Hohloh – DM/BW-054 – 984m

Abstract

December 18, 2020  11:40 – 13:50 UTC
My first activation of Hohloh (after I had to cancel it in September due to a blocked road).

Wx: Sunny, approx. 6°C, no clouds
Walking time: 20 min. up, 20 min. down
Ascent/ descent: approx. 100 vertical metres

Rig: KX3 / 10W,  2.5 Ah Li-Ion battery (4S), Palm Mini Paddle
Ant: Trapped EFHW-dipole as inverted L on a 6m squid pole.

Excellent condx on all bands. SFI = 82, k = 1.

14 CW QSOs on 60m, 1 x S2S
50 CW QSOs on 40m, 1 x S2S
16 CW QSOs on 30m, 1 x NA
24 CW QSOs on 20m, 1 x S2S, 3 x NA, 1 x OC

Highlights:
– 104 QSOs in 130 minutes – an all time record!
– First SOTA-QSO with ZL
– Re-deisgned EFHW-transformer with the smaller T82-43 toroid works excellent.

Lowlights:
– An IK2-chaser calling non-stop without ever being able to copy my signal

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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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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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DM/BW-002 – Herzogenhorn – 1415m

Abstract:

June 12th, 2020, 13:50 – 14:40 UTC
My first activation of Herzogenhorn.

Wx: Sunny, only few clouds, warm
Walking time: About one hour but no record is available.
Ascent/ descent: Approx. 230 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. The number of QSOs was average. k = 1, SFI = 71

10 CW QSOs on 20m  – 1 x S2S
13 CW QSOs on 30m
9 CW QSOs on 40m – 1 x S2S

Highlight:
Meeting DM3FAM at the summit.

Lowlight:
None

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DM/BW-001 – Feldberg – 1493m

Abstract:

June 12th, 2020, 10:30 – 11:10 UTC
My first activation of Feldberg.

Wx: blue sky with no clouds at all, pleasant temperature
Walking time: approx. 60 minutes up, 0 minutes down as we took the chairlift
Ascent/ descent: approx 250 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.

Good condx on 40m for central EU with loud signals and a small pile- up.
30m was disappointing with lots of QRM from the transmitting stations nearby.
k = 1, SFI = 71

23 CW QSOs on 40m – 5 x S2S
3 CW QSOs on 30m – 1 x S2S

Highlight:
Magnificent view of the Swiss Alps: Eiger, Mönch Jungfrau,…

Lowlight:
Lots of QRM on 30m.

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DM/BW-015 – Hochfirst – 1190m

Abstract:

June 11th, 2020, 08:50 – 10:00 UTC
My first activation of Hochfirst.

Wx: Overcast with sun from time to time, temperature approx. 14°C
Walking time: Zero, Hochfirst is a drive-on location
Ascent/ descent: almost 0 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 on a 6m- squid pole.

Condx on 30 metres and 40 metres were good with loud signals from all over EU and a small pile- up on each band.
k = 1, SFI = 71

31 CW QSOs on 40m
2 SSB QSO on 40m – 2 x S2S
32 CW QSOs on 30m – 1 x S2S

Highlight:
65 QSOs in less than 70 minutes net. operating time
One of the QSOs with DX.

Lowlight:
The QSD when operating the paddles with my left hand persists.

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