March 15th, 2020, 14:00 – 15:30 UTC
My third activation of Hummelsberg.
Wx: sunny, approx. 13°C, strong gusty winds
Walking time: approx. 15 min. up/ 10 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.
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.
2 CW QSOs on 17m
11 CW QSOs on 20m
10 CW QSOs on 30m
19 CW QSOs on 40m
8 CW QSOs on 60m
How to get there?
From any direction to Denkingen and then uphill to the airfiled „Klippeneck“. The car park is at the top, next to the air field. From there follow the track to the East.
After the activation of DM/BW-041 I proceded to Klippeneck. Because of the many tourists I set up the station on a meadow a little further away and not – as usual – directly at the cliff near the cross.
It was pleasantly warm in the bright sun and only the gusty wind was a little disturbing.
The activation began on 17 meters, where two QSOs could be made, one with W3. Also on 20m a DX- QSO went into the log and – rather untypical – several QSOs with HB9 on ground wave.
30m and 40m went well as before on DM/BW-041. On 60m the already decreasing attenuation allowed a QSO with SV2.
In between I had a nice chat with a visitor who was interested in my equipment. At the end of the activation I tried 20m again and put another station from the east coast into the log.
It was a great day: Excellent weather, good propagation and two activations with winter bonus 🙂
Thanks for the QSOs and your patience when signals were marginal!