AGCW VHF Contest June 2016

Summit Activation # 515

Our car is broken and we decided to buy a new one. But it needs about 6 weeks to rebuild it for wheelchair access. Meanwhile I drive my BMW scooter … and I was ready for AGCW VHF Contest, Antenna and mast were in the scooter’s backpack.

From the „carpark“ Schweizerhaus it is only a short hike, about 1km, until the outlook tower. The setup was routine: put together the DK7ZB 5 ele, push up the fiberglass mast, connecting the station.

I heard the first stations calling CQ, worked one and then as usual: CQ de DM7N. ODX was F6DCD for 434 km. Then suddenly a gush and thunderstorm came up – during a QSO my Palm Paddles were flooded and the key had feeled 50 wpm. That was too quick for me and the other station. Fast as a lightning (like around me) I shut down the station and walked downstairs into the shelter at the foot of the outlook tower and had to wait some 20 minutes until I could leave DA/NI-238 Mordkuhlenberg.

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Another Activation from TERRA.vita Nature Park

eQSL for this activity
eQSL for this activity

Hike to the watermill (first mention 1253 CE),  4000 years old hunebeds (Dolmen) and the Wittekindsburg (castle ruins from the early middle ages / Saxon Wars, sadly no WCA reference) and operating from the bush in TERRA.vita Nature Park (GMA DA/NI-280, GMA Castle DAC/NI-001, DLFF-0125). The temperatures were about 25°C, sunny with a short rain break. In the log are 20 QSOs.

SOTA Activities in German Low Mountains (Association DM)

After three month of renewed massively reduction of SOTA references in DM I wanted to take a look back at the SOTA activations. Is it just as predicted that nothing will change? Or do the deletions of the many references effects?

From the GMA log the trend is clearly read. In February everyone has probably visited his local mountains. A fabulous activity can be seen with the February peak

Activations from the GMA-Logbook
Activations from the GMA-Logbook

From March, the GMA-members are not so often QRV from the DM mountains (blue line), but DA mountains experienced an unbroken popularity and reach in May 2016 even a peak (red line), DL mountains (Germany Alpine SOTA Association, green line) continue to play almost no matter.

The SOTA year 2016 began excelling. In the same period in 2015 there was an increase by 80% (!) of activities.

(Blue = German stations, Orange = foreign visitors)

In the period after the big cutting it looks a bit different. The SOTA activities decreased by 23%, the activations of German operators by 30%. The number of participants has declined by 20%, the share of German Activators even by 33%.

Because of the excellent start to the year 2016 compared to 2015 looks positive.

Here the share of German Activators January-May …

Here the share of German Activators March-May ..

In DA-references (that’s valid for GMA only) it looks like that the number of activator remained unchanged (January-May 2016 compared to 2015), but the number of activations increased to 40%. The Chaser have logged a total of 2,425 different DA-activations of 247 different stations on 375 different DA references.

During the same period 933 activations of DM references were via SOTAwatch published with 153 activators on 457 summits.

(Sources: http://www.cqgma.de, http: //www.sotawatch.org)

50 MHz Sporadic-E

Setup at the last weekend: my 50 MHz portable antenna in the garden abt 10m high. This is a horizontal polarized delta-loop. Okay – it has not so much gain but it is nearly a omnidirectional antenna. I made a lot of nice QSOs this weekend with my 25w output. What I heard I could work and some stations returned to my CQ. Nice!

Sporadic-E on Wikipedia

Operating from Wales and England

In early May I (M0GQY) was on a trip to North Wales for operating from SOTA summits and for a little bit sightseeing. I stayed at Mike, GW0DSP, and his wife Anne, who were fabulous hosts. Thanks again! The wx was quiet good, sometimes very windy on the mountains. HF conditions were sadly not so good. Steve, G1INK, joined us for the most time and we also met Mike, 2E0YYY, on G/SP-010, where we set up 3 stations.

The flight was from Bremen to Manchester and back. Of course, there was again a special security check because of the radio equipment, but everything was okay and the inspectors as usual very friendly.

Here some impressions from the trip:

Hankenüll, DM/NS-058

07-FEB-2016: Hankenüll, DM/NS-058, JO42CC. This is a typical landscape from the Teutoburg Forrest. A small ridgeway and on both sides it falls steep down. This was the last SOTA activation from this summit, meanwhile it is deleted. 50 QSOs within one hour, 11°C, heavy winds, 25w output to a linked dipole and a lot S2S (Summit to Summit) qsos.

DM/NS-026 – Hüggel

Die vermutlich letzte, für SOTA gültige, Aktivierung des Hüggels. Zum 1. März 2016 werden hunderte Gipfel aus der deutschen SOTA Liste gestrichen, weil auch im Mittelgebirge die Maßstäbe der Hochgebirge angewendet werden: 150m Schartenhöhe. Das bedeutet, hier in der Osnabrücker Gegend bleibt nur noch der Dörenberg übrig … aber zum Glück gibt es ja „GMA„, bei dem keine Schartenhöhe angewandt wird, sondern der Spaß im Vordergrund steht.