March 15th, 2020, 11:00 – 12:15 UTC
My first activation of Wandbühl.
Wx: sunny, approx. 13°C, strong gusty winds
Walking time: approx. 25 min. up/ 20 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 40 vertical metres
Conditions were fairly good on all bands but deep QSB on 30m and 20m. k = 2, SFI = 68
There was a surprisingly high number of QSOs on 30m. The Pile- up on 40m was running smoothly which indicates that my signal was loud.
Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.9Ah AGM battery, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner as inverted L on a 6m squid pole.
9 CW QSOs on 20m
11 CW QSOs on 30m
23 CW QSOs on 40m
6 CW QSOs on 60m
How to get there?
Leave B27 in Schömberg towards Deilingen. At „Gasthaus Adler“ turn left and then uphill towards Obernheim. The car park is at the left, a short distance from Deilingen (red circle in the upper right corner). From there follow the track to the South.
Alternatively you can use the car park at the telecommunications tower near Delkhofen (red circle near the bottom). From there follow the paved road.
Actually, the whole area east of Deilingen is a plateau with several knolls of almost the same height. A real summit is not to be found.
Until the end of 2018, Rainen was listed in the SOTA summit list as the highest peak in this area at 1006m above sea level. In summer of that year, I informed the MT that Wandbühl was higher according to the map of the State Surveying Office, namely 60 centimeters. After discussion in the MT, Rainen was removed from the SOTA reference list for DM/BW at the turn of the year 2019 and Wandbühl was reinstated. A truly wise decision, because Rainen is an extremely unattractive place with its completely wooded summit. I had activated it once and decided never to go there again. Now I am spared of Rainen and instead I can enjoy the much more beautiful Wandbühl.
The weather forecast for Sunday was really good. You just had to do something outside, especially to escape the corona hysteria.
At the summit I met Jens, HB9EKO, who had started his activation a little earlier. We talked briefly and agreed that I should set up my station a good bit further south. This way mutual interference was avoided.
Because of the gusty south-easterly wind I set up at the edge of the forest, where some protection was provided. As long as the sun shone, it was pleasantly warm, but when it disappeared behind the trees, it became cool and I had to follow the sun.
On 40m I came across an enormous pile up caused by HB9DQM/p. With 10 watts and a temporary dipole I needed rather long to get to a QSO. But listening was a true pleasure. Manuel is a great OP and worked through the pile-up with ease.
Thanks for the QSOs, it was fun as always!