Monthly Archives: August 2013

HB/NW-014 Niederbauen Chulm – 1923m, 6 points

Date: 31-08-2013 11:28-12:19 UTC
There is a small cableway (8 persons per cabin) going up from Emmeten to Niderbauen Station. It’s rather expensive for the short ride (CHF 20.- return ticket), the ride is however quite spectacular and saves you 800m of ascent. The area is extremely popular with paragliders, so expect some waiting time at the cableway when there’s good flight wx. The walk from Niderbauen Station to Chulm (the summit) is not difficult, moderately steep and takes about 1 hour. The summit was quite crowded as it was a nice late-summer weekend, there is however plenty of space around the summit and a lot of fence poles to mount your antenna. There was an unexpected long pileup on 30m which lasted for almost 1 hour (58 QSOs in 50 min). In winter, the summit can also be accessed on snow shoes (I’ll be back…).

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HB/SZ-035 Dossen / Dosse – 1685m, 4 points

Date: 03-08-2013 12:42-13:38 UTC
This was the second activation on this day, after Rigi Kulm HB/SZ-021. The railway station ‘Rigi Kaltbad’ can either be reached by cogwheel railway from Viznau (shorter) or Goldau, or by cable car from Weggis. The latter is preferrable as it runs every 30min (railway only once every hour). From the railway station Kaltbad, the way remains almost flat until you reach the foot of the Dossen at Understette. From there it is a quite steep final ascent to the summit of about 230m (about 30min). On the way to Understette you can use the ‘Felsenweg’ (closed in winter), a path spectacularly carved into a vertical wall of rock with a great view to Lake Lucerne and its surrounding mountains. Once arriving at the summit cross, there’s a comfortable bench to put up your station. A highlight was the DX QSO with K4DY in North Carolina on 12m.
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HB/SZ-021 Rigi Kulm – 1798m, 6 points

Date: 03-08-2013 10:03-10:45 UTC
Rigi Kulm can be easily reached on Europe’s first cogwheel railway. You can either start at Viznau or Goldau. There’s a one-day ticket for CHF 66 (half-fare 33 CHF) that allows you to use all Rigi railways and cable cars during the day. This comes in handy if you want to activate also HB/SZ-035 Dossen on the same day (as I did). From the railway station on the top, its only a few minutes walk to the summit.
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