A large squid pole on a summit immediately attracts the attention of other people. Even if no sound can be heard (because I’m always using headphones). If the summit is crowded, you don’t have to wait long until the first person appears and starts asking questions.
Unfortunately people tend to show up right at the moment when the pile- up starts. Then, because I don’t want to stall the pile- up, I just hand them a SOTA- flyer and mumble a few friendly words. I’m sure I could have explained better if there was more time for a chat.
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
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
3 CW QSOs on 20m
5 CW QSOs on 30m
19 CW QSOs on 40m
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
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
3 CW QSOs on 80m
14 CW QSOs on 40m
Recently I came across an article from Andrew, VK1AD, in which he describes a QRP L- tuner for 3.5 MHz to 52 MHz. It can be found here.
Andrew’s article is based on an essay by Peter, VK3YE, published in VK’s Amateur Radio magazine, Edition 5, May 2017.
I really wanted to try this easy to build L- tuner, because I thought it might perform even better than my EFHW- transformers (UnUns) and the EFHW- dipole I’m currently using for my SOTA activations.