DM/BW-853 – Blankenhalde – 871m (1)


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.

Heavy rain

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.

Activation report:

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.

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Despite the rain it was fun to do a quick activation in the afternoon. Sorry for being this brief. Thanks for the QSOs!



4 Gedanken zu “DM/BW-853 – Blankenhalde – 871m (1)

  1. Andrew VK1AD 19. September 2020 / 11:59

    Hi Roma, I’m interested in the summit tracker app. Is it a mobile phone app?

    Gosh the rain must have been very heavy, not much fun being washed out of your tent 😦

    Thanks for sharing.

    73, Andrew VK1AD

  2. Andrew VK1AD 19. September 2020 / 12:01

    Sorry Roman, I meant to spell your name correctly. I can’t edit the comment.



    • DL3TU 20. September 2020 / 11:25

      Hi Andrew,

      no problem!

      The summit tracker app is Sota Goat. You have to pay a few $ but I think it is worth the money. Really useful in terrain without trails and in thickets…

      As for the rain: luckily it was raining only on the last day. But everything was soaked! There was no sense in packing things properly. I just put a large plastic tarp in the trunk of the car and threw everything in 🙂

      73, Roman

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