Saturday, February 18, 2012

Revisiting PAFF-032

With some unexpected time on my hands and near Lelystad (just a few kilometers away from the Oostvaardersplassen) I decided to do a re-activation. I found an open spot just next to the stretch of water of the IJsselmeer. My idea was to use this ideal operating position to do some DX-ing. However conditions were rather poor on the higher bands.
Looking over a lake

Starting on 15m I made 20 contacts in 30 minutes. As the band was rather quiet I went down to 20m. This band was not as busy as it usually is. I made 47 contacts in 40 minutes. Then I went over to 40m and found a reasonably quiet spot but was seriously hampered by QRN that came by every few minutes and gave me an S8-9 wall of sound. In 90 minutes I made 105 contacts. Max QRB this time 7000km into South Carolina.

Near the end of the activation I was visited by the Dutch police. It turned out that the guy checking me out was a local ham operator curious about what I was doing there in the middle of nowhere with a 12m high antenna...

Attracted some attention

Even though I had activated this area only a month earlier I made in total 170 contacts. This included some 65 OMs I have not contacted before on any WFF activation. Of course Luciano I5FLN came by on all three bands. He was the only one this time.

Tnx to all passing by.
Lars, PH0NO/P 

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