DM/BW-046 – Plettenberg – 1002m (3)


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

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

– none

How to get there?

see here.

Activation report:

The weather forecast announced sunny weather for the whole weekend. As the winter bonus season is about to end, I wanted to activate one of the remaining nearby summits with winter bonus.

I left home earlier than planned and reached the summit 30 minutes before my alert. This extra time was used to search for S2S QSOs. Then I started activating on 30 metres with the aim of reducing the pile-up on 40 metres and 60 metres later. An unusually large number of QSOs came into the log, including some S2S.
It was still a bit early for 20 metres, DX was not expected, so I soon QSYed to 40 metres. Because of the UBA DX CW Contest it was difficult to find a free frequency but finally I managed to run on 7.008kHz. Signal reports were very good and the pile-up was well organized. So it really seems that my signal with the EFHW and QRP-L-Tuner is somewhat louder than with the random wire antenna.

After that I searched again for S2S-QSOs and got four more in my log. Finally I tried 60 CW and afterwards SSB. This resulted in a very nice S2S-QSO with HB15SOTA, OP Markus, HB9DIZ, in canton Solothurn. A nice chat with a good friend and new canton for the HB15SOTA-award.
17 metres didn’t work, so I started a second attempt on 20 metres. I was hoping for some stations calling in from NA, but unfortunately no DX contacts today.
Eventually I even found a reasonably quiet frequency on 40 metres SSB, where another 10 QSOs made it into the log.
While taking down the station I talked with a group (father, son, grandfather), explaining the fundamentals of shortwave communication.
But then it was about time to return home, where the MG cake was already waiting.


  • Changing bands is annoying even with the QRP-L tuner. Making mistakes seems to be inevitable.
  • For some reason, the paddles wobbled a lot during operation. Possibly a problem with the magnets?
  • An incredible number of people on the hiking trails, I handed out several SOTA flyers.

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Again it was lots of fun. Thanks for the QSOs!
QSOs during the activation on DM/BW-046.

2 Gedanken zu “DM/BW-046 – Plettenberg – 1002m (3)

  1. Marcel DM3FAM 6. März 2021 / 20:40

    Hallo Roman. Danke für deinen Bericht und nochmal Glückwunsch zum erreichen des „Mountain Goat“. Weiterhin viele erfolgreiche Aktivierungen. 73 Marcel DM3FAM

    • DL3TU 7. März 2021 / 10:25

      Hallo Marcel,
      ich bin in der Tat happy über das Erreichen dieses Meilensteins! In den letzten zwölf Monaten musste ich mich ordentlich ins Zeug legen.
      Auch wenn wir am vergangenen Sonntag kein QSO hatten, hast Du durch Deinen Kommentar im SOTA-reflector und hier ganz wesentlich zum Spaß an der Sache beigetragen. Vielen Dank dafür!
      73, Roman

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