Friday, May 18, 2012

PAFF-046 - Odoorn Boswachterij

Good weather in a nice park - activating 4 bands

This afternoon I was in the northeastern corner of the Netherlands to activate one of the most wanted PAFFs. There are a number of parks that have only been contacted by a handful of OMs in the northeast. On special request I focused on PAFF-046 (Odoorn Boswachterij) - number 2 on the most wanted list.

The weather was very good today allowing me to operate partily outside - the last time I was able to do that was in October last year (PAFF-042).

Hondsrug - part of Odoorn PAFF-046

10m seemed very quiet so I started on 15m. There was quite some QSB. I worked some 24 stations before going down to 20m where I worked 66 stations. Then I went back up to 17m to check for some more DX. 17m is never very busy so after 11 contacts I went down to 40m for short distance contacts. 40m was rather busy - I only found a quiet spot near the end of the band. I worked 32 stations before I had to pack up and head home.

With the weather and surroundings being as pleasant as they were I took my time changing antennas and chatting to a curious passerby (who turned out to listen to local 80m ham rounds). Out of the 2,5 hours I was in the park I was active for about 100 minutes.

Pleasant temporary QTH
In this period I confirmed 133 contacts with OMs from 31 DXCCs. Maximum QRG was set by an N4 OM in North Carolina to 6700km. 25% of the contacts were first time contacts.

Manuel EA2DT, Alexander RV9UCN and Yuri RZ9OC came by on two bands. Luciano I5FLN came by on three bands in between eating his birthday cake.

Thanks all for giving me a report.
Lars, PH0NO/P

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