Hallig Hooge Activity in August 2014
German Islands Award GIA: N-22
Hello my friends of islands and IOTA activities,
since a long time my XYL has the desire to visit a Hallig/holm because it is different from an island. A Hallig/holm can be
overflooded totally by the sea if there is stormy weather. This event may happen several times per year and people with cattle
and houses are at high risk. Therefore the Hallig/holm people built their houses on raised mounds. These dwelling mounds are
called "Warften". We decided to go to Hallig Hooge at the west coast of
Schleswig Holstein. We were curious to see life on a Hallig/holm. However, in case of bad weather and boredom my XYL allowed me
to take my portable rig with me. She is a real darling, isn't she?
My friend Uli, DJ9IE, recommended a HAM- friendly guesthouse on the Ockenswarft at the east landsend of Hallig Hooge. The
guesthouse is called Hus Klaar Kimming
which means "house with clear sight". Carl, the landlord was very helpful and a great assistance to set-up the antenna. He
provided a telescopy fiberglass pole, tools, guy ropes and a ladder.
The feeding point of the doublet antenna (2 x 15,8m)
was only 5m above ground and the ends were about 8m high. However, that didn't matter the efficiency factor of the antenna because
the dwelling mound was already higher than the surrounding area and the salty sea all around. The 300 OHM Twin-Lead was about
24m long. The Twin-Lead was connected via a CHOKE BALUN to the automatic unsymmetric Smartuner SG239. The Twin-Lead and the
Choke Balun are from DX-WIRE. So, the Yaesu FT-897 could deliver the full
100 Watts to the doublet antenna. These set-up was well proved during my holidays on Cape Verde.
After the succesful antenna set-up Carl invited us for a welcome drink. Hmmmh delicious Rum...
The public life (shopping, restaurants, bars, museum etc.) on a Hallig/holm happens mainly on the dwelling mounds whilst
recovery happens in the recreation areas (cycling, hiking) in this unique nature....marvelousy to enjoy the silence on the one hand
and the cries of seagulls and other birds on the other hand....naturally with nice weather. We experienced bad weather as
well and we had heavy rain with wind speed of more than 100 km/h. Then you stay better in your holiday flat. My XYL with a book
and me with the HAM Radio station. Every weather has a silver lining.
I made 514 QSOs in CW and SSB...a good result for a 4 days holiday-style operation. I worked stations from almost all continents
but Oceania and Antarctica.
I'd like to cordial thank my XYL Monika for her understanding and to thank Carl for his hospitality and his HAM-friendly guesthouse!
Underneath you see some pictures to get some more impressions. I hope you become curious as well now and you may be motivated to
activate an island or a Hallig/holm too.
Enjoy and have fun!
The QSL card shows our Ockenswarft a dwelling mound. You see that the dwelling mound is clearly above the ground (~ 4m). The
houses on a dwelling mound are protected against storm flood whilst the other land can be flooded by the stormy sea.
Carl and me during the set-up of the doublet antenna
the feeding point of the doublet (2x 15,8m) antenna in amount of 5m
my station: rig FT-897, Smartuner SG 239, Kent Paddle and Laptop with Win- Test logging programme
Idyll, you must enjoy! Total recovery!