Activation report of ‘Moritzberg’ DM/BM-210:
Tuesday 8th November 2022
Well that was a great bit of fun yesterday with Karl @DL2NGT on our joint SOTA activation from the summit of ‘Moritzberg’ DM/BM-210.
As you were aware from my above message, I had a business trip to Nuremburg in Germany. As us SOTA folk do…. I checked if there was any summits near-by and loan behold there was
Karl kindly come back to me explaining he’d love to join me and drive to the summit for us to activate it and have a great time - which we did.
I landed overseas picking a great day for SOTA, the sun was rising bright in the sky and no rain was to be seen:
Once I’d reached the hotel, Karl picked me up and off we went on our SOTA jollies.
Excuse the very tired and pale look from myself I’d missed a nights sleep!
We parked up in a small car park and followed a tarmac road for half a mile which gradually climbed to the peak of the summit. Now, this is what I call luxury SOTA - there were benches on top and even a pub and restaurant!! COME ON SNOWDONIA, GET IT RIGHT!! hi.
It was very quiet on top, so we set up our office on one of the tables provided and our antenna to the side of a small park. The equipment comprised of my faithful Elecraft KX2, 10.8v Li-ion battery pushing 10w into the EFHW being held up by my SOTAbeams 4.1m pole.
It was time to begin calling out CQ SOTA and find out what state the bands were in.
We began on 20m which was working very well and enabled us to have a great pile-up ending with 29 stations in the log - what a start!
After putting out final calls we moved over to 40m which wasn’t so good but we did manage a further 19 stations in the log
We shared the microphone on both bands working each station who called into us also managing to take a quick photo of us both working very hard:
Once everyone was worked and there was no further callers, we decided to pack up as it was getting pretty cold! The wx stayed on our side all afternoon with blue sky and the sun showing itself on occasions.
I had a brief look around - lovely part of the country. I do recommend activating this summit if your in the area. It’s a 6 pointer, very easy to access and you have food and beer on tap when on the top!
I’d like to say a massive thank you to Karl for your great help and company, I had a fab afternoon!
Also thank you all very much who called into our joint station - the support was greatly appreciated until next time…….
73, DL/G4BML/p Ben & DL2NGT/p Karl