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Locations

 

Have a look at the map to find out our locations. They are near the geographic centre of Germany on the top of the Thuringian Forest and they are called "Schneekopf" ( 978m)  and "Wetzstein" (  792m).
 

Maps Microsoft Encarta 2000
 
We are quiet a bit too far east to have on of the European top locations, but we have good populated areas in nearly all directions.
 

 

We are using two different locations. The main ( and best one ) is the "Schneekopf" mountain in JO50JP on the top of the Thuringian Forest near the city of Oberhof.
 

 


The "Schneekopf" : 978m a.s.l. JO50JP (c) DL2ALF

Although the "Schneekopf" is not the highest mountain of the Thuringian Forest its top is treeless and gives an excellent "Microwave - QTH".

In former times the "Schneekopf" was occupied by the Soviet Army running a radar station there. In the late 90ties the mountain was re-naturated by the forest administration.

See the microwave tower operated by "Deutsche Telekom" carrying links mainly for TV networks and data interchange.

See some nice pictures here.

 

 

 


Way to the "Schneekopf", (c) DK5FA

Lying on the border to a "Biospheric Reservation" it is very difficult to get there by car with all the equipment. And we try hard to keep the influence to the environment as small as possible.

We are very happy to have long-term contacts to the local authorities "Thüringen Forst" and "LEG Thüringen" understanding our wishes. We are hopefully to get their OK for years.

 

Our "Winter domicile" is the "Wetzstein" located on the south-east edge of the "Thuringian Forest" in JO50RK.

 


Winter on the "Wetzstein"
 

When we start the contest season in March the road often looks like this...

 


The basic location: a former listening post  used by army

Here you con see the former military area, now leaseholded by the "OV Rennsteig". Although the trees are growing from year to year the rests of the old lattice masts give good antenna places even for SHF. The best thing is the road to  which is in a good condition and which is cleared during the winter. The small building in front is managed by the "Thüringer-Wald-Verein" Lehesten. We are happy to have a first class accommodation there during the March contest.

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