this is just a quick activation report for my operation from DL/AL-132 Hochgrat yesterday - mainly a bit of background for the many callers whom I could not handle.
The Hochgrat is a famous summit in summer and winter; this time, I did it on skis, with an ascent of roughly 1000m. Snow was better than feared for the ascent, challenging on the way down.
I took the standard path from the “Hochgratbahn” parking at 856 m asl (parking fee 4 EUR, don’t hope to get away without paying along the summer trail. A good description is at Skitour auf den Hochgrat – allgaeu-plaisir.de.
Tiny SOTA Station with MTR3B inside, @HB9BCB EFHW with traps (and links for 17 and 15m, not used), 6m CF mast
Once I reached the open summit, it was very windy - I had hoped for a relaxed activation because I had been there before, and propagation was good. But it’s never too late to learn - the wind chill effect was so strong that within minutes, my fingers froze terribly - I had to take ‘glove’ breaks when setting up the antenna, and again before calling CQ simply because my fingers were almost dead. There was also no way to operate from a more protected place within the AZ, because it’s all on the ridge.
When I had managed to be QRV, my fingers were dead; I had difficulties getting the earphones into my ears. At 1321Z I was finally calling CQ (after 16 minutes, where I usually need just 5). And then I noticed I had forgotten to set the keyer message for CQ properly, it was still set to OE/DK3IT/P. So I tried to call CQ manually, knowing the RBN and thus RBNhole would maybe not spot me.
On top, I forgot to switch the power from 3W to 5W.
There were many more chasers, but my fingers were dead, the earphones were falling out of my ears again and again, and so I had to pack up and leave. I am really sorry I could not get back to all other chasers, but when the fingers hurt when warming up, you know it was a close call ;-).
All the best!
73 de Martin, DK3IT