Activation report: Gelände (OE/NO-251)

November 29, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Activation report: Gelände (OE/NO-251) Gelände is a funny name for a mountain since it means "terrain" or "area". However it was a nice walk up there very close to Vienna and I had the luck to have 4 S2S QSOs. The weather forecast was promising with a chance to get above the clouds. Below you will find a few photos! Thanks for all chasers! 73...
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Activation report: Hermannskogel (OE/WI-001)

November 21, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Activation report: Hermannskogel (OE/WI-001) The Hermannskogel is the only SOTA Mountain within Austrias Capital City and one of very few which actually are within a major city. It was the first SOTA activation I did back in 2018, immediately after I passed my ham radio excam. So I thought why not using the nice weather to return to the Mountain.:...
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Activation report: Osser (OE/ST-223) and Schweineck (OE/ST-244)

May 14, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Activation report: Osser (OE/ST-223) and Schweineck (OE/ST-244) Recently I made a double activation again, which went more successful than one of the last attempts to do a double activation. I activated Schweineck, OE/ST-244 and then a close by summit, Osser, OE/ST-223. Both are situated on a mountain plateau called Teichalm, normally a very popula...
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DMR simplex setup

May 14, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
DMR (direct voice) simplex setup Recently I made a sota activation and managed to have my first DMR digital voice contact on a direct simplex frequency. See my activation report here. Here is a short description of the setup which lead to the successful QSO on a simplex frequency. Both of us used Anytone devices, but I am quite sure it can be don...
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My vertical 3 band QRP antenna for portable use on 40m, 20m and 30m

May 03, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
My vertical 3 band QRP antenna for portable use on 40m, 20m and 30m The antenna mounted on a 8m fibreglass mast during a SOTA activation Doing a lot of portable QRP activity for SOTA and GMA I repeatedly ended up on summits with no trees or structures to mount a 40 or 20m dipole QRP antenna like my self built lightweight 20m dipole for SOTA. I...
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Activation report: Jochart, OE NO-057

May 03, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Activation report: Jochart, OE NO-057 This is a brief report and a few photos of my activation of Jochart, SOTA reference OE/NO-057. I actually planned a double- activation: I went also to the summit of OE/NO-224, "Hegerberg" but as soon as I have set up my QRP PSK31 setup (see here for a description of my 3-band vertical lightweight portable ante...
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Ubitx - my experience with frequency issues and how I solved them

April 30, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Ubitx - my experience with frequency issues (And how I solved them.) In this article I am going to describe which frequency issues I experienced with my Ubitx V3 board and how I solved it. My Ubitx V3 in the making... Disclaimer: I am really no electronics-expert. Everything you do based on the info provided here you do at your own risk, with...
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Simple Audio Interface for my Ubitx for digital modes like FT8,WSPR or PSK31 (WSJT-X)

April 30, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Audio Interface for my Ubitx Here is how I built my Audio Interface for my Ubitx. My audio interface for the UBitx When I first tested WSJT-X with my Ubitx I connected the USB sound card directly to the MIC and AUDIO OUT connections of the UBitx. I noticed soon that the USB sound card got extremely hot. I did some research and found that its pr...
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Activation report: OE/NO-038, Reisalpe on Vienna Sota Day

April 27, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Activation report: OE/NO-038, Reisalpe on Vienna Sota Day Like every year also this year the Vienna Sota Day took place, of course with some restrictions. However there very many ham friends on the air, on summits and in the valleys. It was a beautiful spring day and I have chosen a simple hike up on Reisalpe, OE/NO-038. I used a fibre glass mast...
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My SOTA logging strategy

April 25, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
My SOTA logging strategy I do not want to open a discussion on the best practice, neither do I want to fall into the trap of claiming the software and tools I use are the best combination. I did ask the question on what is the best strategy some time ago in the forums on SOTA Reflector and I have found myself doing SOTA activation quite intensivel...
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