finally spring is here ... and the fine weather is a good reason to do a sota activation. today i went up a small hill close to my home-qth. i chose to ascend from the eastern side, because there is a road leading up almost to the top. i had to walk only about 15 minutes.
i'm still doing some experiments about what is the best way to carry a buddipole-antenna up a mountain, that is why i'm choosing these mountains where i don't have to walk too far. on the summit i met a guy i haven't seen for ages ... we had a nice chat before i started unpacking my stuff.
as you can see on the photo ... my shack was very comfortable. the snow was gone completely and i could sit on the grass without getting very wet. the grillenparz is a very popular mountain for hikers so people came and went and were very interested what i was doing. even two little children made it up the mountain and were very surprised to find such a big antenna up here.
after completing two qso's on 145mhz i switched to 7mhz and found a clear spot. it seemed that conditions were a little better than on my last activation because i got better signal reports. at 0820 utc about 6-7 stations called at the same time ... my first sota pile-up!
on 14mhz i only had a local qso with oe5pen, no other contact were possible there. i hope that conditions will improve in the next few months on the higher bands. thanks to all operators who answered my cq-call.
13 contacts with 8 countries on oe/oo-316