In order to do this I acquired a small inverter generator (Honda EU-20i). AS antennas I use either a aluminium mast as 40m vertical, a 12.5m glass fiber pole with wire verticals or end fed antennas (40-15m), as well as a 20m dipole which is hoisted to the top of one of the poles or the alu mast. The transceiver is a ICOM IC-7100 with LDG iT-100 tuner. A mini laptop for control via microKeyer II and logging (N1MM) completes the station.
So far I have activated:
PAFF-0108 Rijntakken – 2 & 10 Sep 2017
PAFF-0063 Rijk van Nijmegen – 17 Sep 2017
PAFF-0095 Deurnsche Peel & Mariapeel – 23 Sep 2017
PAFF-0004 De Hamert – 1 Oct 2017
PAFF-0048 Ooypolder & Millingerwaard – 14 Oct 2017
PAFF-0007 National Park De Maasduinen – 19 Nov 2017
This blog is about the last activation.
Unfortunately the weather did not quite cooperate and it started to hail. After some 15 mins it cleared again and I could start sending my first CQ around 3pm local. Response was fair. 30m is a nice band as it is somewhat quieter as 40m. On top of that at a remote spot the noise level is a LOT lower than at home, so I will hear almost every weak signal. Despite my 100W some station had difficulty in copying me (probably in a less noise free environment compared to me …).
As it gets dark already early in this period of the year and in view of my location in the middle of the forest, I started to tear the station after 1 hour in order to get that done in full daylight. In that 1 hour of activity I logged 59 stations, which I believe is a reasonable result.