April 16th, 2020, 9:50 – 10:30 UTC
My first activation of Kaltes Feld, a large plateau with lots of space for activating.
Wx: sunny, blue sky, approx. 23°C
Walking time: approx. 30 min. up/ 20 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 100 vertical metres
Conditions on 40m were as good as one could expect around local noon. 30m was a good complement. k = 0, SFI = 68
Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.2Ah LiPo (3S), Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner as inverted L on a 6m- squid pole.
11 CW QSOs on 30m
20 CW QSOs on 40m
How to get there?
At the foot of Kaltes Feld lies Hornberg, a large glider airfield. There is also a big hiking parking lot. This can be reached from the road from Degenfeld to Weiler (in den Bergen).
From there follow the track to the south to „Franz-Keller-Haus“, the mountain hut of the local group of „Schwäbischer Albverein“.
This was the second summit of the day and in the meantime it had become fairly warm. I parked the car at the parking lot for hikers near the glider airfield and made my way to the summit. The view on Hohenstaufen, Stuifen and Rechberg was beautiful.
The „summit“ is a plateau where numerous people enjoyed themselves on this wonderful day. Nevertheless there was enough space and I even found a free bench to set up my station.
Again, I limited the activation to two bands. According to the time of day I decided on 40m to reach the chasers nearby. With 30m I hoped to reach more distant stations from all over Europe. It was too early for a band opening to North America, so 20m wasn’t used.
I had planned a longer stay on Kaltes Feld, but it soon became rather hot on my bench. So I decided to complete the activation quickly and move on to the next summit. After packing up, I was about 45 minutes ahead of my schedule.
It was fun again. Thanks a lot for the calls!