DM/BW-089 – Farrenberg – 820m (5)

Abstract:

May 31th, 2020, 10:10 – 12:50 UTC
My fifth activation of Farrenberg.

Wx: sunny with occasional clouds, temperature approx. 18°C
Cycling time: approx. 90 min. up/ 60 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 900 vertical metres/ 24 km one way

Because of the CQ WPX CW contest taking place at the same weekend I tried to avoid the contest bands.
Condx on the higher bands were dominated by sporadic E with loud signals from all over Europe. 30m and 40m produced loud signals and a good pile- up.
60m was disappointing with no callers at all. k = 1, SFI = 71

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.

10 CW QSOs on 12m
5 CW QSOs on 17m
1 SSB QSO on 20m – 1 x S2S
17 CW QSOs on 30m – 3 x S2S
13 CW QSOs on 40m – 1 x S2S
1 SSB QSO on 40m – 1 x S2S
1 CW QSOs on 60m – 1 x S2S
1 SSB QSO on 60m – 1 x S2S

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Balcony On The Air

Since the end of March I was more frequently QRV from our balcony. This was possible because we had unusual warm and dry weather. Also, I had more time due to the Corona crisis: As we all know, many events were cancelled and short-time work became effective.

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The “ operator’s workplace “ is located on the bench next to the terminal box of my 40 metre long wire (not in the picture, you only see the board on which it is mounted). A short piece of coaxial calbe connects the KX3 to the antenna. The built-in ATU provides the necessary matching. The KX3 is powered by a 17 Ah AGM battery (brown wooden box), which in turn is powered by a 10 watt solar cell with a PWM regulator.

Usually I am on the air from late afternoon, when the D-layer absorption decreases and the 60-metre band comes to life. When sporadic-E is present, I like to switch to the higher bands, which are now – in times of sunspot minimum – rather poorly used.

With a maximum output power of 10 watts and a long wire, no miracles are to be expected. But it works all across Europe and sometimes remarkable contacts can be made that will remain in your memory.
Moreover, it’s incredibly relaxing to be out in the open with the world’s greatest pastime.

DM/BW-094 – Kornberg – 779m (2)

Abstract:

May 20th, 2020, 10:45 – 12:15 UTC
My second activation of Kornberg.

Wx: overcast with occasional sunshine, temperature approx. 18°C
Walking time: approx. 20 min. up/ 10 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 110 vertical metres

Condx on 40m were good with lots of strong signals from central EU. But also QSB on signals from stations further away. On 30m a single (!) station responded to my CQ and only towards the end I managed to log a second call sign. 20m surprised with sporadic E and strong signals from central EU. k = 1, SFI = 70

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.9Ah AGM battery, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner in a tree.

9 CW QSOs on 20m
2 CW QSOs on 30m – 1 x S2S
34 CW QSOs on 40m – 5 x S2S
2 SSB QSOs on 40m – 2 x S2S
1 CW QSO on 60m – 1 x S2S

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DM/BW-855 – Michelsberg – 751m

Abstract:

May 20th, 2020, 08:10 – 09:05 UTC
My first activation of Michelsberg.

Wx: overcast with occasional sunshine, temperature approx. 16°C
Walking time: approx. 10 min. up/ 10 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 50 vertical metres

Condx on 60m were poor, only few QSOs. On 40m lots of activity but deep QSB.
30m was surprisingly  busy with good signals from all over Europe. k = 1, SFI = 70

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.

13 CW QSOs on 30m
19 CW QSOs on 40m – 1 x S2S
5 CW QSOs on 60m – 1 x S2S

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