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Already checked out your score for the HB15SOTA diploma? [Part 2]

Hi Roman

Don’t worry, that was my very own problem. This bus service runs only every two hours and I realized only on the descent that it would leave the trail head 5 minutes earlier on this round as an exeption.

Dear Heinz

HB/GR is on my list, but unscheduled so far. There are 4 lowland summits and 2 popular tops of ski areas with cablecars in GR. But most of the other summits are covered in meters of snow at present and the domain of the specialists or of nobody. In case you prefer CW, we should alert our CW guys like Jürg, @HB9BIN, or Bruno, @HB9CBR. But they are not from this region and it takes them longer trips from their homes. So any type of availability remains part of this HB15SOTA game since we can’t provide any cantons for sure. And yes, unfortunately even not all HB15SOTA operators alert their activities although this would help the chasers and especially the S2S operators! :roll_eyes:

But in case you take a microphone with you I’d certainly love to come back to your calls on 60 m SSB as already done earlier – enjoying it here that 60 m is allowed now even in your country. A major problem at present are the primary user on 5363.6 and some “long talkers” on the only remaining reasonable SSB QRG. Since I’m not yet retired I can travel only on Saturdays, and same problem probably on your side.

Vy 73 de Markus, HB9DIZ


Hi everybody,

i intend to activate HB/GR-161 Crupspitz with call HB15SOTA tomorrow 08.04.2021 around 1030 to 1300 z +/- // CW only.
73 s Bruno HB9CBR


1030 to 1300 z …


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Hi Bruno,

I have to be in office tomorrow :frowning:

Will try to sneak out during my lunch break. Today I could not copy Jürg while he was on HB/SO-019 at all. I hope condx are better tomorrow.

Thanks, Heinz, OE5EEP

Just added for tomorrow at 09:30z an alert for HB/SO-012. Probably I’ll try also 60m and activate HB/SO-013 afterwards, after I checked-out the nearby castle. I like to combine sightseeing with SOTA, there is always something new to be discovered.

As always, one can follow me on APRS.

Since I live in the very Nord-West corner of Switzerland (Basel), the alps are pretty far away, especially canton GR. This would need an overnight stay.
Therefore, before COVID border restrictions, I activated a lot in the Black Forrest (Germany) or in the Voges (France) that are much closer to me.

73 Stephan


:+1: Bingo, Heinz and Guru are in Bruno’s log.

73, DIZ


I still need GL and NE preferably 40m. or 60m. CW. My rig is QRP and my antenna is a windom dipole. I would like to complete the 24 cantons that I have so hard pursued. I ask for information one day in advance. Many thanks to the activators.
73 Oscar

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Yes, I had some difficulties with QSB on 60m, but we finally made our QSO. Thanks Bruno!
Great that we made it on 60m because I had to leave for some errands and I wasn’t home when Bruno activated on 30m, which is usually the best band for EA-HB contact.
I already qualified for my Enzian diploma

claimed for it and got it right away from Tom @HB9DPR. Thank you!
You can see it here:

I now need 2 cantons (AI & UR) only for Edelweiss

and a full month to chase them. I think this is something achievable.
Let’s keep fingers crossed.



After returning from the two SO-summits today and hearing that some chasers still need BL, as well as seeing that the weather doesn’t look too good from Sunday on, I decided to activate a BL summit tomorrow: I just alerted for HB/BL-015 from 10:30z on.

I hope to hear you tomorrow!

73 Stephan


Hi Stephan,

Can I congratulate yourself and the HB15SOTA team on a very professional approach to this award it has been very satisfying to take part I don’t think I will make the Edelweiss Award as I was late in starting but it is the taking part that counts and have had countless hours of fun. Thanks again for all the hard work that the team has put in.

Regards Brian



I feel really blessed to have made 11 Cantons from this side of the pond.
So far Alpenrose is all I qualify for but with the condx I am glad I got this
many so far. Thanks to all the activators. JohnPaul//AB4PP


Hi Brian,

Thanks for the flowers, which I pass to the organizers of HB15SOTA that indeed do a great job! Thanks to the logging app I use (VK-port-a-log) it’s super simple to send the logs also to the diploma manager Tom HB9DPR who merges all the data .

Thank you Brian and all the others for the contacts of today. In total I have 67 in the log, of which are 16 S2S and two Flora&Fauna ones.

Propagation was not that great and changing. Except a station that I could hear during the whole stay on 15m from South Africa, there was hardly any DX noticeable.

It was pretty warm and the sun was mostly shining. Also the location that I chose this time was perfect: there is a public hut with a table and bench that gives shelter from rain. Even a nearby grill is available. This is really a deluxe SOTA activation place and recommended for longer activations. HB9CYV with whom I a had a S2S uploaded a photo to https://sotl.as/summits/HB/BL-015.

After I packed up and hiked within the activation zone to a better VHF place, I saw that Markus @HB9DIZ spotted on HF. Unfortunately, I soon had to leave and 2m FM probably didn’t make it to HB/AR-012.

73 Stephan

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I made “Enzian” today thanks to Stephans activation of HB/BL-015!

I missed Markus, HB9DIZ on both his activations because of bad timing on my side. I left the summit a few minutes before Markus became active on 60m, but I had to be home in time. On 40m I could not get through the pile-up.

I doubt that I still can reach “Edelweiss” I worked HB15SOTA only occasionally last year but started serious chasing in March after I became aware of the SOTA diploma through this thread.

Thanks for all your efforts in activating and organizing this special call!
Hunting HB15SOTA is lots of fun!

73 Heinz