First of all many thanks to HB9CZF and M0GIA, who encouraged me to improve the antenna situation the way I did: I built a ZM-4 BLT and a Norcal Doublet antenna, also I purchased a fiber tower from DK9SQ.
I made my first steps with this new equipment last weekend.
At first I hiked up to OE/OO-281 (Zwieselberg) to do a first activation. With a good map and my memories from skiing in winter I found my trail (no marked hiking tracks at this mountain). The first use of my new antenna brought 11 QSOs on 40m in CW within minutes.
As I was a little bit late I packed my gear and headed to OE/OO-066 (Ploeckenstein) at the border between Austria and the Czech Republic. Because DD1LD activated this summit two weeks ago with 22 QSOs on 40m, I supposed to do a local activation on VHF. But no more than 3 QSOs, it was horrible. So I reassembled my HF system, this time with the ATX-1080 instead of the dipole. So I got 2 additional QSOs on 40m, time to leave.
Next summit was OE/OO-269 (Reischlberg), also on the border, where I built up my dipole. I found a perfect support for it. Here I was rewarded for my activity with 16 QSOs on 40m in CW.
Thank you for all my QSO partners. Because I made no announcement on the Sotawatch page, I was surprised happily by the little time it took for the first contacts. Besides I am also happy about my QSO with Roy, G4SSH, it was his summit 2998 as chaser.
In the evening I was happy about my success, reviewing the day:
12 h (7:30am local time to 7:30pm) total time, parted into
3 h driving (I didn’t count the distance).
6 h hiking 17.25km, summarized ascending heigth 1034m (data from GPS)
3 h resting and being a radio amateur.
I left some pictures in the SOTA photo pool.
Tnx for / to all and 73 de
Helmut / Andy