More than 15 years ago, a wise man (Radu Bratu – YO4HW) told me: “try to learn CW as good as you can…each contact will be pride and joy to you”.
I accepted the invitation made by my father Victor (ex YO3GXO) and one of this best friends George to spend few days at “Happy Pike” Holiday Village. This is located at: N 44°59’13.8’’ E 29°08’30.8’’, according to our GPS system, somewhere into the wildness of Danube Delta.
The one I wanted to share with this experience was my former ham radio Elmer (Bord – YO3DP). Therefore, we carefully prepared the equipment including the Yaesu FT 990 RIG, a EZ-Wire 16.2m like antenna, Laptop with N1MM and other useless things …better to have it.
To reach “Happy Pike” you have to travel up to Plopu village via Murighiol, then turn to “Pub’s street” and drive around 5Km on a country road. As soon as we arrived I started installing the wire antenna, E-W oriented, having full support from host.
|We have just arrived|
|“Happy Pike” two houses can be seen|
|YO3LW installing the equipment|
Hours are passing …pile-up is growing…the sunset is coming. What a pleasure to activate from such a gorgeous place!
|YO3LW operating during the evening|
We can conquer their territory even if I am shouting “Tora, Tora, Tora”…still few stations are calling.
At the end of the day “we lost the battle….” in the 40m band…but the war was far from being over.
Therefore, three days in a row we pursued to contact as many stations as possible. The expedition ended with 486 QSOs in CW and only one in SSB. Thanks to all stations for contacting us and looking forwards to hear you soon from the same place.
Best 73 de good DX, Cris – YO3LW and Bord – YO3DP.
Below you can find some more pictures of this activity. Stories of other activities from YOFF can be found here: http://wff-yo.blogspot.ro/ (use the translation link to translate the stories into your preferred language).
|My father Victor (ex YO3GXO) assisting to the startup QSO session|
|My former Elmer Bord (YO3DP) enjoying the radio|
|From left to right YO3GXO, YO3DP and George|
|On the way to Soschi Lake|