DM/BW-089 – Farrenberg – 820m

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October 13, 2019  12:25 – 13:15 UTC
My fourth activation of Farrenberg, one of the summits closest to my home. The distance is about 25km one way, hence we went there by bike.
If you haven’t seen it before, here is a phantastic photo of Farrenberg.

Wx: Sunny, approx. 20°C, strong winds
Walking time: None as we took the bike from Tübingen and got there in about 90 minutes.
Ascent/ descent: approx. 500 vertical metres

3 CW QSOs on 20m, 5 CW QSOs on 30m, 19 CW QSOs on 40m
Conditions seemed to be average according to the RBN spots I got. 20m seemed quite abandoned, nevertheless a DX QSOs with AC1Z went into the log.
On 30m activity was low but condx into Scandinavia seemed to be good. The usual pile-up on 40m was short but intense with four S2S QSOs and one GMA QSO. The noise level was extremely low.

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2200mAh 3S LiPo, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: QRP L- Tuner covering all bands from 60m to 10m
End- fed wire (22 metres long) as inverted L on a 6m squid pole

How to get there?

dm_bw_089_02From Talheim, follow the road to the glider air field. Park the car at the parking lot (Wanderparkplatz Andeck, 688m).

Follow the road up the hill until you reach the buildings of the air field. From there, follow the trail to the north- western rim of Farrenberg (Bismarckskopf) with a nice view onto the valley.

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DM/BW-078 – Römerstein – 872m

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October 12, 2019  14:15 – 15:10 UTC
My third activation of Römerstein – first activation on 80m!

Wx: Sunny, approx. 20°C, few clouds
Walking time 15 min. up, 10 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 40 vertical metres

3 CW QSOs on 80m, 14 CW QSOs on 40m
Conditions on 80m were surprisingly good, considering that we were operating in bright daylight. On 40m the condx were good and activity high as always with a small pile- up.

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 7.2Ah AGM, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: OCF- dipole for 80m/ 40m/ 20m/ 15m on a 12.5 metre DX-Wire squid pole

How to get there?

From Donnstetten to Böhringen, turn right just after „Naturfreundehaus Römerstein“ to the parking lot (Wanderparkplatz). From there, follow the trail to the watchtower.

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QRP L- tuner for 7 MHz … 28 MHz

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Vor kurzem stolperte ich über einen Beitrag von Andrew, VK1AD, in dem er einen QRP L- Tuner für 3,5 MHz bis 52 MHz beschreibt. Er kann unter folgendem Link gefunden werden: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/51328603/posts/19050

Dieser Beitrag geht auf einen Artikel von Peter, VK3YE, zurück, der in VK’s Amateur Radio magazine, Edition 5, May 2017 veröffentlicht wurde.

Diesen einfach anmutenden L- Tuner wollte ich unbedingt testen, da ich mit meinen bisher gebauten EFHW- Trafos (UnUns) und dem dazugehörigen EFHW- Dipol nicht so recht zufrieden bin (Begründung s. dort).

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DM/BW-110 – Limburg– 598m

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September 21, 2019  13:25 – 15:10 UTC
My first activation of Limburg – and the first one which ran on solar power (SOTA goes green 😉 )

Wx: Sunny, approx. 20°C, no clouds
Walking time 25 min. up, 20 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 200m

4 CW QSOs on 20m, 3 CW QSOs on 30m, 21 CW QSOs on 40m, 1 CW QSO on 60m
Conditions seemed to be very good according to the many RBN spots I got. The activation was probably hampered by the CW part of SAC which took place at that time.
The number of QSOs on all bands was unusually low. Nevertheless on 20m two DX QSOs with NA went into the log.
On 30m the activity was surprisingly low considering the fact that the contest bands were crowded with contesters. The usual pile-up on 40m was non-existent.

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 7.2Ah AGM, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: EFHW Dipole (40m, 30m, 20m) as inverted L on a 6m GRP pole

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DM/BW-852 – Herrenwald – 910m

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September 15, 2019  10:00 – 11:30 UTC
My second activation of Herrenwald

Wx: Sunny, approx. 25°C, no clouds
Walking time 20 min. up, 15 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 60m

5 CW QSOs on 20m, 7 CW QSOs on 30m, 35 CW QSOs on 40m, 1 CW QSO on 60m
Conditions seemed to be poor. Activity on 20m was unusually low and on 30m and 40m deep QSB brought signals from S9 to almost not audible in the next moment.

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2200mAh LiPo (3S), Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: EFHW Dipole (40m, 30m, 20m) as inverted L on a 6m GRP pole

How to get there?

„Herrenwald“ can be reached easily from the car park between Ringingen and Burladingen. The summit is located in the middle of the forest and not very attractive. But there is a clearing which is within the activation zone at it’s south-eastern corner according to the map. Follow the path from the car park that leads straight up the hill until you reach the clearing.

Herrenwald_summit.JPG

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I/TN-187 – Monte Biaina – 1413m

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August 27th, 2019; 10:30 – 11:20 UTC
My first activation of Monte Biaina.

Wx: sunny and warm
Walking time approx. two hours from Prai da Gom and one hour back (time is not representative as kids sometimes need more time in difficult terrain).
Ascent/ descent: 280m from/ to Prai da Gom (approx. 350m accumulated).

4 CW QSOs on 20m, 10 CW QSOs on 30m, 28 CW QSOs on 40m
Conditions on 20m were poor. Activity on 30m was pleasant, conditions on 40m seemed to be good into central EU.

Rig: KX3 / 5W, 2200mAh LiPo (3S), Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: EFHW Dipole (40m, 30m, 20m) as inverted L on a 6m GRP Pole

How to get there?

From Varignano take the road towards San Giovanni. Close to the church, the road gets very narrow (2,15m according to a traffic sign!)
Follow that road until you reach San Giovanni and don’t leave it. Shortly after you passed the last house (in the forest) the road turns into a gravel track. Then you reach the car park „Prai da Gom“.

Follow Trail 407. It is marked with red-white or somtimes blue signs. Never leave this trail until it crosses over a ridge and reaches a wide clearing. From here follow the trail (407A) up the hill. After a few minutes the summit is visible for the first time. But it still requires some effort until the view on Lago di Garda and the valley can be enjoyed.

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Alpine Safety – Sicherheit am Berg

Sicherheit am Berg

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Im Sommer 2018 las ich einen Artikel über ein schlimmes Unglück am Pigne d’Arolla in den Walliser Alpen: Weil sie offenbar die Orientiernug verloren hatten, musste eine Gruppe von Skitourengehern bei Sturm und eisigen Temperaturen im Freien biwakieren – nur 400 Meter von der Cabane de Vignette entfernt.  Dabei kamen mehrere Menschen ums Leben. (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skitour-Ungl%C3%BCck_im_Wallis_(2018))
Das brachte mich zum Nachdenken über die Sicherheitsvorkehrungen auf meinen eigenen Bergtouren, die ich oft mangels Partner alleine mache.

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OE/VB-371 – Hoher Freschen – 2004m

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August 4th, 2019; 08:10 – 08:59 UTC
My first activation of Hoher Freschen.

Wx: sunny and warm
Walking time approx. 35 minutes from Freschenhaus.
Ascent/ descent: approx. 160m from/ to Freschenhaus.

14 CW QSOs on 20m, 8 CW QSOs on 30m, 21 CW QSOs on 40m
Conditions on 20m were good with many S2S- QSOs (apparently on ground wave). Activity on 30m was low but better than the day before, conditions on 40m seemed to be good.

Rig: KX3 / 5W, 2200mAh LiPo (3S), Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: EFHW Dipole (40m, 30m, 20m) as inverted L on a 6m GRP Pole

How to get there?

From Freschenhaus (1846m) follow the track to Hoher Freschen.

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