The weather today is not too favorable for activating as we have showers in the Harz area, so we will visit the historic town of Goslar and if weather conditions permit I will activate Eckberg DM/NS-115 either on our way there or on the way back. DM/NS-001 would also have been a possibility if the weather had been dry but probably unlikely now. I will not alert my activity for Ecksberg until I am near the summit.
Yesterday we walked up the Brocken DM/SA-001 from Torfhaus. 34 QSOs on 40m and 20m in CW/SSB. The summit area is a busy place with cafes and restaurants to buy your dinner and drinks. The steam train brings in many customers!
We got caught out in the Lidl supermarket in Claustau-Zellerfeld where we are staying, which cost us €3 extra. I discovered that if you buy water in plastic bottles in Germany you pay a surcharge of 25 cents per bottle. We bought two packs of 6 small water bottles so that is why we paid the extra €3 I discovered on asking. I am unsure whether we have to return them back to the actual place we bought them to reclaim the surcharge or whether we can return them anywhere. Perhaps our German Ham SOTA friends can say?
Tomorrow we go to Teplice in Czech for 5 nights, I do not think there is a plastic water bottle surcharge there so we should have waited to get stocked up!