October 9th, 2020
My first activation of Hohenstoffeln and Hohenhewen.
Wx: Sunny, partly cloudy, temp about 16°C.
Condx on all bands were good with little QSB and strong signals.
SFI = 72, k = 0
QRV: 9:55 – 10:45 utc
Walking time: 30 min up, 20 min down.
Ascent/ descent: approx. 220 vertical metres
21 QSOs on 60 CW, 2 x S2S
22 QSOs on 40 CW, 4 x S2S
1 QSO on 40 SSB, 3 x S2S
QRV: 13:00 – 14:00 utc
Walking time: 35 min up, 20 min down.
Ascent/ descent: approx. 290 vertical metres
30 QSOs on 40 CW, 3 x S2S
1 QSO on 40 SSB, 1 x S2S
6 QSOs on 30 CW
8 QSOs on 20 CW, 1 x DX (W3)
Nice activation of two interesting summits (volcanic rock).
Met DF4TD at the top of Hohenstoffeln.
How to get there?
Both summits are located in the vicinity of Engen. There are gps tracks available on SOTLAS (https://sotl.as).
Again I took a day off and used the good wx for a double activation of the two ancient volcanoes.
The trip by car was uneventful. The ascent on Hohenstoffeln was steep and there was very limited space at the summit. So I set up at the very edge and hung my antenna wire in the next tree. Not perfect, but good enough to get a couple QSOs.
I had just set up the station, when DF4TD appeared at the top. We had a long chat about many aspects of amateur radio before I finally went QRV. I was surprised how good condx were. A large number of chasers were calling with mostly loud signals. After about 45 minutes I went QRT and packed in because I wanted to move on to Hohenhewen which I could already see from my QTH.
The ascent to Hohenhewen was fairly steep. After 35 minutes I was standing at the top enjoying a beautiful view back onto Hohenstoffeln and the Lake of Constance.
There was enough room and I set up at the next bench. Some kids were runnig around, watching me curiously. After a while, one asked what I was doing and why. This was another chance to introduce amateur radio. I unplugged my phones and tuned to the next SSB station on 40 metres, explaining that this gentleman was sitting somewhere in a foreign country. The kids were amazed and one particularly curious boy even continued listening, when I switched to CW.
This activation went well, too. Rates were high with two QSOs/ min for almost ten minutes, only slowing down, when a station from another summit was calling and we had to exchange more information. DL/HB9BAB/p gave me a report of 599 Plus which was no surprise. He was now sitting on Hohenstoffeln – where I was before. We were within line of sight and only five km apart 😉
30 metres and 20 metres were slow compared to the pile-up on 40 metres. But – being a DXer in the bottom of my heart – I kept on calling on 20 metres. Finally K3TCU called in with a fairly strong signal.
Soon, it was time to pack up. The wind has grown stronger during the activation and it had become chilly.
- Nice day trip with good weather till the afternoon
- Good condx throughout the day
- Equipment worked flawlessly
Again it was lots of fun. Thanks for the QSOs!