I intend to go back after two years absence to OE/TI-517 Hohe Salve next Monday (7th. December) and activate it, specifically looking to give contacts on 10 metres and 6 metres for the SOTA challenge. The weather, while cold, promises to be dry and sunny, so if I don’t get flooded with calls on 10m and 6m, I will also try 20 or 40m.
The set up will be QRP - just the 5w SSB from the FT-817 to an off centre fed dipole at about 5m AGL.
I had hoped to have a 2 element 6m beam with me but after a disasterous test today, I will need to re-build that - perhaps on my next excursion to Austria, it’ll be ready?
Note I can only operate 6m portable in Austria as it is not legal in Germany, so I hope the chasers appreciate the extra distance I have to travel to do this.
To make this a little different, I will be running my Australian call, prefixed with OE, not the German call. So please listen out for OE/VK2JI/P from OE/TI-517 next Monday somewhere around noon local time. I will self-spot.
Here’s hoping for a few six metre and ten metre contacts!
73 Ed, DD5LP / VK2JI / G8GLM.
If I can erect my dipole where I did last time, it will run roughly E-W meaning the direction of radiation is mostly going to be to the North and the South. As there are higher mountains to the south my best chance of contacts on 6m and 10m are likely to be from Austria, Germany, the Benelux countries or if propagation is very good, possibly into the UK.