SOTA in Haut-Rhin (FL/VO)

 

So far: FL/VO-007. FL/VO-021. FL/VO-082. FL/VO-093. FL/VO-096. FL/VO-101.

I activated these summits in late March 2017. Patches of snow could be found in the shade at the higher elevations still but were no impediment to driving or hiking.

I was based in Colmar and traveled by car to the trailheads, indicated below. The roads, though all paved, were often very winding and narrow. Trail shoes were adequate for all the hikes.

The area is developed enough that gasoline, meals, etc. are available as needed. I did not have a French SIM and so was unable to test cell coverage; however, I suspect all the summits have cell coverage.

For all activations I operated A1A and QRP with my HB-1B and a linked dipole.

None of these activations were physically too challenging. All the hikes had steep uphill segments. Though a few segments might have come close to T3, mainly T1 and some T2 are what to expect. Hike, of course, at your own risk; no promises or guarantees should be assumed in the information provided below.


FL/VO-001

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FL/VO-002

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FL/VO-007: Le Grand Brézouard (10)

Parking: N48.19486° E7.13663°

Hiking Time: 25 minutes up.

Comments: One could probably take the car further down the unpaved road and closer to the activation zone. There’s a clearing at the summit. I activated with a dipole and telescopic mast.


FL/VO-012

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FL/VO-017

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FL/VO-021, Schratzmännele (10)

Parking: N48.07891° E7.14432°

Hiking Time: 15 minutes up.

Comments: The summit has ruins of WWI-era underground fortifications. At the TH is a German military cemetery. A French military cemetery is on the other side of the summit.


FL/VO-078

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FL/VO-079

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FL/VO-080

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FL/VO-081

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FL/VO-082: Petit Ballon (10)

Parking: N47.98500° E7.12121°

Hiking Time: 20 minutes up.

Comments: The summit and hike are mainly through open pasture. A fenced radio tower (a repeater?) is at the top. I activated with a dipole and telescopic mast.SOTA FL/VO-082 Petit Ballon


FL/VO-083

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FL/VO-084

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FL/VO-091: Koenigsstuhl (10)

Parking: N48.18159° E7.25849°

Hiking Time: 40 minutes up.

Comments: The summit is forested. I activated with a dipole and telescopic mast. The paths didn’t correspond all that well to what was proposed by my gps/osm. I ended up bushwacking for a stretch on the way up, but on the way down could stick to the paths.SOTA FL Konigstuhl


FL/VO-093: Le Stauffen (8)

Parking: each of these parking spots allows for a circuit of roughly equal hiking time to include VO-093 and VO-096. Choice can be made on the basis of the activator’s travel plan for the day:

  • (a) N48.04446° E7.25799°
  • (b) N48.03639° E7.20633°
  • (c) N48.04012° E7.27040°
  • (d) N48.01369° E7.24583°

Hiking Time: I hiked —- parking (d) – VO-093 (50 minutes) – VO-096 (40 minutes) – parking (d) (15 minutes)

Comments: one can make a convenient circuit that includes both FL/VO-093 and FL/VO-096. Le Stauffen (093) is tree covered and rocky. I used a dipole with a telescopic mast. I was really pleased to make QRP-QSOs not only with CT but, astonishingly, with VK and ZL, all on 30 meters.SOTA FL/VO-093 Le Stauffen


FL/VO-096: Schlosswald (8)

Parking: see parking suggestions in FL/VO-093.

Hiking Time: I hiked — (d) – VO-093 (50 minutes) – VO-096 (40 minutes) – (d) (15 minutes)

Comments: I hiked a circuit that brought me to VO-093 first and then to VO-096.  The summit of Schlosswald has a logging road straight across it, which makes something of a clearing for the dipole to run along. Otherwise there are plenty of trees to help set up an antenna.


FL/VO-101: Le Grand Faudé (8)

Parking: N48.13780° E7.15781°

Hiking Time: 20 minutes up

Comments: There’s a viewing tower at the top surrounded by a clearing with picnic tables and a shelter. SOTA FL/VO-101


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