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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DM/ND-009 – Bungsberg – 167m (1)

Abstract:

August 27th, 2020, 09:15 – 10:20 UTC
My first activation of Bungsberg, the highest summit in Schleswig Holstein, and so far the lowest mountain I activated.

Wx: overcast, strong winds, approx. 7 bft. Temp approx. 15°C
Walking time: 2 min up and down. Bungsberg is a drive on summit.
Ascent/ descent: almost none

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.9Ah AGM battery charged by solar power, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner as inverted L on a 6m squid- pole.

Lots of QRM due to the strong wind. Good condx on all bands but low activity on 30 metres as often.

25 CW QSOs on 40m – 3 x S2S
1 CW QSO on 30m – 1 x S2S
14 CW QSOs on 20m – 1 x S2S

Highlights:
Nice view from the top.

Lowlight:
No possibility to escape from the strong winds because of the limited space near the top.

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DM/BW-099 – Achalm – 707m (4)

Abstract:

August 18th, 2020, 11:25 – 13:35 UTC
My fourth activation of Achalm, first time by bike/ foot.

Wx: sunny, light clouds and an approaching thunderstorm. Temp approx. 23°C
Cycling time: 75 min to the car park, 50 min back (18km one way)
Walking time: 20 min up, 12 min down
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 150 metres by bike and 185 metres on foot
Total duration: 9:25 UTC to 15:00 UTC

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

Lots of QRN on the low bands. Good condx on 20 metres and 17 metres. k = 1, SFI = 73

18 CW QSOs on 40m – 1 x S2S
12 SSB QSOs on 40m
4 CW QSOs on 30m
9 CW QSOs on 20m – 2 x DX (W4, JA1)
2 CW QSOs on 17m – 2 x DX (JA1)

Highlights:
This trip really felt like climbing a mountain!
DX- QSOs with W4 and JA1

Lowlight:
Approaching thunderstorm caused me to go QRT temporarily.

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DM/BW-853 – Blankenhalde – 871m (1)

Abstract:

August 14th, 2020, 13:50 – 14:00 UTC
My first activation of Blankenhalde, and possibly the shortest ever.

Wx: Heavy rain, temp approx. 16°C.
Walking time: none, Blankenhalde is a drive-on summit
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 0 metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.9Ah AGM battery, charged by solar power, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner as inverted L in a  tree.

Lots of QRN on 40 metres. k = 1, SFI = 73

9 CW QSOs on 40m

Highlight:
Equipment and operator survived the activation.

Lowlight:
Heavy rain

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DM/BW-038 – Lemberg – 1015m (3)

Abstract:

August 1st, 2020, 09:15 – 11:15 UTC
My third activation of Lemberg, this time together with Fabian, DC1SAF.

Wx: Sunny in the morning, becoming increasingly cloudy, temp above 30°C in the afternoon.
Walking time: 20 min up, 15 min down
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 150 metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.9Ah AGM battery, charged by solar power, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner as inverted L in a  tree.

Condx were good on all bands according to the RBN-spots. k = 0, SFI = 72
However, activity on 30 metres and especially on 20 metres was very low this time.

35 CW QSOs on 40m – 5 x S2S
12 SSB QSOs on 40m – 2 x S2S
4 CW QSOs on 30m
2 CW QSOs on 20m

Highlight:
Joint activation with DC1SAF.

Lowlight:
None

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DM/BW-852 – Herrenwald – 910m (3)

Abstract:

July 19th, 2020, 11:20 – 13:35 UTC
My third activation of Herrenwald.

Wx: Sunny, few clouds, temp about 20°C
Walking time: 10 min up, 8 min down
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 70 metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.5Ah Li-Ion 4S battery, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner as inverted V in a  tree.

Condx on all bands were averag at best. The number of QSOs was down compared to the last activations. On the higher bands sporadic E was present which allowed many short skip contacts into EU. k = 1, SFI = 69

19 CW QSOs on 40m – 3 x S2S
8 CW QSOs on 30m
10 CW QSOs on 20m – 2 x S2S
5 CW QSOs on 17m – 1 x S2S DX
2 CW QSOs on 15m

Highlight:
S2S DX QSO with N1ZF on W1/HA-157.

Lowlight:
None

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DM/BW-058 – Burg– 975m (2)

Abstract:

July 19th, 2020, 8:30 – 10:00 UTC
My second activation of Burg.

Wx: Sunny, no clouds, temp about 18°C
Walking time: 18 min up, 12 min down
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 100 metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.5Ah Li-Ion 4S battery, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner as inverted L in a  tree.

Condx on all bands were averag at best. The number of QSOs was down compared to the last activations. k = 1, SFI = 69

13 CW QSOs on 40m – 4 x S2S
21 SSB QSO on 40m – 4 x S2S
7 CW QSOs on 30m – 1 x S2S
2 SSB QSOs on 20m – 2 x S2S

Highlight:
Nice hike to a quiet summit.

Lowlight:
None

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DM/BW-046 – Plettenberg – 1002m (2)

Abstract:

July 4th, 2020, 10:30 – 13:30 UTC
My second activation of Plettenberg.

Wx: Sunny with some clouds, temp about 21°C
Walking time: 15 min up, less than 10 min down
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 100 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.9Ah AGM battery, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner as inverted L on a  6m squid pole.

Condx on all bands were good. On 20 metres sporadic E was present which allowed many short skip contacts into EU. k = 1, SFI = 68

41 CW QSOs on 40m – 8 x S2S
12 SSB QSO on 40m – 5 x S2S
20 CW QSOs on 30m – 4 x S2S
16 CW QSOs on 20m – 2 x S2S
1 SSB QSOs on 20m – 1 x S2S

Highlight:
20 summit to summit QSOs with more than 130 S2S points 🙂

Lowlight:
None

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DM/BW-064 – Heersberg – 964m (2)

Abstract:

June 21st, 2020, 08:50 – 11:30 UTC
My second activation of Heersberg.

Wx: Sunny, few clouds, temp about 18°C
Walking time: 25 min up, 20 min down
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 60 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.9Ah AGM battery, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner as inverted L on a  6m squid pole.

Condx on all bands were good. On the higher bands sporadic E was present which allowed many short skip contacts into EU. k = 1, SFI = 68

1 CW QSO on 60m – 1 x S2S
1 SSB QSO on 60m – 1 x S2S
24 CW QSOs on 40m – 6 x S2S
1 SSB QSO on 40m – 1 x S2S
28 CW QSOs on 30m – 5 x S2S
21 CW QSOs on 20m – 3 x S2S
4 SSB QSOs on 20m – 4 x S2S
13 CW QSOs on 17m – 1 x S2S, 1 x DX

Highlight:
22 summit to summit QSOs with more than 100 S2S points 🙂

Lowlight:
None

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DM/BW-014 – Weisstannenhöhe – 1190m

Abstract:

June 13th, 2020, 13:30 – 14:00 UTC
My first activation of Weisstannenhöhe.

Wx: Partly cloudy temp about 18°C, few raindrops on the way back
Walking time: 30 min up, 20 min down
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 230 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W, 2.2Ah LiPo battery, Palm Pico Paddle
Ant: 22 m end fed wire with QRP L- Tuner as inverted L in a tree.

Condx on all bands seemed to be average at best. But this was probably because my QTH was in the middle of a forest. There were only few RBN spots. k = 1, SFI = 71

7 CW QSOs on 20m
7 CW QSOs on 30m
10 CW QSOs on 40m

Highlight:
Nice chat with the owner of a biogas plant.

Lowlight:
Not a single S2S- QSO.

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