August 14th, 2020, 13:50 – 14:00 UTC
My first activation of Blankenhalde, and possibly the shortest ever.
Wx: Heavy rain, temp approx. 16°C.
Walking time: none, Blankenhalde is a drive-on summit
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 0 metres
Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.9Ah AGM battery, charged by solar power, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner as inverted L in a tree.
Lots of QRN on 40 metres. k = 1, SFI = 73
9 CW QSOs on 40m
Equipment and operator survived the activation.
How to get there?
Blankenhalde can be reached on the road from Beuron to Leibertingen. There is a wayside cross next to the road. It is possible to leave the car there and walk the short distance to the forest.
Most probably I would not have taken the trouble to visit this reference otherwise, as there is no summit nor a nice view. But I had to pick up the kids from their camp near Beuron which was less than ten minutes away. That’s why I scheduled a brief activation…
The weather gods had something different in mind. When I reached the location, it was raining heavily. I had to wait in my car, watching the rain.
After a while, the sky grew slightly brighter and the rain gradually stopped. There was just enough time to set up the antenna, then it started raining again. I took shelter under a tree, looked for a free frequency and started calling CQ. It took three minutes to qualify the summit. After that, a few more chasers went into the log. Then, as no more stations were calling, I went QRT. The pencil did no longer work because my log was soaked. Also the KX3 was covered in rain and I was concerned about possible damage.
- Very brief activation on 40 metres CW.
- I was definitely not prepared for the heavy rain.
Despite the rain it was fun to do a quick activation in the afternoon. Sorry for being this brief. Thanks for the QSOs!