In November 2014 XYL and I made a trip to Tenerife. I looked for a hotel with a good radio location and a room with “sea view”. The choice fell on hotel “Luabay” in Puerto de la Cruz. There was a free take off across the Atlantic Ocean from the Southwest to the Northeast.
The equipment was a FT 817nd with a small PS, an ATU, a manipulator of soldered copper laminate pieces and earpieces. The antenna was a wire along a 5 meter long telescopic fishing rod, an equally long counterpoise wire and a short wire with a powerful battery clamp for earthing to the balcony railing. The antenna was fed with 5 meters of RG-58 which was wound on a ferrite core at the antenna. The antenna pointed due west. The tuner managed to adjust the antenna system from 30 m to 15 m.
Most contacts were made with HAMs on the East Coast of the United States. Some were rag chew QSOs with QRP stations, having between 1 and 10 watts. But also numerous contacts with Europe, South America and the Caribbean. All contacts were made on CW.
I only had the antenna on the balcony when it was dark:
Below are some Reverse Beacon spots.
Good signals on 20m late at night at the end of November with 5W and a piece of wire.
At home in Stockholm the band closed when the sun sets early in the afternoon.
|PJ2T||EA8/SM0BRF||14022.5||CW CQ||8 dB||17 wpm||2112z 28 Nov|
|K3MM||EA8/SM0BRF||14022.7||CW CQ||13 dB||17 wpm||2112z 28 Nov|
|WZ7I||EA8/SM0BRF||14022.6||CW CQ||15 dB||17 wpm||2111z 28 Nov|
|K3LR||EA8/SM0BRF||14022.7||CW CQ||26 dB||17 wpm||2110z 28 Nov|
|KM3T||EA8/SM0BRF||14022.5||CW CQ||24 dB||17 wpm||2110z 28 Nov|
|K2NNY||EA8/SM0BRF||14022.5||CW CQ||17 dB||17 wpm||2110z 28 Nov|
|W4KKN||EA8/SM0BRF||14022.6||CW CQ||17 dB||17 wpm||2110z 28 Nov|
|K8AZ||EA8/SM0BRF||14022.7||CW CQ||13 dB||17 wpm||2110z 28 Nov|
|DF4UE||EA8/SM0BRF||14022.6||CW CQ||11 dB||17 wpm||2109z 28 Nov|
|DK0TE||EA8/SM0BRF||14022.6||CW CQ||6 dB||17 wpm||2109z 28 Nov|
|PY1NB||EA8/SM0BRF||14058.1||CW CQ||11 dB||17 wpm||2057z 28 Nov|
|WZ7I||EA8/SM0BRF||14058.1||CW CQ||16 dB||17 wpm||2057z 28 Nov|
|K3LR||EA8/SM0BRF||14058.2||CW CQ||19 dB||17 wpm||2057z 28 Nov|
|K8AZ||EA8/SM0BRF||14058.3||CW CQ||14 dB||17 wpm||2057z 28 Nov|
|K1TTT||EA8/SM0BRF||14058.2||CW CQ||14 dB||17 wpm||2057z 28 Nov|
|KM3T||EA8/SM0BRF||14058.0||CW CQ||21 dB||17 wpm||2056z 28 Nov|
|NZ1U||EA8/SM0BRF||14058.2||CW CQ||15 dB||17 wpm||2056z 28 Nov|