DM/BW-046 – Plettenberg – 1002m (3)

Abstract

February 28, 2021  09:50 – 12:40 UTC
My Third activation of Plettenberg.

Wx: Sunny, no clouds, approx. 5°C, gusty winds
Walking time: 12 min. up, 7 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 100 vertical metres

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

Condx seem to be average at best according to the RBN spots. Very few spots from NA.
k = 1, SFI = 79

16 QSOs on 20m CW, 1 x DX
19 QSOs on 30m CW, 5 x S2S
16 QSOs on 40m CW, 2 x S2S
10 QSOs on 40m SSB
12 QSOs on 60m CW, 3 x S2S
4   QSOs on 60m SSB, 1 x S2S

Highlight:
– Mountain Goat activation and a fairly large number of S2S-QSOs

Lowlight:
– none

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HB15SOTA Award

This certificate is issued by the Swiss SOTA group and is available to chasers and activators (summit-to-summit). Purpose is to celebrate the 15th anniversary of HB9SOTA.

The certificate is issued in three levels:

  • Alpenrose (6 cantons)
  • Enzian (14 cantons)
  • Edelweiss (24 cantons)

For the rules, follow this link: https://hb9sota.ch/hb15sota-award-rules/

A hint on SOTA-reflector brought this award to my attention. Since I had already a number of Summit-to-Summit QSOs with HB15SOTA in my log, I was curious whether they were counting for the certificate.
The check is very simple: You just need to enter your call sign here and get a direct display of how many cantons have been confirmed. In my case, there were QSOs with eight different cantons, which is more than enough for „Alpenrose“ level.
Maybe there is even enough time left to reach „Enzian“? The programme runs until the beginning of May.

Thank you so much, HB9SOTA, for this nice award!

S2S-AR-012

Edit (2.4.2021): After some more activating and chasing HB15SOTA-stations I finally managed to reach „Enzian“ grade today with even 16 different Swiss cantons. All of them Summit-to-Summit  🙂

I don’t know whether there will be enough time and active HB15SOTA stations to reach „Edelweiss“ grade, but I’ll try…

Edit (16.4.2021): After chasing some more HB15SOTA-stations from home, I finally managed to reach „Edelweiss“ grade today with all 24 cantons which have at least one SOTA-summit. 16 of the 24 have been worked S2S and there is still some time left to increase the number of S2S…

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Thanks to all the activators of HB9SOTA. Some of them traveled really far to activate a rare one. Others were sitting on summits at temperatures below freezing point and strong wind for several hours, somtimes QSYing to odd frequencies upon request.
Thanks also to the awards manager Tom, HB9DPR, and to Markus, HB9DIZ, who did a lot of travelling, advertising and arranging QSOs silently in the background. It was loads of fun!

Three summit tour: DM/BW-235, DM/BW-193, DM/BW-156

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February 22, 2021
My second activation of Hoher Randen, BW-235, second activation of Schächer, BW-193 and third activation of Lindenberg, BW-193.

Wx: Sunny, temperature approx. 10°C in the morning to 15°C in the afternoon, light winds, few clouds.

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.2 Ah LiPo battery (3S) and  2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 42 ft (12.8m) random wire and trapped EFHW dipole as inverted Vee on several trees

Condx on the hogh bands seemed to be poor with k = 3, SFI = 11. The low bands were the work-horses.

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Three summit tour: DM/BW-057, DM/BW-195, DM/BW-038

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February 14, 2021
My third activation of Lupfen, BW-057, second activation of Zundelberg, BW-195 and fourth activation of Lemberg, BW-038.

Wx: Sunny, temperature approx. -6°C in the morning to -3°C in the afternoon, the wind grew stronger during the day and was very gusty at BW-038.

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.2 Ah LiPo battery (3S) and  2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 42 ft (12.8m) random wire as inverted Vee on several trees
Total weight of the (radio) equipment: approx. 3500g

Condx seem to be average with k = 1, SFI = 71

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DM/BW-846 – Burg Hohenzollern – 850m (3)

Abstract

February 6, 2021  09:40 – 11:45 UTC
My Third activation of Hohenzollern.

Wx: Cloudy, approx. 5°C, gusty winds
Walking time: 30 min. up, 15 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 140 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W,  2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 42 ft (12.8m) random wire as inverted Vee on a tree
Total weight of the (radio) equipment: 2647g

Condx seem to be poor according to the RBN spots.
k = 1, SFI = 73

11 QSOs on 20m CW, 2 x S2S
  8 QSOs on 30m CW
21 QSOs on 40m CW, 5 x S2S
20 QSOs on 60m CW, 3 x S2S
Weight per QSO: 44.1g

Highlight:
– surprising number of activations resulting in many S2S-QSOs

Lowlight:
– none

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