DM/BW-085 – Hohenstoffeln and DM/BW-086 – Hohenhewen – 844m each

October 9th, 2020
My first activation of Hohenstoffeln and Hohenhewen.

Wx: Sunny, partly cloudy, temp about 16°C.

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.5Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner set up as inverted L on a 6 metre squid pole.

Condx on all bands were good with little QSB and strong signals.
SFI = 72, k = 0

Hohenstoffeln DM/BW-085

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

Hohenhewen DM/BW-086

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)

Highlights:
Nice activation of two interesting summits (volcanic rock).
Met DF4TD at the top of Hohenstoffeln.

Lowlight: None

How to get there?

Both summits are located in the vicinity of Engen. There are gps tracks available on SOTLAS (https://sotl.as).

Activation report

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.

Conclusion:

  • 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!

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