Thank you for your patience in contacting me S2S on your Mountain Goat Peak!
I was able to contact both you and DL3TU, Roman, who started this set of messages.
Since I am in Colorado, we had a short window of time in which to make S2S contacts. While you were near the end of your day, we marched up our summit W0C/SR-052, Thorodin Mountain, before dawn. We wore headlamps and saw the stars - then halfway up the trail to the summit, the sun rose, and the forest was illuminated in brilliant, stunning glory!
The temperature was near freezing at 3213 meters, and there was a cold wind at first. A little snow was dusted on the granite rocks. For the first hour I heard no DX, but at 1523 G8CXK/P, Gerald, (G4OIG) made my first trans-Atlantic S2S contact on 17M CW.
A few minutes later I logged DL4TO/P, and two minutes later, DL3TU/P - both on 17M CW. I also heard DL4FO/P but was not able to contact him.
Gerhard, you certainly have earned Mountain Goat! You are a highly skilled operator with excellent ears!
I was using my KX2 at 10W out, and my antenna was a 20M end-fed wire, inverted-L, up about 6M, fed with my homebrew tuner. This antenna is not resonant on 17M, and I used no counterpoise. The wire was located on the east end of the high summit ridge, running NW-SE, above a slope leading down in your direction. I have never made an S2S contact with DM before! The path to Colorado is more difficult than to the USA East Coast.
Thank you both for your efforts and keen skills! It was my birthday, and you gave me great joy!