DM/BW-089 – Farrenberg – 820m (7)

Abstract

July 31, 2021  09:00 – 11:30 UTC
My seventh activation of Farrenberg, my local summit. This time together with five members of our local radio club.

Wx: Sunny, few clouds, approx. 20°C, light winds
Walking time: almost zero – drive on location
Ascent/ descent: approx. few vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle, Belcom LS202E / 3W for VHF
Ant: EFHW dipole w/ QRP-L-Tuner as inverted L on a 6m squid pole, MFJ1714 for VHF

34 QSOs on 40m CW, 1 x S2S
1   QSO on 60m SSB, 1 x S2S
12 QSOs on 60m SSB, 1 x S2S

Highlight:
– First SOTA event of our radio club

Lowlight:
– none

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DL/AL-086 – Imberger Horn – 1656m

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July 10th, 2021  12:15 – 12:30 UTC
My first activation of Imberger Horn.

Wx: Sunny, approx. 15°C, few clouds, no winds
Walking time: 3:30h up (including lunch break and various stops), 1:30 down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 900 vertical metres

Rig: MTR 3B @ 2.5W,  1.25 Ah LiPo battery (2S), Palm Pico Paddle (for a change)
Ant: Vertical for 30 metres on a 6 m squid pole with a single radial
Total weight of the technical equipment < 1500 grams

Condx seemed to be average according to the RBN spots.
k = 0, SFI = 74

16 QSOs on 30m CW, 2 x S2S

Highlight:
– A great daytrip with friends

Lowlight:
– none

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DM/BW-853 – Blankenhalde – 871m (2)

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June 12, 2021  09:00 – 13:30 UTC
My second activation of Blankenhalde, this time together with DC1SAF.

Wx: Sunny, few clouds, approx. 25°C, light winds
Walking time: almost zero – drive on location
Ascent/ descent: approx. few vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W,  7.2Ah SLAB, Palm Mini Paddle, Belcom LS202E / 3W for VHF
Ant: EFHW dipole w/ QRP-L-Tuner as inverted L on a 10m squid pole, MFJ1714 for VHF

Condx seemed to be good. DC1SAF worked one station from NA on 20 metres.
k = 1, SFI = 77

12 QSOs on 2m FM, 11 x S2S
14 QSOs on 40m CW
12 QSOs on 60m CW, 7 x S2S
2   QSOs on 60m SSB, 1 x S2S

Highlight:
– First CW SOTA activation of DC1SAF
– Because of the HB9SOTA-weekend an incredible number of Swiss activators was QRV. Many of them could be worked on 2m FM with my old Belcom LS202E and about 3 watts output power.
– Great aerial views of the summit thanks to Fabian’s quadrocopter

Lowlight:
– none

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DL/AL-105 – Besler – 1679m

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June 2, 2021  11:48 – 12:07 UTC
My first activation of Besler.

Wx: Partly cloudy, approx. 15°C, light winds
Walking time: unknown
Ascent/ descent: approx. 500 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W,  2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 42 ft Random wire antenna as inverted Vee on a tree.

Condx seem to be poor according to the RBN spots. Not a single spot from NA.
k = 3, SFI = 75

3   QSOs on 20m CW
17 QSOs on 30m CW, 1 x S2S

Highlight:
– Via Ferrata to the top of Besler

Lowlight:
– none

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Happy anniversary!

100

The activation of DM/BW-852 (Herrenwald) was my 100th activation of a SOTA- reference. As I started activating on a regular basis back in 2015, it has been approximately 16 summits per year in average since then. The most active year was 2020, though, with 40 activations.
I’m quite happy with this achievement as I have family, job and several commitments, all with higher priority than playing radio and climbing mountains.

DM/BW-085 – Hohenstoffeln and DM/BW-086 – Hohenhewen – 844m each

October 9th, 2020
My first activation of Hohenstoffeln and Hohenhewen.

Wx: Sunny, partly cloudy, temp about 16°C.

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.5Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner set up as inverted L on a 6 metre squid pole.

Condx on all bands were good with little QSB and strong signals.
SFI = 72, k = 0

Hohenstoffeln DM/BW-085

QRV: 9:55 – 10:45 utc
Walking time: 30 min up, 20 min down.
Ascent/ descent: approx. 220 vertical metres

21 QSOs on 60 CW, 2 x S2S
22 QSOs on 40 CW, 4 x S2S
1 QSO on 40 SSB, 3 x S2S

Hohenhewen DM/BW-086

QRV: 13:00 – 14:00 utc
Walking time: 35 min up, 20 min down.
Ascent/ descent: approx. 290 vertical metres

30 QSOs on 40 CW, 3 x S2S
1 QSO on 40 SSB, 1 x S2S
6 QSOs on 30 CW
8 QSOs on 20 CW, 1 x DX (W3)

Highlights:
Nice activation of two interesting summits (volcanic rock).
Met DF4TD at the top of Hohenstoffeln.

Lowlight: None

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DM/BW-078 – Römerstein – 872m (4)

September 30th, 2020, 9:00 – 11:00 utc
My fourth activation of Römerstein.

Wx: Cloudy, temp about 14°C.
Walking time: 10 min up, 5 min down.
Ascent/ descent: approx. 60 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.5Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner set up as inverted L on a 6 metre squid pole.

Condx on all bands were poor with deep QSB and weak signals.
SFI = 73, k = 3

18 QSOs on 60 CW, 2 x S2S
13 QSOs on 40 CW, 3 x S2S
10 QSOs on 40 SSB, 3 x S2S
3 QSOs on 30 CW, 1 x S2S
2 QSOs on 20 CW, 1 x S2S

Highlights:
Nice activation and a surprising number of S2S QSOs for a weekday.

Lowlight: The KX3 was almost destroyed because of excessive battery voltage.

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SOTA Activity Day: Weiherkopf – DL/AL-111 – 1655m

September 19th, 2020, 7:30 – 13:10
My first activation of DL/AL-111 and my longest activation so far.

Wx: Sunny all day, few clouds, max. temp about 20°C.
Walking time: 15 min up, 50 min down.
Ascent/ descent: 150 vertical metres up, 750 vertical metres down. Gondola not used for descent.

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 7.2Ah AGM battery, Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner set up as inverted Vee on a 6 metre squid pole.

Condx on all bands seemed to be average at best. Summer is over and it is no longer possible to reach UK on 20 metres. 30 metres and even 40 metres is the more reliable band now. k = 0, SFI = 70

102 QSOs, thereof 1 x DX (W4)
53 S2S-QSOs, 40 unique summits, thereof 1 x DX (UA9)

Highlights:
Great SOTA- party with an incredible number of activators QRV at the same time. It felt almost like a contest.

Lowlight: None

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Five summit tour: DM/BW-235, BW-233, BW-193, BW-156 and BW-057

September 12th, 2020 – this was an attempt to activate as many 10-pointers as possible while making as many S2S- QSOs at the same time.
It was my first activation of DM/BW-235, BW- 233 and BW-193. My second activation of BW-157 and BW-057.
So far this has been my longest day trip with more than twelve hours on the road.

Wx: Sunny all day, max.Temp about 25°C.

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.9Ah AGM battery, Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner set up as inverted Vee in different trees. Only on BW-193 as inverted L on a 6 metre squid pole.

Condx on all bands seemed to be average. k = 2, SFI = 69

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Three summit tour: DM/BW-014, BW-047 and BW-054

Abstract:

September 4th, 2020, 08:50 – 09:40 UTC and 12:00 – 13:00 UTC
My first activation of Hornisgrinde (BW-019) and Badener Höhe (BW-047). The raod to Hohloh (BW-054) was blocked and would have caused a diversion of about one hour. That’s why I finally skipped the third summit.

Wx: Sunny in the morning, some clouds in the afternoon. Temp about 25°C.
Walking time: 30 min up, 20 min down on BW-019 and 40 min up, 25 min down on  BW-047
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 130/ 250 vertical metres respectively

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.9Ah AGM battery, Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner as inverted L on a 6 metre squid pole on BW-019. On BW-047 set up as invered Vee in a tree.

Condx on all bands seemed to be average. k = 2, SFI = 70

On BW-019:
10 CW QSOs on 40m – 1 x S2S
9 CW QSOs on 30m – 1 x S2S
10 SSB QSOs on 40m – 1 x S2S

On BW-047:
9 CW QSOs on 40m – 1 x S2S
6 CW QSOs on 30m
8 CW QSOs on 20m – 1 x S2S

Highlight:
Nice day trip to the Black Forest.

Lowlight:
Blocked road on the way to BW-054. No possibility to reach and activate the summit on an alternative route.

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