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.
Condx on the hogh bands seemed to be poor with k = 3, SFI = 11. The low bands were the work-horses.
The weather changed significantly during the last week and temperature was now peaking at about 15°C. 30K more than one week ago.
Hoher Randen (DM/BW-235)
Walking time: 10 min up, 8 min down
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 30 vertical metres.
QRV: 9:15 – 10:10 utc
22 CW QSOs on 60m – 1 x S2S
19 CW QSO on 40m – 1 x S2S, 1 x DX
1 FM QSO on 2m – 1 x S2S
After a short walk through the woods, I set up my station on a sunny bench at the edge of a large grass field. Even before the first QSO on HF, DD2TC/p called in from DM/BW-101 on 2m FM. This was the first S2S-QSO of the day 🙂
Then the activation on 60 CW began. In order to give our friends in the UK the chance for a QSO, a frequency outside the exclusive CW segment of the WRC-15 allocation had been chosen.
Unfortunately, the well-known problem on the narrow 60-metre band arose again: A very loud SSB station sat on top of my CW-QSOs and made further operation almost impossible. I decided not to get annoyed and QSYed down a bit. There I worked the remaining stations. Sorry if anyone from the UK was still waiting for a QSO – it was no longer possible, thanks to the QRMer. Afterwards I activated 40 CW, but pulled the plug as soon as no more callers could be heard, because there were still two more summits to be activated.
During the operation it was nice and warm in my sunny shack. After a short drive I reached the next summit:
Walking time: 0 – drive on summit
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 0 vertical metres.
QRV: 10:55 – 12:10 utc
23 CW QSOs on 60m – 3 x S2S
1 SSB QSO on 60m – 1 x S2S
13 CW QSOs on 40m – 1 x S2S
1 SSB QSO on 40m – 1 x S2S
11 CW QSOs on 30m
Schächer is a real drive-on summit. Right at the car park, behind a bush, there is a bench where you can spread out your equipment – it’s only a few metres to the car.
The good weather had brought many activators to the mountains and now there were plenty of S2S-QSOs to get in the log. This was another reason why I stayed much longer than originally planned. The actual activations on 30, 40 and 60 metres went off without a hitch. Then the journey to the last summit was about to begin.
Walking time: 10 min up, 5 min down
Ascent/ descent: 30 vertical metres.
QRV: 13:15 – 14:15 utc
11 CW QSOs on 60m – 1 x S2S
21 CW QSOs on 40m – 1 x S2S, 1 x DX
5 CW QSOs on 30m
2 CW QSOs on 20m
Here another short walk to the activation zone awaited me. I set up station and antenna in a sunny clearing, where – protected by the surrounding trees – it was fairly warm.
The activation on 20 and 30 metres went well but with only a few QSOs. After I QSYed to 40 metres, things went much better. My impression was that my signal was loud now and the pile-up was much more controlled. There was hardly any heckling and with 2 Q/min the activation was pure joy.
But far too soon it was time to return to the car and hit the road again.
- Total time QRV: 190 minutes
- 130 QSOs
- 11 S2S QSOs
- 2 DX QSOs
- The run on BW-156 was great. Maybe because my signal with the EFHW dipole was much louder than lately with the random-wire antenna.
- Several chasers followed me all day. Marcel, DM3FAM, was one of them who – on top of three QSOs – was also in touch through Threema to share some valuable information.
- Lots of S2S-QSOs, resulting in more than 80 S2S points 🙂
- The sun finally gained power. It was warm enough to operate short-sleeved.