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ON7DQ trip to DL in March


#1

Hi all,

I’m slowly waking up from my winter sleep … hi.

My first activation trip for 2016 is coming up.
I’m going to the Bergheim Funkflohmarkt (hamfest) in Bergheim (DL) on March 12.
I will be staying in a hotel in Jülich, not so far from Bergheim, and very close to one of the few remaining summits in that area (after March 1st): DM/NW-134 Sophienhöhe.

On friday March 11, I’d like to activate as much ON summits as I can, from these four:
ON/ON-010 Baraque Fraiture
ON/ON-013 Bois de Hodinfosse
ON/ON-011 Sur Clair Fa
ON/ON-001 Signal de Botrange
(all depending on weather and traffic …)

The hamfest is on saturday morning, in the afternoon I would then like to go to
DM/NW-134 Sophienhöhe

Sunday is not sure, if the weather is good, I may go back to DM/NW-123 Sophienehoehe and take part in the UBA 2m contest (Sunday 7-11h UTC, CW/Phone) , and work some more chasers

On monday I’m going back to Belgium, maybe I can visit the two PA summits I did last time, PA/PA-002 and PA/PA-003

Now some questions …

  • Does anyone have some access info for DM/NW-134 Sophienhöhe (which parking lot to use, shortest walk to the summit, where best to setup …)
    The website of DO2KFC seems to be down …

  • Any SOTA activators also going to the Bergheim Hamfest?

  • Any activators also going to one of those summits on those days ?
    Would be nice to have some joint activation and/or have an eyeball chat …
    Let me know and we can arrange some meeting schedule

  • I finally got my Linx 7" tablet (with Windows 8.1 & FLDIGI) working via the mic/ear connector, via a homebrew interface into the KX3, so I could do some digital, but is it worth the trouble ? is anyone interested in PSK (or RTTY) for SOTA ? Let me know if yes …

and for everyone … hope to see you in my log !

73,
Luc - ON7DQ


#2

Maybe you mean Sophienhöhe DM/NW-134
Jim


#3

Indeed Jim, tnx for pointing out my error (corrected in original post) … I said I was still waking up, hi
Luc


#4

Luc, if you publish the fact you will have digi modes with you, people will be interested. The fact you could write up how to do this with a cheap tablet and free software may encourage more people to try.


#5

Hallo Luc…

I was up there in summer 2015.
Pls send me a email…fox fox lima at gmx.net
then I will send you some infos abt.

73 de Franz ON9CBQ


#6

Hello Luc,

I was on DM/NW-134 in 2014. It is a very good VHF site, a huge spoil heap with plenty of trees at the top but take off will be OK in winter, hi.

Here are my notes for access at the time:

L213 to Welldorf and continue east to Guesten. Take a local road called Buschfeld over the bridge (B55) to a small parking area (unsurfaced) at the base of the spoil heap. A path opposite a zig-zag forestry track will lead you to the top of the spoil heap (plateau). Proceed in a southerly direction for about 2km to the highest point. Note: the paths are suitable to all terrain bikes.
The ascent took about 45 minutes.

Wish you every success with your SOTA activation.

73, Phil ON4TA


#7

Hi All,

I just posted all alerts for my trip on sotawatch.
If anyone want another band/mode, just ask !
I can operate 40m - 2m, SSB, (SLOW) CW; PSK, RTTY.
For digimodes I won’t be using the Lynx 7" tablet, but direct keying in the KX3, and I will test-drive my newest Arduino project : a text reader with an LCD display which can hold up to 460 characters + logging onto SD-CARD with time stamp from RTC module (see pictures).

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I Hope it also works in the cold … :wink:
73
Luc ON7DQ