I‘m Matthias, DO7OX from Bavaria. I‘ve just gotten my license in May this year and am starting to explore this great hobby. Because I like to be outdoors and didn‘t want to put up a large Antenna at my home I only work portable. Both FM on 2m and 70cm and SSB on 10,15 and 80m.
As I am reasonably close to the alps (I have a very nice view of the mountains from my home QTH) SOTA was something I was interested in right from the start. So yesterday I finally made time for my very first attempt.
With minimal equipment, just a 2m/70cm HT with a Signal Stick Antenna and a notebook, I climbed one of the smaller mountains (some might call them foothills) close by, the Schwarzenberg, DL/MF-090.
I was a bit doubtful if I would be able to get enough contacts with my HT but it turned out just fine! Along with nice weather - not too hot - I managed to get five QSOs that were very friendly and most of them with excellent quality, almost no noise at all! The furthest contact was around 80km.
So in short: I had a great time and am really happy how it worked out!
I hope to do it again soon and look forward to hearing some of you on the air.
Matthias , DO7OX