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Activation summit PA/PA-005 and PA/PA-006
Summits On The Air - Sunday 11 June 2017 21:59
 
Today I activated two summits in PA. PA/PA-006 Signaal Imbosch 110m and PA/PA-005 Galgenberg (Terlet) 102m.

Both in SSB with a new home brew 50 Watt amplifier. On PA-006 it output was 15 Watt and on PA-005 30 Watt. Reports on PA-005 where indeed a bit better. I used the Yaesu FT-817nd on a 3 cell lithium 3100 mAh battery. The amplifier had its own 3 cell lithium 5200 mAh battery. As with most of my activations I used a End Feed Half Wave antenna on a 10m pole with a home brew tuner.

We walked from a parking place to the two summits and back. Total of 20 km. Nice wetter and beautiful nature.







QSO's logged
Date: 11-06-2017
Summit: PA/PA-006
UTCCallBandModeRST sentRST recv
11:11DL1DXL40mSSB-55
11:12EA2CKX40mSSB-52
11:12DK2RMP40mSSB-55
11:13HB9AGH40mSSB-55
11:142E0KVJ40mSSB-55
11:14OM1AX40mSSB-55
11:15G0RQL40mSSB-55
11:16G3RDQ40mSSB-55
11:16OK1SDE40mSSB-57
11:17G4WSB40mSSB-55
11:17GI0AZA40mSSB-55


QSO's logged
Date: 11-06-2017
Summit: PA/PA-005
UTCCallBandModeRST sentRST recv
13:24G4WSB40mSSB-57
13:25OK2BDT40mSSB-55
13:25G0RQL40mSSB-58
13:26GW0PLP40mSSB-54
13:26DK2RMP40mSSB-57
13:27DL1DXL40mSSB-55
13:28GI0AZA40mSSB-57
13:28HB9CEX40mSSB-59
13:29M0MDA40mSSB-57
13:30EA2CKX40mSSB-52
13:30F6FTB40mSSB-55
13:31GM4WHA40mSSB-45

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Activation summit F/VO-073 Le Haut Koenisbourg 733m
Summits On The Air - Monday 15 August 2016 15:20
 
The first summit in France this year. I went here by bicycle. 16km from the camp site. Climbing the last 8km to the top. Climbing about 500m in altitude.

Because of the terrorist threat and the chatteau attracts a lot of tourists, there were some military police with heavy automatic guns checking everyone's bags. I didn't come for the Chatteau on the summit so they didn't check my backpack with all the wires, batteries and electronic stuff what just might be A home brew explosive. (with some imagination). The 10m fibre mast looks like A riffle! But all went well.

Not many QSO's because after 15 minutes it started to rain. Also my internet connection didn't work so I could not spot my self on sotawatch. But after this activation I figured out how to spot via SMS.





QSO's logged
Date: 04-08-2016
Summit: F/VO-073
UTCCallBandModeRST sentRST recv
13:01IK3DRO40mSSB5957
13:02OE7PHI40mSSB5957
13:06PA5KK40mSSB5957
13:08S57ILF40mSSB5955
13:14S57T40mSSB5959

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Comming SOTA activations
Summits On The Air - Friday 5 August 2016 00:15
 
From 4 august till 14 august 2016 I try to do some SOTA activations. I'm in France in the Alsace/Vosges.

I will be QRV in CW on 40m around 7.032 MHz. As I am still a beginner CW OP please be gentle with me. 12-15 wpm with a little more space between the characters will do :-) Please no pile-ups hi!

My equipment:
- Yaesu FT-817ND 1 - 5 Watt output
- 10 meter fibreglass pole
- End feed half wave sloping antenna for 20-30-40m
- QRP Long wire tuner for EFHW antennas
- Internal FT817 battery
- 1900 mAh 10 x AA NiMH battery
- Inline microphone compressor

If 40m doesn't work I will try 30m CW on 10.118 MHz +/- QRM.

Hope to work you!

SOTA sites:
www.sota.org.uk
www.sotawatch.org
www.sotamaps.org

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This weekend SOTA activations
Summits On The Air - Thursday 27 February 2014 19:36
 
This weekend (1-2 march 2014) I will try to activate some SOTA summits in Belgium. Depending on the wetter and other activities I will try to activate ON/ON-001, ON/ON-010, ON/ON-011 and ON/ON-013.

I will be QRV in CW on 30m around 10.120 MHz. As I am still a beginner CW OP please be gentle with me. 15 wpm with a little more pause between the characters will do :-) Please no pile-ups!

I'm using a Elecraft KX3. 5 Watt output. 10 meter fibreglass pole. End feed half wave sloping antenna. 5000 mAh LiPo battery. QRP Long wire tuner.

If 30m doesn't work I will try 40m on 7.032 MHz.

Hope to work you!

SOTA sites:
www.sota.org.uk
www.sotawatch.org
www.sotamaps.org
www.adventureradio.de

Update:
Things didn't work out as planned! In the car, on the way to the holiday park, my wife told me she had booked a different park then what I thought the holiday park would be! (Amazing isn't!) The park she had booked was more to the west of Belgium. There was only one sota summit with more then one point. So no high score that weekend :-( But still a lot of fun :-)

The summit I activated was ON/ON-006 La Croix Scaille. It was 55 km driving. Walked about 2km. After 30 minutes transmitting it started to rain. I had to quit. The new KX3 worked great!

QSO's logged
Date: 01-03-2014
Summit: ON/ON-006
UTCCallBandModeRST sentRST recv
11:00ON6PB30mCW599599
11:02OM1AX30mCW599599
11:05F8FUU30mCW599579
11:10EA2LU30mCW599
11:15OK1AU30mCW599579
11:16DK7ZH30mCW599559
11:18G4SSH30mCW599599
11:20PA9M30mCW599599
11:23PA0SKP30mCW599599
11:24OK2QA30mCW599559
11:28DL7UR30mCW599559
11:30OE8SPW30mCW599599

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My first SOTA activation!
Summits On The Air - Friday 25 February 2011 23:19
 
On 23 februari 2011 15:00z I did my first SOTA activation! In Germany on summit DM/RP-003. "Schwarzer Mann" 697m. WX was cloudy temp was about 0C. Not very cold but after an hour, CW transmitting was getting more difficult. I made lots of errors.
The first 15 minutes nobody seems to hear me. But then there was 9A7W. My first SOTA QSO. Then again for 15 minutes nothing. Was my equipment working? Then at 15:32z G3RDQ was in the log. He put my callsign in the spot listing on the sotawatch site. That was when the pile-up started. As a beginner CW OP that was really hard. But I've managed to get 22 QSO's in the log. It was great! Reports where excellent. SOTA is fun!

Used equipment:
Yaesu FT-817ND @ 5 Watts CW 10.121 MHz.
Half wave end fed vertical on 30m band (on 15m fiber mast)
Tiny home-brew QRP longwire tuner
10m RG-58 coax (too long)
Kent paddle (too heavy. must replace this load)
10 x AA NiMh battery pack 12V - 2650 mAh
Magellan Meridian Gold GPS

SOTA sites:
http://www.sota.org.uk/
http://www.sotawatch.org/
http://www.adventureradio.de/

And now the results! 22 QSO's and 13 DXCC's entities worked!
9A DL EA G GM HA HB9 LZ OK OZ PA S5 SM

By activating DM/RP-003 "Schwarzer Mann" I earned my first 6 points. I can't wait until the next activation!

QSO's logged
Date: 23-02-2011
Summit: DM/RP-003
UTCCallBandModeRST sentRST recv
15:159A7W30mCW599599
15:32G3RDQ30mCW599579
15:39OK2SMP30mCW579599
15:41GM0OAA30mCW599579
15:42DK5WL30mCW579559
15:46DL1FU30mCW599
15:48HB9BIN30mCW599599
15:50OZ4RT30mCW599579
15:52OK1ZE30mCW599599
15:53EC2DM30mCW599599
15:54G4SSH30mCW599599
15:55OK1KT30mCW599599
15:56G0NUP30mCW599599
15:59SM7BUA30mCW559559
16:00HA5TI30mCW599569
16:02G4OOE30mCW599599
16:03PA0WDG30mCW559
16:05S57N30mCW599579
16:07S51ZG30mCW599599
16:09LZ1GC30mCW599559
16:11HA7UG30mCW599579
16:13OK2QA30mCW599599

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