June 13th, 2020, 13:30 – 14:00 UTC
My first activation of Weisstannenhöhe.
Wx: Partly cloudy temp about 18°C, few raindrops on the way back
Walking time: 30 min up, 20 min down
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 230 vertical metres
Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.2Ah LiPo battery, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner as inverted L in a tree.
Condx on all bands seemed to be average at best. But this was probably because my QTH was in the middle of a forest. There were only few RBN spots. k = 1, SFI = 71
7 CW QSOs on 20m
7 CW QSOs on 30m
10 CW QSOs on 40m
Nice chat with the owner of a biogas plant.
Not a single S2S- QSO.
How to get there?
From Breitnau- Tiefen, follow ‚Weisstannenweg‘ to the east. Then turn left and follow the track straight up the hill. It ends in front of a shelter which is already in the AZ.
The morning was reserved for the family, because the children wanted to go swimming in Titisee. The weather was not as good as the day before. In the morning it had even rained briefly, but at least it was still fairly warm. We found a small public beach, and the children threw themselves into the cold water screaming loudly before they came out shivering.
After this activity, I thought that there would not be enough time to activate Weisstannenhöhe. The weather forecast had announced rain showers and thunderstorms for the afternoon. Besides, Weisstannenhöhe seemed to be rather unattractive because it is completely wooded. I didn’t want to take any chances on that.
In expectation of the announced rain showers I made an excursion to the ski jump in Hinterzarten instead. The facility has more than 100 meters of difference in altitude and is very impressive.
During my visit the sun came out more and more often. When finally big patches of blue appeared between the clouds, I changed my plan again and went back to our accommodation. There I grabbed my ready packed rucksack and headed for Weisstannenhöhe.
The few kilometres to Breitnau were soon covered, and I looked for a suitable location for parking. At a biogas plant I stopped and talked with the owner of the plant. He had instantly realized that the car runs on natural gas. So a lively conversation began about my experience with natural gas fueling, the adventures in search of the next filling station and the composition of the gas mixture in the tank (in principle I could also fill up with biogas). In the end, I was allowed to park the car at his biogas plant.
Time had passed quite fast and I had to hurry if I wanted to be back in time for dinner. The track was easy to find and not difficult. Shortly before the actual summit I came across a refuge that was already in the activation zone. There I set up the station and antenna.
I started the activation at 1:30 utc on 20 metres. After less than ten minutes all callers were in the log and I QSYed to 30 metres. There I worked for another ten minutes or so. Then nobody else could be heard. Unfortunately there was no opportunity for an S2S- QSO despite intensive search. The few stations from EU, which were QRV this late in the afternoon, I could not hear. Even 40 metres was rather idle. This is reflected in the low number of RBN spots that were received during my activation. Possibly the dense forest at the summit was responsible for the increased attenuation.
- Wooded summits are not very attractive. On the one hand there is no panoramic view, on the other hand the radio signals are attenuated by the trees.
It was lots of fun again. Thanks for the QSOs!