|The first night at the station was
quite an experience hard to describe.
It was full moon. The moonlight
illuminated the beach. To the north, far away, I could
observe the lightning of a thunderstorm. In the sand before
and below me, hundreds or thousands of hermit crabs were
walking into all directions.
When I removed my headphones, I heard a noise like small
china bells. Crabs were climbing a pile of large snails and
lost their balance. When they tumbled the ringing was
At the base building another station
was installed. The antennas used there, were dipoles and a
At the beach station later we set up a
vertical dipole (Force12) for 14,18,
21, 24 und 28 MHz. The last evening we added a measuring
tape inverted vee for 30m.
We had up to 3 stations working
Sometimes I had to leave the station.
As the roof was only intended as source of shade, I had to
cover the equipment with a tarpaulin.
The last night (during the 30m
operation) I passed really terrible ! A swarm of very
aggressive mosquitoes attacked me so merciless that I was
thinking to scarper. Anyhow, I did not give up until the
band closed. But my body was covered with hundreds of bites.
Aves de Sotavento is infamous for its
mosquitoes, but except the last night we were spared. My
repellents were already packaged because of the departure
The lagoons on the island are the
ideal breeding grounds after a longer rainfall.