Wednesday, December 29, 2010

hochsalm 1405m (sota oe/oo-063)

i gained some weight during christmas time ... so i decided to do another summit for exercise. fog in the valley and nice blue sky on the summit. unfortunately there was bad weather coming from the south and the sun hid behind dark clouds. so it got very cold up there ... i managed 9 qso's in 20 minutes. not very much snow on the mountain, i even left my snoeshoes in the car. thanks for all the nice contacts in 2010 and i wish all of you a HNY 2011!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

schieferstein 1206m (sota oe/oo-277)

beautiful weather and temperatures up to 20°c is very unusual for that time of year. but today the weatherman was 100% right and i enjoyed a great day on the mountain.

the way up was nice, but a little slippery. most of the path is on the ridge of the mountain, so i had to be careful. i even had to climb up a ladder! i reached the summit after 1 1/2 hours of walking ... lot's of other people also hiked up, so it was hard to find a nice place in the sun. but you can see on the photo that i managed to find a place to rest :-)

today on 2m there were several stations qrv, i even managed five summit-2-summit-qso's. i spent two hours on the summit. my aprs-beacon was digipeated often during my ascend and descend.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

pfannstein 1423m (sota oe/oo-061) and herrentisch 1333m (sota oe/oo-072)

almost three months passed since my last sota-activation. today i chose pfannstein and herrentisch which i have activated before. i started my tour at "kremsursprung" and walked up a nice path that is not marked in any map ... only few people know that trail. millions of leaves on the ground combined with my hiking boots produced a very high noise level :-)

after 1 1/2 hour i reached the first summit of today. unfortunately not a single station answered my cq-call on "rauher kalbling", so i had to leave for the next summit without a valid activation.

half an hour later i was on top of "pfannstein" and had a look at the newly built cross on the summit. after i found the pfannstein-geocache i tuned my vx-8 to 145.500 and found that oe5ein (max) was already qrv from a summit nearby. we had a nice chat and after a while i made five contacts. so i was ready to leave for the next summit.

i already activated "herrentisch" this year in may, but it's a nice summit and so i could not resist to visit the place. again i had a chat with oe5ein, who also had reached another summit. unfortunately the sun hid behind the clouds, but it was very warm for november.

sorry, but no photos today. my aprs-beacon was digipeated several times ... here is a screenshot:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

kleiner sonnstein 923m (sota oe/oo-100) and großer sonnstein 1037m (sota oe/oo-087)

the tour started between traunkirchen and ebensee at a crowded parking place. i knew that this is a popular mountain, but i did not expect so many people. the way up is steep and nice. it would be even more nice if there were less people around. about 2 minutes before the summit there is a hut where you can buy food and drinks. on the summit there was permanent coming and going of people. i was glad i chose a spot a little off the path to build up my station. the view was fabulous (now i know why so many people go up there ...)

after some qso's on 7, 14 and 145 mhz i headed for the second summit. a nice walk of about 45 minutes and after some rock climbing (very easy) i reached gr. sonnstein at 14:00 local time. again the signals on hf were not too good and so i did not stay too long on shortwave. on vhf i worked oe5iro and oe5rtp who were on a big sota-expedition with lot's of summits on the "höllengebirge".

nothing special happened on the way down and i reached the car at 16:30 local time. on the way home i had another chat with oe5iro and oe5rtp, who were already activating another summit.