss SOTA group and is available to chasers and activators (summit-to-summit). Purpose is to celebrate the 15th anniversary of HB9SOTA.

The certificate is issued in three levels:

  • Alpenrose (6 cantons)
  • Enzian (14 cantons)
  • Edelweiss (24 cantons)

For the rules, follow this link: https://hb9sota.ch/hb15sota-award-rules/

A hint on SOTA-reflector brought this award to my attention. Since I had already a number of Summit-to-Summit QSOs with HB15SOTA in my log, I was curious whether they were counting for the certificate.
The check is very simple: You just need to enter your call sign here and get a direct display of how many cantons have been confirmed. In my case, there were QSOs with eight different cantons, which is more than enough for „Alpenrose“ level.
Maybe there is even enough time left to reach „Enzian“? The programme runs until the beginning of May.

Thank you so much, HB9SOTA, for this nice award!

S2S-AR-012

Edit (2.4.2021): After some more activating and chasing HB15SOTA-stations I finally managed to reach „Enzian“ grade today with even 16 different Swiss cantons. All of them Summit-to-Summit  🙂

I don’t know whether there will be enough time and active HB15SOTA stations to reach „Edelweiss“ grade, but I’ll try…

Edit (16.4.2021): After chasing some more HB15SOTA-stations from home, I finally managed to reach „Edelweiss“ grade today with all 24 cantons which have at least one SOTA-summit. 16 of the 24 have been worked S2S and there is still some time left to increase the number of S2S…

JA-EW-031

Thanks to all the activators of HB9SOTA. Some of them traveled really far to activate a rare one. Others were sitting on summits at temperatures below freezing point and strong wind for several hours, somtimes QSYing to odd frequencies upon request.
Thanks also to the awards manager Tom, HB9DPR, and to Markus, HB9DIZ, who did a lot of travelling, advertising and arranging QSOs silently in the background. It was loads of fun!

Three summit tour: DM/BW-235, DM/BW-193, DM/BW-156

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February 22, 2021
My second activation of Hoher Randen, BW-235, second activation of Schächer, BW-193 and third activation of Lindenberg, BW-193.

Wx: Sunny, temperature approx. 10°C in the morning to 15°C in the afternoon, light winds, few clouds.

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.2 Ah LiPo battery (3S) and  2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 42 ft (12.8m) random wire and trapped EFHW dipole as inverted Vee on several trees

Condx on the hogh bands seemed to be poor with k = 3, SFI = 11. The low bands were the work-horses.

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Three summit tour: DM/BW-057, DM/BW-195, DM/BW-038

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February 14, 2021
My third activation of Lupfen, BW-057, second activation of Zundelberg, BW-195 and fourth activation of Lemberg, BW-038.

Wx: Sunny, temperature approx. -6°C in the morning to -3°C in the afternoon, the wind grew stronger during the day and was very gusty at BW-038.

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.2 Ah LiPo battery (3S) and  2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 42 ft (12.8m) random wire as inverted Vee on several trees
Total weight of the (radio) equipment: approx. 3500g

Condx seem to be average with k = 1, SFI = 71

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DM/BW-846 – Burg Hohenzollern – 850m (3)

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February 6, 2021  09:40 – 11:45 UTC
My Third activation of Hohenzollern.

Wx: Cloudy, approx. 5°C, gusty winds
Walking time: 30 min. up, 15 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 140 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W,  2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 42 ft (12.8m) random wire as inverted Vee on a tree
Total weight of the (radio) equipment: 2647g

Condx seem to be poor according to the RBN spots.
k = 1, SFI = 73

11 QSOs on 20m CW, 2 x S2S
  8 QSOs on 30m CW
21 QSOs on 40m CW, 5 x S2S
20 QSOs on 60m CW, 3 x S2S
Weight per QSO: 44.1g

Highlight:
– surprising number of activations resulting in many S2S-QSOs

Lowlight:
– none

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DM/BW-228 – Hummelsberg – 1002m (4)

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January 24, 2021  11:10 – 12:45 UTC
My fourth activation of Hummelsberg, first time during winter conditions.

Wx: Cloudy, approx. -4°C, strong, gusty winds, 30 cm of snow
Walking time: 30 min. up, 20 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 30 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W,  2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 42 ft (12.8m) random wire as inverted Vee on a tree
Total weight of the (radio) equipment: 2647g

Condx were good according to the RBN spots.
60 metres was the most productive band, followed by 20 metres.
k = 1, SFI = 78

23 QSOs on 20m CW, 4 x DX
  7 QSOs on 30m CW, 1 x S2S
16 QSOs on 40m CW
29 QSOs on 60m CW, 2 x S2S
Weight per QSO: 35.3g

Highlight:
– A real winter adventure with very few people on the trail.

Lowlight:
– none

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DM/BW-041 – Wandbühl – 1007m (2)

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January 16, 2021  11:00 – 12:35 UTC
My second activation of Wandbühl, first real winter activation.

Wx: Sunny, approx. -6°C no winds, 60 cm of snow
Walking time: 30 min. up, 25 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 40 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W,  2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner as inverted Vee on a tree
Total weight of the (radio) equipment: 2439g

Condx on the higher bands were average and activity was low.
60 metres through 30 metres produced many strong signals.
k = 1, SFI = 73

2 QSOs on 20m CW, 1 x DX
12 QSOs on 30m CW, 2 x S2S, 1 x DX
18 QSOs on 40m CW
11 QSOs on 40m SSB
17 QSOs on 60m CW, 3 x S2S
Weight per QSO: 40.65g

Highlights:
– A super winter activation with an incredible amount of snow on a sunny day.
– Very well behaved pile-ups.

Lowlights:
– none

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