September 30th, 2021 12:10 – 13:35 UTC
My first activation of Fuerstein.
Wx: Overcast, approx. 12°C, light breeze
Walking time: approx 1:50 up (including lunch break on top of Rickhubel, 1943m), unknown down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 550 vertical metres
Condx seemed to be average with k = 4, SFI = 102; no DX on the higher bands.
25 QSOs on 40m CW, 3 x S2S
1 QSO on 40m SSB, 1 x S2S
15 QSOs on 30m CW, 1 x S2s
9 QSOs on 20m CW, 1 x S2S
1 QSO on 17m CW
1 QSO on 15m CW
– breathtaking view of the Bernese Alps
How to get there?
By car to Glaubenpass (1540m) From there on a well prepared alpine trail to the top of Rickhubel (1943m) and further to Fuerstein (2039m). The first section can be quite wet and muddy after rain.
For the first day of my trip, I had chosen a summit that could be comfortably activated in the afternoon without any risk of running out of time towards the evening, because I needed the morning for the trip by car to central Switzerland. HB9DIZ suggested Fuerstein, which is close to my holiday home. I wanted to do the activation first and afterwards check in at the apartment.
When I arrived at the trailhead at Glaubenpass towards noon, it was cold, windy and foggy. There was no longer any sign of the sun that had been shining from the blue sky in Lucerne just a little further north.
The first part of the ascent was in fog over some really muddy trails. From about halfway, the path improved and then, at Rickhubel, the fog cleared and the surrounding peaks could be seen for the first time. Fuerstein was visible further west, about 45 minutes away.
The rest of the way to my destination led through an interesting, high moor-like landscape. At the very end, a steep ascent to the summit awaited me. There were only a few people up there, yet plenty of space.
I set up some distance away from the summit cross, next to the trail. The sun had come out and it was pleasantly warm now. The activation started – as often – with searching for possible S2S-QSOs. Then I worked the bands from 15m to 40m in descending order. The higher bands were not really productive and only on 20m activity increased for a couple of minutes.
Suddenly, there was a loud bang which made me jump. It may have been the sonic boom of a jet, but there was no clear evidence. As nothing else happened, I resumed the activation after a minute or so.
30m and especially 40m produced lots of QSOs and finally I had to go QRT without activating on 60m because the fog slowly returned.
The descent was done quickly and while returning to the lake (Sewenseeli), the clouds opened a gap every now and then allowing breathtaking views of the Bernese Alps.
- Beautiful summit, magnificent scenery when clouds opened a gap
- Few spots on RBN, possibly because of the HB9-prefix?