yesterday it was raining all day long and the temperatures cooled down to about 20°c. perfect weather for sota! the ascent to the first summit took me about 1 1/2 hours and i passed the gradnalm-hut. i took an unmarked and rather unknown path up ... it's much nicer than the normal path. only the hunters and a few locals know the path.
on the summit the clouds did not disappear and so it got cold with all the sweaty stuff on my skin. but i made over 40 contacts before i moved on to the next summit for today.
it's only a walk of 30 minutes to the second summit and there is not much space to errect antennas. but with my small vertical it was no problem. but i was not able to tune my antenna to a good swr ... the swr-meter showed me crazy, unbelievable things. i managed to make 8 contacts before i left the place.
actually i only wanted to do the two summits, but the problem with my antenna made me walk to a third summit to try if the problem had gone. when i built up the antenna i noticed that one of the screws fixing the coil was loose and after fixing it the antenna worked great again. it was a big relief that the problem could be solved so easily.
also some contacts on 28mhz possible, but not very loud signals. it was almost 1700 local time when i packed my stuff and headed back to the car.
again i sent the actual operating frequencies along with my aprs-beacon and it worked fine. but i think that only a few aprs-chasers had a look to aprs.fi ... maybe in the future there will be more people watching out for me on aprs. on the last summit for today i almost had emptied my batteries of the vx-8 ... so i could not send all aprs-beacons.
42 contacts with 13 countries on oe/oo-061
8 contacts with 3 countries on oe/oo-065
30 contacts with 11 countries on oe/oo-072