Some quick shots from this week while we did some SOTA in the in the northern Black Forest region. We started on Hohloh DM/BW-054 984m. The next day we went to Hornisgrinde DM/BW-019 1163m. After those 2 I had 994 SOTA Points, only 6 points short of the so hard wanted iceblock trophy.  We then drove one hour further south to the Brandenkopf 945m DM/BW-067. I was not prepared for this (battery-wise) and we hoped that somehow 4 QSOs would come into the log. It became then nevertheless even 10 QSO, until the device switched off from the low voltage. Now I am SOTA “Mountain Goat”. After 177 SOTA activations in 7 countries in 5.5 years. I already ordered the award and I applied for the trophy.

2020-08-13 Hohloh 984m DM/BW-054

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2020-08-14 Hornisgrinde 1163m DM/BW-019

The Hornisgrinde is a very interesting summit. With 1.164 m, it is the highest mountain in the Northern Black Forest of Germany. The Hornisgrinde lies in northern Ortenaukreis district. In 1938 the entire southern range of the summit level was declared as the military restricted area. First being in use since 1942 by the German Forces as an air defense position, the French took over the location in 1945. These operated on the Hornisgrinde an observing station on behalf of the French foreign secret service DGSE. Later the location was used parallel also by the Bundeswehr and NATO. After the plant went out of operation in 1994, it lay fallow several years. The restricted area was released in 1997. In 1999 the neighbor municipalities took over the federal area. Some of the buildings and masts are preserved, however they're purging more and more. Source: Wiki

Some shelter from the rain in old military remains:

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2020-08-14 Brandenkopf 945m DM/BW-067

I have set up my gear on the playground. Nobody was there in the rain. Not too many photos this time as I already have some online.

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Some statistics:

Activated associations and regions

DM - Germany BW - Baden Wuerttemberg
DM - Germany HE - Hesse
DM - Germany NW - North Rhine-Westfalia
DM - Germany RP - Rhineland-Palatinate
DM - Germany SR - Saarland
EI - Ireland IS - Ireland South
FL - France - Low VO - Vosges
HB - Switzerland BE - Bern
HB - Switzerland NW - Nidwalden
I - Italy LO - Lombardia
LX - Luxembourg LX - Luxembourg
ON - Belgium ON - Belgium


My top 10 activation chasers

PositionActivator CallsignCount
1 EA2DT 100
2 EA2CKX 66
3 G0RQL 61
4 SP9AMH 55
5 SA4BLM 37
6 OK2PDT 29
7 G0FEX 26
8 G4OBK 21
9 M0MDA 20
=9 OH3GZ 20

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