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).
In the past few years we are also using the QTH of the famous DKØNA team, called "Schwedenwache" (  693m) at the top of the Franconian Forest.


Maps Microsoft Encarta 2000

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


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) Wikipedia / Von Arristokrates - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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 transformer station providing good power , the lookout tower and the microwave tower carrying links mainly for TV networks and mobile communication.

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

The "Wetzstein" : 792m a.s.l. JO50RK (c) Google Maps / Danny Zschach

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

On the top of the hill you can 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 kept cleared during the winter. The small building at the gate in front is managed by the "Thüringer-Wald-Verein" Lehesten. We are happy to have a first class accommodation there!

A few years ago we are started a very successful partnership with the team of DKØNA. They oparate from a 1st class equipped location called "Schwedenwache" at the edge of the "Franconian Forest".

Langenbach and "The Schwedenwache" : 693m a.s.l. JO50TI (c) Google Maps / Bernd Lang (modified by DL2ALF)
Original Photo: https://goo.gl/maps/75yGRurvLyiDGSVw7

Although the topography is not very promising we enjoy to be QRV from there with a minimum of preparation works and with finest microwave equipment made by DB6NT.



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