Hinteri Egg BL/BL-001

Well I thought it would be time to start this year’s SOTA season. Since my wife joined me, we toke an easy one. By car we got to Reingoldswil and went with the cable car up to Wasserfallen, where the Track starts up to Hinteri Egg. Fortunately, it wasn’t to hot. After an hour we were up there.

After installing my Equipment, I tried to find a free frequency on 40m, no way full of contesters. After I changed to 20m I needed a quarter hour to get 4 QSO in my log. After all a nice day after a long dark winter.

I worked Switzerland (one S2S), England and Central Russia.

 

 

 

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Hochwacht – Homberg HB/AG-012

After HB/AG-001 i went to Hochwacht / Homberg (HB/AG-012). A nice open place with tables, benches and kids playground. Over there is a Look-out, to see the surroundings.

From here one can see the Lake of Hallwil as well as the lake of Baldegg. From the parking (there is a restarant nearby) you walk for a couple of minutes to get to the activation area. On 40m i worked Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, England, Germany, Wales, Spain and Austria. The highlight was a s2s to Portugal.

 

 

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La Montagne – Rechtenberg HB/JU-004

Since i planed a second activation in HB/JU i had another one hour drive to “Chalet des Amis de la Nature, Rettemberg, Rue du Boutchu, 2824 Vicques JU”, from here a hike  through the Wood, there is no sign at the top, you must navigate yourself. I use Oruxmaps, i can recomend this app for Android. A dead fallen tree trunk was my temporary shack. The antenna wire i throw over the trees. From this location, i could work Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia and Poland on 40m. 3 s2s out of 15 QSO.

 

 

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Stierenberg HB/AG-001

My first activation in Kanton Aargau brought me to the Stierenberg. From the parking lot it was a short walk of a half hour. Close to the summit, you must follow a dirt track to get there. There a nice benches to install your shack. SInce there was no good signal on 20m i stuck to 40m, i worked Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Spain, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Austria, Poland and England, the last one with s2s.

Since i took some food, i decided to have a break here, for my dog i had some goodies that i throw away, so the dog had to search for them.

 

 

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Mont Raimeux HB/JU-001

After a drive from 1h i arrived at “Vers les Maisons 95, 2745 Grandval”, from here there is a 10minute hike to the top of Mont Raimeux. The way goes across a meadow full of cattle. Well they fled as they saw my dog. HI. At the top we have tables and benches, a perfect place for my shack.I setup the antenna again as inverted L and worked Switzerland, Wales and Greece, Two QSO out of 4  as s2s. one QSO on 20m the rest on 40m.

Take care, the net for your cellular could be a french provider.

 

 

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Geissflue HB/BL-007

On the pass “Salhöhe” is a big parking lot, after leaving the car we followed the regular hike path for one hour to get to the activation area. There is a small place and a lot of hiker are walking by. I decided to hang my efhw as a inverted L, i fixed my tripod with heavy rocks. The mast is about 7 mters, from there over a tree branch, the rest of the wire i throw over the cliff over the trees.

With this setup i worked switzerland, scotland and england on 20m. Since there was no sun on this corner and my wife was getting cold, i stopped after 4 QSO, so 3 out of 4 QSO were S2S.

On the way to the Top, you may go a small track to the top of “Kanton Aargau“.

The signal for cellular phone is very weak up there, no update on Sotawatch for s2s.

 

 

 

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F/VL-056 and F/VL-071

Since i made my sixtieth this summer, we spent some days in burgundy, near Chalon sur Soane. The first days were cold and wet, so just walked along the “Voie Verte“, very nice by the way.

I planned to make some sota during the holidays.

 

We started Sunday 02. July 2017 to activate 2 summits, here are the details.

 

The first Summit in that day was F/VL-071 “La Garenne de Chamilly”, the Activation Point lies in a forest, but there is same space not so wooded, a not perfect place to erect an antenna, but it worked. On this place i worked Italy and Switzerland on 40m, Spain and Croatia on 20m.

 

The Second Summit was FL/VL-056 “Mont Rome Château”, this is a bald hill, very easy to install the antenna. Unfortunately no sun, otherwise i would have had a nice view over the region. This was the second activation today, i worked Austria, Czechia and Polska.

 

WSPR from HB/BE-154

After the activation i made a WSPR Test with my equipment.

 

  • HyEndFed 10m-40m, inverted V north – south direction.
  • WSPR Beacon on my Android Nexus Phone
  • Wolphilink for PTT, as my transceiver does not support VOX
  • FX 9A Transceiver
2017-06-17 11:32  HB9FVK  14.097048  -10  -4  JN37  5  GM4SFW  IO77sn  1358  330
 2017-06-17 11:32  HB9FVK  14.096997  -11  -1  JN37  5  EA1IOW  IN83gj  930  245
 2017-06-17 11:32  HB9FVK  14.097029  -7  -4  JN37  5  DK0VLP  JO52kk  618  25
 2017-06-17 11:32  HB9FVK  14.097030  -7  -4  JN37  5  GM4SFW  IO77sn  1358  330
 2017-06-17 11:32  HB9FVK  14.097033  -25  -4  JN37  5  SV8RV  KM07ks  1565  129
 2017-06-17 11:32  HB9FVK  14.096978  -13  -4  JN37  5  LA3JJ  JO59bh  1332  8
 2017-06-17 11:32  HB9FVK  14.096998  -25  -4  JN37  5  SA7ORA  JO65sm  1003  24
 2017-06-17 11:32  HB9FVK  14.096996  -24  -4  JN37  5  N1BPD  FN41wq  5884  294
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040053  -24  -2  JN37  5  DL6OW-R  JO31kk  440  359
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040055  -28  -1  JN37  5  G8NXD  IO70je  939  293
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040075  -9  -2  JN37  5  DF5FH  JO42um  594  18
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040065  -11  -2  JN37  5  DK8JP/1  JO31gk  441  356
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040033  -17  -2  JN37  5  G4KRW  IO92fv  853  318
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040069  -19  -2  JN37  5  DF5FH  JO42um  594  18
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040038  -27  -1  JN37  5  G8HGG  IO92ec  802  313
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040047  -12  -2  JN37  5  M0DMC  JO02be  717  319
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040031  -18  -2  JN37  5  G4DCP  IO90lv  694  306
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040067  -23  -2  JN37  5  PA0MBO  JO32ke  524  359
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040071  -17  -2  JN37  5  DK3SML/RX2  JN49sf  273  43
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040050  -25  -1  JN37  5  2E0DBY  JO01ku  654  320
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040045  -6  -2  JN37  5  PA3FNY  JO22nc  531  346
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040064  -25  -2  JN37  5  ON7KB  JO21ei  470  338
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040093  -8  -2  JN37  5  DG2NPE  JN59tw  438  50
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040059  -19  -2  JN37  5  OZ1AEF  JO46xb  976  11
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040062  -11  -2  JN37  5  PH2M  JO22hc  541  343
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040045  -5  -2  JN37  5  PI4THT  JO32kf  528  359
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040050  -19  -1  JN37  5  F1ING  IN97nc  592  269
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040049  -18  -2  JN37  5  DL2ZZ  JO31lo  459  0
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040044  -15  -2  JN37  5  G3ZIL  IO90hw  717  306
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040054  -24  -1  JN37  5  PA0SLT  JO33kg  644  360
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040078  -21  -2  JN37  5  GM4SFW  IO77sn  1358  330
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040060  -6  -2  JN37  5  DL0HT  JO43jb  634  11
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040058  -20  0  JN37  5  LA7RTA  JO38fm  1228  359
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040067  -13  -3  JN37  5  DK8JP  JO31gk  441  356
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040049  -6  -2  JN37  5  F5OIH  JN06ci  528  259
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040034  -30  -1  JN37  5  G7RMG  IO80tu  775  302
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040053  -18  -2  JN37  5  G4HZX  IO91xk  670  314
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040080  -7  -2  JN37  5  DL/PA0EHG  JO32sq  581  4
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040051  -7  -2  JN37  5  DC5AL-R  JO31lk  440  0
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040049  -17  -2  JN37  5  DL1KAI  JO42vj  583  19
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040055  -4  -2  JN37  5  PA3FNY  JO22nc  531  346
 2017-06-17 11:28  HB9FVK  7.040062  -11  -2  JN37  5  PA0EHG  JO22hb  536  343

 

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Napf HB/BE-154

I left QTH at around 10.00h for an activation of the well known Napf. The car has been left at “Hinder Ey”, (you may give CHF 2.-, parking fee), after Luthern Bad just follow the Road. After a hike of 80min, you are on Top of the Napf, partly crowded this morning.

After some QSO, i went for a “Sure Most” (Cider) and a Sandwich.

 

 

 

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3. Schweizer Bergaktivitätstag

My selected Summit was HB/LU-011, i went with my Wife and the Dog. Up there is little space to erect an Antenna. The main activation was occupied by paragliders. My antenna was close to an electric fence that made a lot of QRM on 40m Band, therefore i used 20m with the disadvantage of not being heard overall in Switzerland.

I still worked 6 S2S QSO with HB Summits, as well as UK, Belarus and Norway. Since we wanted to have a walk down, i left early.

The way down is good for experienced hikers. Next day i was suffering muscle soreness.

 

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