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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Double Activation: WWFF Zellbachtal & COTA Hechenberg Castle

Saturday, June 13th, 2020. Short activation report.
Saturday, June 13th, was forecast as a hot day with temperatures up to 32°C. We wanted to escape the coming afternoon heat. After a long breakfast Kirian and me spontaneously decided to undertake a double activation of the Zellbachtal, DLFF-0448 and the Hechenberg Castle, COTA-DL OBB-086, WCA DL-04982. I just had to find a good place with lots of shade, and quickly found a suitable one in the forest of the Zellbachtal nature reserve.

Our GPS location during double activation on June 13th, 2020.  
The red curve marks the 1km COTA activation zone. 
GPS coordinates are 47°49'52" N and 11°32'47" O.

Our quiet operating spot during double activation on June 13th, 2020. 
Kirian watched some cartoons while I was operating.

The goal was pretty easy to collect as many WWFF activator award points as possible. I started CQing at ~11:00 UTC, and made 180 QSOs on 20/30 and 40m in less than three hours of operating time. The propagation conditions were fair to good. Approximately 2/3 of the QSOs were on 40m. It was fun again! 

We made a short stop in Hechenberg to take a few pictures for documentation. The Hechenberg Castle was built in 1594. Near the Hechenberg Castle there is the Hechenberg Tower Hill, a former water castle of the tower hill or mota type.  The tower hill castle, which was probably founded by the Lords of Hechenberg in the 11th or 12th century, was surrounded by a moat five to seven meters wide.

 The Hechenberg Castle,  COTA-DL OBB-086, WCA DL-04982.

The St. Valentin Church in Hechenberg. The castle is behind the church.
Short summary and statistics for DD1LD/P:
  • Date: June 13th, 2020
  • Equipment: Low power (100W) + dipole
  • Operating/Participation time: ~2:45 hours
  • Valid QSO: 180 (w/o dupes)
  • Unique callsigns: 164
  • CW QSO: 106
  • SSB QSO: 74
  • 40m: 112 QSOs, 20m: 66 QSOs, 30m: 2 QSOs
  • DXCC worked: 31
  • Top countries worked: DL, I, SP, ON
  • Continents worked: 2
  • DX: North Amerika
  • WWFF areas: 1x unique (not activated by me before)
  • WWFF reference: DLFF-0448
  • WWFF activator points: 4 (x 44 QSO)
  • P2P: 3
  • WCA/COTA areas: 1x unique (not activated by me before)
  • WCA/COTA reference: COTA-DL OBB-086, WCA DL-04982
Mni tnx all chasers es activators fer QSO!
73 es 44 es 11 de Dzianis, DD1LD/P

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