Petru Paler

HB/AI-007 - Kronberg

  • Summit height: 1663m
  • Transportation: driving + cable car
  • Rig: TH-D72E, 5W, internal battery
  • Antenna: Diamond RH770 telescopic, handheld
  • QSOs: 4 on 2m band and 1 on 70cm band, all FM

The weather was still nice (although forecasted to worsen) while returning from Säntis so we stopped for a short activation on the way. After a nice cable car ride from Jakobsbad and a quick hike to the summit, I spotted myself and called CQ. 3 QSOs quickly followed, although the 4th took a few minutes longer.

One of the first chasers on 2m was again HB9DHA, whom I had failed to contact on 70cm from Säntis. We arranged to try again, and this time it worked very well – my first ever QSO on 70cm! He also seemed happy that his setup worked.

No other chasers seemed to be around so I wrapped up and we headed back. A nice and quick activation with a great view, with one lesson learned: VHF/UHF line of sight activations can struggle to get enough chasers. It might be worth optimizing my HF setup for quick deployment (even if at the expense of efficiency).

29 Jun 2017