There was a short weather window this weekend, and I was glad to get out of the house after a bout of flu and laryngitis. I went to the Masenberg (OE/ST-267) on Saturday. The carpark is in the activation zone so no real challenge, even in winter. However, as I was setting up outside the chapel, a huge block of ice slid off the roof and hit the ground. I decided to work in the doorway as it had a porch and thus some protection from falling ice. All went well until towards the end, when two people went into the chapel (which I had assumed was closed for winter like the hut nearby). Luckily I was just about finished, so I packed up quickly, made a quick donation in the chapel to atone for my sins, and went on my way.
I needed some exercise after so long cooped up at home, so I went for the Roßeck (OE/ST-197) today to get the legs moving and collect a winter bonus for my trouble. My efforts were well rewarded:
The snow was about a foot deep at the top of the mountain. With a chilly breeze blowing, this definitely felt like a winter activation and I began to regret not bringing a warm drink in a flask along. Luckily, my down jacket kept me toasty:
I include a link because between Christmas and New Year they will be reduced considerably in price. If you’re thinking of improving your insulation for the coming season, these offer about the best value you will find. I managed to get my mast tied up to the summit cross:
My antenna was in something of an inverted L configuration, but it still functioned perfectly without any need to retune. The furniture made life easier:
The only thing to not work as planned was the PicoAPRS; for some reason my messages didn’t get through. Thank you to the chasers who picked me up and spotted me, I got the usual 30 odd contacts on CW. If anyone else has an activation report they would like to add, please feel free, I don’t consider this ‘my thread’ by any means. Enjoy the coming winter season!
73 de OE6FEG / M0FEU