The 10th WFF-operation of Team DA0CW is history but a very successful one.
Beside the activation of Nature-Park Steinwald DLFF-119 which was a new one for a lot of callers we were able to hand out also the World-Castle-Award Counter DL-02346 for the nearby located Castle of Weissenstein (first activation). Propagation made it not easy from the beginning but in the second half of the roundabout 5 hours lasting operation we had a nice short-skip opening on 14MHz with more than 200 contacts in a row. Everything resulted finally in 722 QSOs, (last year we made 460 contacts from another location in DLFF-119). The mix of contacts showed 60 percent CW and 40 percent SSB, top-band was 14 MHz with 347 contacts, followed by 7 Mhz with 155 and 18 MHz with 146 QSO. We tried also 80 meters but seems that the low bands were not so productive after the heavy thunderstorms in the latest days before because also the 7 Mhz result was poor compared with the latest activities from other locations. Anyway the total-result was very well and with the previous year activity there are together nearly 1200 contacts with DLFF-119 in the record-database. After good 5 hours of operation the generator stopped and again a heavy weather appeared. So we decided to brake down the equipment to get it dry and safe into our cars. After dismanteling everything we decided to make a fast trip back into the history of this famous location and made a short sightseeing through the remaining ruine of Weissenstein, built in the 13th century. On top of the scenery you have a wonderful view around the beautiful nature. However starting of thunder and lightning made our tour only a short one and we preferred to left immediately before the rain starts. We were not successful with this plan so we reached our cars a bit wet but very satisfied with the result.
The team consisted by Günther DC2RK, preparing trailer and all the equipment around including his excellent coffee-service for the operators, Xaver DK4RM operating 30 and 17 meters CW only, Manfred DF6EX operating 40 and 20 meters CW and SSB.