QRP with a Small Magnetic Loop Indoors from a Valley in North Rhine-Wesphalia

Operating QRP with the Alexloop indoors from Müsen in North Rhine- Westphalia was a bit more difficult than making contacts from Uppsala. Propagation conditions were not as good, but also both terrains are quite different: North of Uppsala the terrain is rather flat but Müsen is in a valley near the municipalities of Hilchenbach and Kreuztal, surrounded by the Rothaargebirge or Rothaar Mountains of North Rhine-Westphalia, in Siegerland, the area around the city of Siegen. The hills around Müsen are 500-600 meter high and I was operating indoors, some 200-300 meters below the nearest hilltops, from the 2nd floor of a historic old house.

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The equipment was the same used a couple of weeks before from Storvreta,  Sweden: https://thewakesileave.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/europe-and-asia-qrpp-from-norse-lands-with-a-magnetic-loop-indoors/

At the end of my two-week stay I had logged 41 CW QSOs in 18 DXCC’s in three HF bands (40m, 20m and 10m), including 13 contacts in the ARRL 10-meter contest. I operated mainly early in the morning. The contacts in the ARRL 10m contest were a surprise as I assumed that the band would remain closed for QRP operations during the entire trip. However, within one and a half hours in the morning I was able to log 12 contacts (10 in European Russia and 2 more in Ukraine at a distance of about 2,000-2,500 Km). I tried again later but was only able to log a near-by German station. All QSOs have been uploaded to LoTW and eQSL and the complete log can be see at: http://www.hamlog.eu/index.php?pg=11&m=list&usc=9838.

Here is a map with all the contacts:

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