Okay, I sort of feel proud now. One of my first contests last year and I seem to have won 1st place in the CQ World Wide WPX Rookie/Low Power SSB All-Band class. Wow!
Last night we made a nice video of my QTH with a DJI Phantom 2 drone equipped with a GoPro Hero 3 HD camera. Half way into the movie we climbed to just over 200 meters altitude providing a spectacular view of our town. Switch to HD, mute your speakers and enjoy!
Quite a nice afternoon and evening on 20 meters today. Had some fun with friends, had several very nice contacts in Europe, North and South America an a QSO with Walaa E41WT added a new country to my list.
Saturday May 9 and sunday May 10 is the annual Mills on the Air event, and my club will be participating again from the historic and wonderful wheat mill “De Hoop” in my home QTH Hellevoetsluis in the Netherlands. Our call sign will be PH15MILL and yours truly will be behind the mic of the HF station. We will work on 10-80 meters depending on conditions and time of day, and you can check our current frequency on our QRZ.com page thru the magic of HRDLOG live data. There’s also a VHF operator working on 145.475Mhz. Get in our log and receive the special QSL card and make sure to get the award by working 10 or more mills!
UPDATE: It was great fun. We worked 281 stations, including 24 mills, in 24 countries!
So I will be QRT for a few weeks. Next saturday I am going to remove my hex-beam for maintenance & reinforcement work. We had many stormy days over the past month, some of them 60mph+ and although the hex survived, it needs to be re-dressed a bit. The weekend after that I am going to raise my brand new powered 50 foot telescopic aluminium tower with the kind help of the guys from my club.
UPDATE: Mission accomplished see updated picture. Thanks to my friends from the club for helping me raising the mast!