Engineering series 1: Radar stations on the Wasserkuppe


On the second day of the new year, I made a short hiking tour to the highest mountain in Hesse (Hessen), the Wasserkuppe.

As an amateur radio operator, this place with its small airfield, eye-catching antennae, and disused radar-facilities on the peak aroused my curiosity to learn more about its history.

Just a few kilometers away runs the border to Thuringia (Thüringen), which had been in the cold war era the frontier to the German Democratic Republic (DDR) and hence the sphere …

The Slight Edge and the Comfort zone


A couple of months ago I bumped coincidentally into a remote family member at a railway station during a MTB-tour.

I hadn’t seen this person for several years, so I didn’t recognize him at once as I turned round, he gazed at me shortly (somewhat surprised), apologized, and hurried to his train without any further words exchanged.

Sure enough, I had no actual interest to talk to this person, and it didn’t make a difference at all if he recognizes me or not. The reason: I ghosted this family …

The GR20 on Corsica: Hiking the southern part


Socializing during a hiking trip is great, especially when you hike on an exceptional and challenging trail like the GR20 (Grande Randonée 20) on Corsica, France.

And where else do you have the opportunity to take photos with high altitude mountains and the Mediterranean sea on it?

For the average adventure-seeker, the GR20 still does not belong to a subset of popular and accessible hiking destinations, which is truly remarkable since we’re living in an era where almost every location with a name is besieged by …