June 21st, 2020, 08:50 – 11:30 UTC
My second activation of Heersberg.
Wx: Sunny, few clouds, temp about 18°C
Walking time: 25 min up, 20 min down
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 60 vertical metres
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.
Condx on all bands were good. On the higher bands sporadic E was present which allowed many short skip contacts into EU. k = 1, SFI = 68
1 CW QSO on 60m – 1 x S2S
1 SSB QSO on 60m – 1 x S2S
24 CW QSOs on 40m – 6 x S2S
1 SSB QSO on 40m – 1 x S2S
28 CW QSOs on 30m – 5 x S2S
21 CW QSOs on 20m – 3 x S2S
4 SSB QSOs on 20m – 4 x S2S
13 CW QSOs on 17m – 1 x S2S, 1 x DX
22 summit to summit QSOs with more than 100 S2S points 🙂
How to get there?
There is a large car park in Albstadt- Burgfelden. From there, follow the track to the south east. There is a peak before the actual summit which is already in the AZ and has a great advantage: There are only a few trees 😉
I had already activated Heersberg a few years ago and had completely forgotten how beautiful it is there. Now – on the search for a not wooded summit nearby – I remembered it again. Heersberg has a secondary summit, which is already in the AZ, but less wooded than the actual summit. But still there is no great view from there 😉
Upon my arrival I checked the spots on SOTAwatch. There were already lots of activators QRV, which I wanted to get into the log. Only after that I started with the activation on 40 metres CW.
It took unusually long for the usual pileup to form. But then it went like clockwork. As the pile-up dried up, I checked again for S2S before continuing on 30 metres. So I worked through the bands until I completed 17 meters.
In the end there were incredible 93 QSOs in the log. A new record for a single activation. Also the number of S2S QSOs has never been this high!
- The weather kept up until the afternoon
- The QSO rate on 40, 30 and 20 metres was about 1Q/min! Only 17 metres was a bit slower.
- The approach of checking for S2S before QSYing to the next band seems to work well.
- My new rucksack is comfortable and offers enough room for all my SOTA equipment.
Again it was pure joy to hear so many SOTA friends on other summits. One almost had the feeling that on every peak there was someone with a radio.
In the end I felt sorry when I had to pack up.
Thanks for the QSOs!