November 7, 2020 13:00 – 16:10 UTC
My second activation of Limburg – this time for the Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party.
Wx: Sunny, approx. 11°C, no clouds
Walking time: 25 min. up, 15 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 200 vertical metres
Conditions on the higher bands were very good. Even 15m was open to NA. SFI = 94 (thanks to sunspot 2780 and 2781!) k = 0
2 SSB QSOs on 60m, 2 x S2S
17 CW QSOs on 20m, 5 x S2S (3 x NA)
20 CW QSOs on 17m, 12 x S2S (7 x NA)
1 CW QSO on 15m, 1 x S2S (1 x NA)
Worked 11 NA chasers, the farthest N6WT in CA
11 NA S2S QSOs, the farthest with WA7JTM on W7A/MN-154 in AZ
How to get there?
From Nabern, turn right at the entrance of Weilheim towards the cemetry. Park the car there or alongside the road that leads up the hill.
From there, follow the road „Weinsteige“.
Limburg is a lovely hill at the edge of the Swabian Jura. It’s „worth“ only four points, but you are rewarded with a great view of the Swabian Jura and its foothills – in contrast to the numerous 10-pointers nearby where you sit in the middle of a forest and have neither sun nor view.
It has an unobstructed view to the northwest and is one of the best choices for Trans-Atlantic DX in my region.
When I reached the parking lot, it was pretty full. Many people obviously took advantage of the good weather. At the summit all benches were occupied and there was little space to set up the antenna(s).
Therefore I set up the station a few metres below the summit on the slope facing northwest. The setup took longer than usual in this difficult terrain and there wasn’t enough room to deploy a second antenna. It would have been nice to have a ‚monobander‘ for one of the higher bands.
Close to my portable shack, sheep were grazing behind an elctrical fence, which fortunately did not cause any interference.
I started with S&P, but tried a short run every now and then. When there were no more callers to be heard, I continued with S&P and so on.
At least three times I came across K6ARK. He was rst 449, runnig 100 watts. Because of the missing 10 dB on my end, we couldn’t do a complete QSO. It stayed with „DL3?“ Adam would have been my first S2S with CA.
Around 16:15 UTC dusk began to fall and it was time to dismantle the station, although 17m and 20m were open and stations from the left coast could still be heard. When I reached the parking lot, it had become completely dark.
- It was pleasantly warm all afternoon until sunset
- The newly built random wire antenna performed well, however a vertical half-wave dipole would have added a few dB to my signal.
- Activity on both sides of the pond was high
- Condx were excellent with three bands being open at times
- A headlamp is mandatory for activations during autumn and winter
It was great fun. Thanks for the QSOs!