YW5PI    2012


Slowly our space for antennas is increasing.
Ramón working on one of the trees described later.
Our 1st Vee Dipole  is ready to be erected.
One of our navy guardians helps us to install an inverted Vee on a palm-tree.
We began our radio-operation in the evening and the signals reported were surprisingly well considering, that we were transmitting from a hole surrounded almost completely by mountains.
During the 1st night we had very strong rain-falls
The first night was particularly a complete disaster for Ramón, YV5EED. It happened that he lost his sight due to a toxic plant. We had other causalities too, but Ramon' s case was the worst and most painful..
The reason was one of the most dangerous plants of the world growing on our beach.

You see it on some pictures. It is the one, which has yellow and green leaves. It looks harmless.

The name of the plant is:


Hippomane mancinella

If you read some articles about this plant, you get really terrified.

I also was affected, but Ramón got the worst part by far.
If you have physical contact with the plant, you are under high risk of painfully skin irritations and other diseases. It is recommended not even go into the shade of it.

We cut down several of those trees to get space for our antennas ....... :-)
 Assembly of a 10m Yagi and fishing in the background   Rain, once again ...

Antenna construction 

We still need more space ...




Our sleeping area.
  Still more antennas are needed. The hardest job did YV5NCZ.  
  50 MHz antenna  
This was our 50 MHz antenna ...
The deforested area was hardly enough space for us. After the cleanup we got about 300 square meters for tents and antennas. When the wind came up, the antennas sometimes touched against each other, which was not exactly good for our transceivers.
The close proximity of the antennas to each other, often caused receiving-problems, even if we had good pass-band filters used for each band. This circumstance was particularly problematic to copy weak signals.

If you then later read in the cluster comments like we have "no antenna" or "no receiver" or similar, so you get really enraged. Such annotations come from amateurs who are sitting comfortably in their armchair at home and can not imagine under what circumstances one part is trying to be QRV from a small island.

I have been on many islands, but this place was the worst I have ever been.

I NEVER will go back to Pato Island.




This was my CW-operating table  :-)
Inside of our barrack

Part of the crew 

The barrack from behind