This SOTA activation in DL-land (Germany) was my first SOTA as activator in Europe.
The fact that a work trip brought me to Germany made it easier and gave me some time to plan in advance. Nevertheless it was a challenge to find some time to do the actual activation and in the course of the planning and preparation get the license requirements for Germany checked out. The licensing alone gives enough material for a blog post of its own. Here just the end result of my licensing adventure with the “Bundesnetzagentur” (German FCC) I got the German callsign DB8SM issued.
By the way it was a pleasant licensing adventure and they were very helpful to get me on the air.
The Mauzenberg is located above the village of Bernbach approx. 31 km from the Rhine valley via Karlsruhe, Ettlingen and Bad Herrenalb. The hike is on forest roads and nice trails to the summit which is just a few meters from the old border line between Baden and Wuerrtemberg. Nowadays the two are one province but the border markers are still in place.
Hiking along a forest road
Bernbach from the trail
New and old (very old) trail marker
Wild cherry blossoms
Along the trail
Border marker at the summit (Wuerrtemberg side)
Border marker at the summit (Baden side)
Border marker from the summit operation site
Antenna setup – forgot my painters pole so a tree did the job for the dipole
Operating from Mauzenberg
On the trail back after the summit
The “Mauzenstein” used for astronomical predictions and worship by the ancients
Sign explaining the former purpose of the “Mauzenstein”
Back at the trailhead
A great hike, nice weather and a good SOTA activation.
Thanks to all the contacts for the QSOs: