|Slowly our space for antennas is
|Ramón working on one of the trees
|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
|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.
see it on some pictures. It is the one, which has yellow
and green leaves. It looks harmless.
The name of the
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 ....... :-)
of a 10m Yagi and fishing in the background
||Rain, once again ...
|We still need more space ...
Still more antennas are needed. The hardest job did
|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.
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
I have been on many islands, but this
place was the worst I have ever been.
I NEVER will go back to
|This was my CW-operating table