Andrzej SP5DDF and Mirek SP5GNI on Sunday 11 August 2019 activated the SOTA SP/KA-002 Wielki Szyszak peak in the Giant Mountains (Karkonosze) under the callsign HF5L/p.
Wielki Szyszak peak (in Czech Vysoké Kolo, in German Hohe Rand, Hohe Rad or Hohes Rad) with a height of 1509 m a.s.l. is the fourth highest peak in the entire Sudetes, and the second highest in the Polish Karkonosze, located in the western part of the Silesian Ridge. As the only one in the Karkonosze it is currently included in SOTA.
We took with us a QRP FT-817 radio with an external 8 Ah battery and a dipole for the 7 MHz band. The ascent to Wielki Szyszak from Piechowice turned out to be longer and more difficult than expected, so we started work only after 1pm at a frequency of about 7150 kHz. We established 24 contacts, but only with foreign stations, because there was no propagation to the SP area at 40m during these few hours of presence at the summit. After shortening the dipole we called CQ on the 20m band, but only one station from Finland responded. Thank you Zbyszek SP5JSZ for spotting!
Andrzej SP5DDF, Mirek SP5GNI