As an IOTA reference Ameland and the neighboring islands have been activated a zillion times but there is a nature reserve on the island that has not been activated before. Another good reason to be radio-active there.
So, no discussion then: pack the radio gear and have radio fun!
Not so fast..
- I will be on the island invited by my in-laws to celebrate their 50th honeymoon anniversary - they will have put together a 24h program for the weekend with a full-time role for me.
- I will be on the island without my car but need to move around with my gear to be able to activate the nature reserve.
Okay, so I could probably squeeze in a few hours at the start of this social event. Any disappointment about that can be smoothed out during the rest of the weekend.
Regarding transport: I can take a bicycle with me on the island. So I am currently refurbishing my mountain bike so that it can carry all my radio gear (with bike rack and proper transport bags).
That is that sorted then?
Well, recently two other obstacles raised their ugly heads:
- NOAA expects we will have a geomagnetic storm this weekend with Kp values up to 6.
- The weather forecast shows rain throughout the weekend.
At Kp=6 there is not much radio fun to expect and being at the sea side in the dunes with wind and rain is not an option either.
So I will be closely monitoring both forecasts to see how they will play out. I need 2-3 hours of dry spells before the geomagnetic storm starts raging. Fingers crossed.