SOTA/Konstanz w/o a car

Here is a running list of SOTA summits I’ve done from Konstanz without an automobile. All are half- or full-day trips. I only did one at a time; a few might be pairable. So far: DM/BW-085, DM/BW-086; DM/BW-348, DM/BW-359 ; DM/BW-361;  HB/TG-003 … 


Summit: DM/BW-85 (Hohenstoffeln) – 8 points 

Date: 2017
Weather:  overcast and windy
Equipment: HB-1B; dipole
Log: 31 qso’s
Bands:  40m, 30m, 20m
Cell (TH/Summit): ++/++

Mode of transport: Train (to Singen-Landesgartenschau). Bus 7353 to Binningen/am Berg. The bus doesn’t run frequently (every two hours on the weekends). Plan accordingly
Time: The train ride is about 45 minutes; the bus, twenty. The walk up is about an hour. 

Comments: The grade at points on the climb kept me focused. A young jogger passed me by. Oh, well. The peak is quite dramatic. Some strategizing is necessary with a dipole, as far as figuring out where to place your three ground points. 


 

Summit: DM/BW-86 (Hohenhewen) – 8 points 

Date: 2017-02-12
Weather: early-spring cool
Equipment: HB-1B; EF-W3EDP and SML
Log: 10 qso’s
Bands: 40M
Cell (TH/Summit): ++/++

Mode of transport: Train (to Welschingen-Neuhausen). Many regional trains from Konstanz to Engen stope in Welschingen-Neuhausen, including Sundays. There are other routes that require bus/train transfers.  
Time: The train ride is about 45 minutes. The walk up is about an hour. 

Comments: some steep stretches, but manageable in sturdy shoes. Signs more reliable than GPS route. It’s a much liked peak for families and other picnickers: be prepared for crowds on weekends with pleasant weather.


Summit: DM/BW-101 (Hohentwiel) – 6 points 

Date:
Weather: 
Equipment: HB-1B; EF-W3EDP
Log: 
Bands: 
Cell (TH/Summit)

Mode of transport: Train (to Singen/Landesgartenschau). There’s a train every thirty minutes from Konstanz Bhf. 
Time: The train ride is about 40 minutes. The walk up is under 25. 

Comments: It is necessary to buy an admission to the castle in order to access the activation zone. As far as time management, one may want to include some time to tour the castle while there.


 Summit: DM/BW-348 (Gehrenberg) – 8 points 

Date: 2017-02-13
Weather: early-spring coolGehrenberg
Equipment: HB-1B; SML
Log: 10 qso’s
Bands: 40M
Cell (TH/Summit): ++/++

Mode of transport: Trains to Markdorf via Radolfzell. By foot from Markdorf to activation zone.
Time: The train leg is about 90 minutes. The walk up is another 60 minutes or so. 

Comments: The walk itself is not strenuous. There’s a viewing tower that can be operated from to one side of the activation zone and offers a fantastic view of the Bodensee region. 


Summit: DM/BW-359 (Stöckenloch) – 6 points 

Date: 2017 02 19 (Sun.), midday
Weather: cool (2° C) and damp
Equipment: HB-1B; EF-W3EDP
Log: 31 qso’s
Bands: 20m, 30m, 40m; cw
Cell (TH/Summit): ++/+

Mode of transport: Train (to Radolfzell)/Bus 6 (to Liggeringen)
Time: with good connections – 100 minutes, including a half hour of light, up-hill walking.

I wish the weather had been better. The view from up top down to Lake Constance would have been nice to enjoy at greater length. In season (not February) there’s also a cafe (Vesperstube) up top about 10 minutes by foot away from the summit-center.

The trains between KN and Radolfzell are frequent. The bus runs every hour, once in each direction. 


Summit: DM/BW-233 (Buchberg) – 10 points 

Date:
Weather: 
Equipment: HB-1B; dipole 
Log: 
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Cell (TH/Summit)

Mode of Transport: Train to Donaueschingen, bus to Blumberg. The tricky leg is in the timing of Bus 7277. The train leg is an hour; the bus leg is half that.


Summit: DM/BW-361 (Rossberg) – 6 points 

Date: 2017 02 25 (Sat.), midday
Weather: cool (2° C) and damp
Equipment: HB-1B; EF-W3EDP
Log: 31 qso’s (2 S2S)
Bands: 20m, 30m, 40m; cw
Cell (TH/Summit): ++/++

Mode of transport: Train (to Singen/Hohentwiel)/Bus 7363 [to Silcherstraße, Steißlingen. (The bus makes a loop through the town before returning to Singen. Gartenstr is the “break-point,” and Silcherstr is one stop beyond it. Holding out for Silcherstr spares you five minutes of walking. Also, there is a bus between Radolfzell and Steißlingen. It runs less frequently; and given train connections, may not save you time.)].
  • Shortly before the summit there are a couple tricky turns, in sequence. Garmin, Google maps, etc. will get it correct; but “on site” the turns would be easy to miss: 
    • A left turn [N47.80451°, E8.95294°]
    • A left turn [N47.80612° E8.95370°]
    • A right turn [N47.80660° E8.95282°]
Time: with good connections – 105 minutes (30 min. on train + 20 min. on bus + 45 min. by foot).
Difficulty: Easy.

Summit: DM/BW-850 (Hochbühl) – 6 points

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Summit: HB/TG-003 (Otterbärg) – 1 point 

Date: 2017 02 11 (Sat.), afternoon
Weather: cool (0° C) and damp
Equipment: HB-1B; EF-W3EDP
Log: 36 qso’s
Bands: 40m; cw
Cell (TH/Summit): ++/++

Mode of transport: bicycle
Time: 75 minutes there, 45 minutes back.
Difficulty: see description.

This activation was payback for the previous weekend’s 75 points of walk-on/walk-off. The “payback” had more to do with the bicycle than the ascent itself. I used an old bicycle with only one working gear. There were various stretches that I had to walk the bicycle up. The 75 minutes is adjusted for what I think my ascent would have comfortably taken – 300m up, 12 km south – had I had a better bicycle.

The activation area is wooded. I had no problem finding a slightly secluded corner (there were occasional passers-by). I used my SOTA-pole. Suitable tree supports abounded.

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