VK/ZL – EU-S2S Event from DM/BW-099 – Achalm – 707m

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September 25th, 2022  05:55 – 07:40 UTC
I stopped counting my activations of Achalm. It’s one of my local summits and easy to access. I’ve been there many times…

Wx: Overcast/ misty, approx. 9°C
Walking time: 22 min. up, 13 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 190 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 15W, 2.5Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: J-Pole for 14MHz on a 10m squid pole

Conditions were good (SFI = 147, SSN = 128 and k = 2)

2   SSB QSOs on 20m, 1 x VK S2S, 1 x EU S2S
22 CW QSOs on 20m, 2 x VK S2S, 1 x JA S2S, 9 x DX

Highlights:
– Worked 10 x DX, thereof 4 x S2S
– Worked all continents from DM/BW-099 over the last years during VK/ZL- and Trans Atlantic S2S-Events (W/VE, FY, EA8, UA9/JA, VK/ZL)

Lowlights: none

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F/CR-233 – Beaume Lardière – 542m

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August 25th, 2022  9:00 – 9:20 UTC
My first activation of Beaume Lardiere.

Wx: Sunny, approx. 30°C, moderate breeze at the top
Walking time: approx 100 minutes up, 75 minutes down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 450 vertical metres

Rig: MTR-3B / 5W, 1000mAh Li-Ion battery (3S), Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: Liked EFHW dipole with TinyCoupler (1:64) as inverted Vee on a 6m squid pole (carbon fibre laminate)

Condx seemed to be good with k = 1, SFI = 108

16 QSO on 30m CW

Highlight:
– Nice hike with scenic views.

Lowlight:
– The telescopic mast snapped during activation.

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F/CR-304 – Charray – 872m

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August 20th, 2022  12:30 – 12:50 UTC
My first activation of Charry and the first activation of this summit.

Wx: Sunny, approx. 28°C, moderate breeze
Walking time: approx 30 minutes up, 20 minutes down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 190 vertical metres

Rig: MTR-3B / 5W, 1000mAh Li-Ion battery (3S), Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: Liked EFHW dipole with TinyCoupler (1:64) in several trees and bushes 🙂

Condx seemed to be ok with k = 3, SFI = 105

15 QSO  on  30m CW

Highlight:
– Nice hike and first activation of the summit.

Lowlight:
– None

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F/AB-603 – La Pinéa – 1771m

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August 16th, 2022  11:30 – 12:45 UTC
My first activation of La Pinéa.

Wx: Sunny, approx. 23°C, no wind
Walking time: approx 70 minutes up, 45 minutes down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 430 vertical metres

Rig: MTR-3B / 5W, 1000mAh Li-Ion battery (3S), Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: Liked EFHW dipole with TinyCoupler (1:64) as inverted Vee on a 6m squid pole (carbon fibre laminate)

Condx seemed to be good with k = 1, SFI = 131

6   QSOs on 40m CW, 1 x S2S
30 QSO  on  30m CW, 5 x S2S
13 QSOs on 20m CW, 1 x S2S

Highlight:
– Very nice trail to a magnificent summit

Lowlight:
– During setup I plugged the headphones in the wrong jack (paddles). Subsequently no sound could be heard and the receiver appeared to be dead. The MTR-3B has only one tiny dot on the LED display to indicate operation! It took me several minutes to find the problem.

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F/AB-430 – Bec Charvet – 1738m

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August 15th, 2022  10:45 – 12:20 UTC
My first activation of Bec Charvet.

Wx: Partly cloudy, approx. 20°C, moderate breeze
Walking time: approx 45 minutes up, 25 minutes down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 300 vertical metres

Rig: MTR-3B / 5W, 1000mAh Li-Ion battery (3S), Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: Liked EFHW dipole with TinyCoupler (1:64) as inverted Vee on a 6m squid pole (carbon fibre laminate) and Grund Plane for 20m on the same squid pole

Condx seemed to be good with k = 1, SFI = 126

15 QSOs on 40m CW, 3 x S2S
13 QSO  on  30m CW
23 QSOs on 20m CW, 1 x S2S

Highlight:
– Intersting hike on an aparently less known trail

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VK/ZL EU-S2S QSO Party from DM/BW-099 – Achalm – 707m (5)

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May 1st, 2022  05:10 – 06:40 UTC
My eighth activation of Achalm, one of my local summits, this time for the VK/ZL<> EU-S2S QSO-party.

Wx: Overcast/ misty, approx. 6°C
Walking time: 20 min. up, 15 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 190 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10-15W, 2.5Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: Delta loop for 20m on a 6m squid pole

Conditions were good (SFI = 120, SSN = 50) with a slightly increased k = 3

2   SSB QSOs on 60m, 1 x EU S2S
12 SSB QSOs on 20m, 5 x VK/ZL S2S, 2 x EU S2S, 4 x VK/ZL, 1 x FY
14 CW QSOs on 20m, 4 x VK/ZL S2S, 5 x VK/ZL, 5 x EU

Highlights: Worked 19 x DX, thereof 9 VK/ZL S2S

Lowlights: After about one hour I felt really cold because during antenna set up my feet had become wet.

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Trans-Atlantic S2S QSO Party from DM/BW-110 – Limburg– 598m (3)

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November 6, 2021  13:50 – 16:20 UTC
My third activation of Limburg – again for the trans-Atlantic S2S QSO-party.

Wx: Fog until the early afternoon, approx. 4°C, later sunny
Walking time: 25 min. up, 15 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 200 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.5Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: 42 ft (12.8m) random wire as inverted L on a 6m squid pole; vertical EFHW dipole on a 10m squid pole

Conditions were average at best: k = 4 (!), SFI = 94

2   CW QSOs on 40m, 1 x S2S
10 CW QSOs on 20m, 8 x S2S (4 x NA)
15 CW QSOs on 17m, 10 x S2S (6 x NA)
1  CW QSO on 15m, 1 x S2S (1 x NA)

Highlights:
Worked 11 NA S2S QSOs, the farthest was WA7JTM on W7A/MN-109 in AZ

Lowlights: None

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HB/OW-011 – Heitlistock – 2146m

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October 2nd, 2021  11:00 – 11:35 UTC
My first activation of Heitlistock.

Wx: Sunny, approx. 10°C, few clouds, moderate breeze
Walking time: approx 2 hours up, 1 hour down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 520 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle, FT-3D / 5W for VHF
Ant: EFHW dipole w/ QRP-L-Tuner as inverted L on a 6m squid pole, MFJ1714 for VHF

Condx seemed to be good with k = 1, SFI = 91

31 QSOs on 40m CW, 2 x S2S
1   QSO  on  2m   FM, 1 x S2S

Highlight:
– A great daytrip with friends
– Operating from a location with spectacular view on Eiger north face and many other summits

Lowlight:
– none

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