I wanted to come back and thank all who participated in this very successful operation. The trip was over 1,000 km and through 4 countries in 18 hours. We left at 0500 and returned at 2300. It was a very long but very successful operation.
On the summit for HB0, we arrived at the top after a pleasant hike. We chose positions a bit apart and I was about to get on the air when my nephew Andreas-DO5AL walks over and tells me he is done. I ask why. Antenna is still in the car. So I completed my initial run on 40m, and with enough contacts to qualify and no other calls, I let Andreas have my antenna. SSB worked like SSB, but he managed several contacts and a few S2S contacts too. Being in a hurry to get to the next country/summit, we packed and ran quickly down the mountain to the car and started to the next.
Operations in HB9 went better. There was a restaurant at he top, and the car was only a few hundred meters away. I bought a big coke and dragged a chair under a tree and set up. Andreas was across from the parking lot on a bench. I did CW only, Andreas did SSB only. I was able to work 40m - 30m - 20m until there were no more calls I could hear.
One note. CW speeds are mighty impressive over here. If you called me and I just called CQ again, try getting a little closer to my speed. You did impress me. You also didn’t get the contact.
Again, thanks to those who helped in the planning, and to all the wonderful chasers. I wish I had made a photo of Andreas’ face when his pile-up got going.
Vy73 – Mike – DL/ and HB0/ and HB9/KD5KC.