Preliminary report for OE/TI-042 and OE/KT-006
I’ve been hiking and climbing in the Schobergruppe from August 12th until 15th.
The wx condx were quite unsettled. On Friday, I was approaching Böses Weibele, OE/TI-042
during a heavy snowstorm and snow levels of about 15 cm. I wasn’t able to setup
my HF equipment on the peak due to heavy winds. And I wasn’t able to get some
chasers on 145,5 MHz in FM either. After one hour of calling, I left the summit
and went to the next bivouac to stay overnight.
Have a break, …
have an apple!
At sunrise on Saturday, there was no overcast sky at all. Early this morning, I left my huge backpack (about 25 kg)
at the bivouac and climbed to OE/KT-042 only with minimal equipment for HF. I
worked 10 stations on 20m SSB from 7 countries.
Elberfelder Hütte (2,346 m ASL)
Because two attempts were required to activate OE/TI-042 successfully, activating another
summit on Saturday wasn’t possible. I went to Elberfelder Hütte (alpine hut)
and stayed there over night in order to approach OE/KT-006 (2nd
highest summit of the Schobergruppe, 3281 m ASL). The next day turned out to be
as wonderful as Saturday in terms of wx conditions and propagation conditions.
I went to Roter Knopf, OE/KT-006 (hiking and a bit of climbing) and stayed on
the peak for several hours. I was able to work 62 stations on 20m, 40m, 17m and
2m from 25 countries, thereof 5 S2S contacts.
As I arrived at the Elberfelder Hütte in the evening in order to stay there for another night, the weather got bad. During the
evening and throughout the night, heavy rainfalls and thunderstorms occurred.
The weather report forecasted sunshine until midday but heavy rainfalls and
thunderstorms for the afternoon and evening. Doing another summit on my last
day in the Schobergruppe would’ve been risky. So I went back to Kals am
Grossglockner, were I left my bicycle. As expected, it began to rain and to
hail with thunderstorms. I found shelter in a refuge and stayed there for
more than 1 ½ hours before I was able to return to the valley safely.
During the hiking trips, at the biwak and the alpine hut; I met many interesting people
and had interesting conversations not only about amateur radio but also about
DK3CW, Jakob ‘JP’