Stephan Schmid, 4056 Basel, [my call sign]@qsl.net, QRZ.COM

My Activations:

All my activations | SOTLAS activation statistics

Rigs for SOTA:

  • HF and 6m-band portable transceiver:
    Lab599 Discovery TX-500 with external 2Ah (~25Wh, 190g) and 4Ah (~50Wh, 400g) LiFePo4 battery packs, max. 10W RF output power.
  • HF, VHF and UHF portable transceiver:
    FT-818ND with internal 3Ah (~30Wh) LiPo and external 3S 18650 Li-Ion battery holder (~30Wh, 175g), max. 6W RF output power.
    When travelling by plane, I swap the three 18650 cells into an empty USB power bank, which allows to charge them ;-).
  • VHF and UHF handheld transceiver:
    FT-2DE, also used for APRS2SOTA and APRS, max. 5W RF output power.

Portable Antennas:

  • Mostly home-made multi-band resonant half-wave end-fed dipoles for the 10-, 15-, 17-, 20-, 30-, 40- and 60-meter bands.
    Please see my corresponding document: A Portable 7-Band End-Fed Half-Wave (EFHW) Antenna (version 1.2).
    With an additional loading coil and some length of wire, the 80- and 160-meter band can be used as well, albeit with less efficiency.
    Typically, I strive for an inverted-L configuration, supported by a 6m-tall telescopic glass fiber mast (image).
  • Home-made diamond-shaped loop for the 6-meter band (image).
  • Home-made VP2E for the 17-meter band.
  • Commercial 2-element log-periodic for the 2-meter and the 70-centimeter bands (image).

Maintained names.csv File:

For logging contacts during SOTA activations, I’m using the Android app VK port-a-log. This and other logging software supports a file containing call signs and their corresponding names in CSV format. Telling the name of the other station helps to spot wrong call signs.

Download the current names.csv file (created on 2021-10-18 with 71,292 calls, information also contained in the file header).

The above file contains data that was merged from several sources and I’m constantly adding new names while doing SOTA. Thank you for sending me your corrections! The above file will be sporadically updated, depending on the accumulated changes.

My YouTube Channel:

Please see my YouTube channel with SOTA related videos.

Some Impressions:

Glass fiber mast, antenna, no guying
Setting up the antenna in the fastest way possible -> see the bright antenna support at the bottom. If the soil or snow is firm and there is not much wind, no guying is needed!
Setting up my home-made 7-band EFHW antenna.
EFHW antenna, transatlantic s2s, ssb
Alternative commercial EFHW antenna setup pointing NW that led to a Trans-Atlantic S2S contact at solar minimum, using 5W SSB.
A typical shack-in-the-snow using the Android logging app VK port-a-log.