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PG4I travelling through Europe
« on: April 08, 2018, 10:19:51 UTC »
Hi guys,

Yesterday I have started a long journey through Europe with our Volkswagen camper. I will be taking a Heathkit HW8 and a spiderbeam mast. We will be travelling south without any particular plan. Will keep you informed of my whereabouts.

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Joop

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Re: PG4I travelling through Europe
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2018, 17:33:38 UTC »
Hi Joop ! I will looking for ur sigs. Best 73 & GL de YO3FVR

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Re: PG4I travelling through Europe
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2018, 22:41:27 UTC »
Hi Joop ! I will looking for ur sigs. Best 73 & GL de YO3FVR
Happy travelling Joop! I hope propagation improves for you as it isn't good now, though magical things do happen!
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Re: PG4I travelling through Europe
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2018, 08:21:07 UTC »
Propagation on 40 seems to be improving. First stop will be Verona, Italy. Hopefully there will be some room on the campsite for a 40m antenna...

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Re: PG4I travelling through Europe
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2018, 14:24:49 UTC »
Hi guys, I am now in Siena, I5/PG4I/P. Already made 2 QSO's on 40 with my endfed antenna. The campsite in Verona did not have enough room for antenna's. Look for me around 7030 kHz.
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Re: PG4I travelling through Europe
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2018, 19:05:58 UTC »
I made a total of 9 QSO's this afternoon. Ukraine on 20 and OK, SP, DL, F and LY on 40. First time I have used the endfed, nice antenna! When the sun was going down I was observing the Reverse Beacon Network when calling CQ and was heard as far as Wales and Sweden on 40 meters.

So, I hope to activate I0/PG4I/P next...

Here is a picture of me in my little outdoor shack!
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Re: PG4I travelling through Europe
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2018, 22:15:16 UTC »
Good going Joop! BTW I think I've I've got the same shirt :-)
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Re: PG4I travelling through Europe
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2018, 11:36:33 UTC »
 ;D It's a Tenson shirt Dave...

I might be staying in SV8 in a couple of weeks, one of your hangouts. Either on Corfu or Lefkada.
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Re: PG4I travelling through Europe
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2018, 08:22:10 UTC »
I am now at Lago di Trasimeno near the town of Passignano, callsign I0/PG4I/P. I have spent some time on 40 yesterday, propagation picks up at around 17.00 GMT due to atmospheric absorption, which is about 2 hours later compared to Northern Italy. Did not expect that and it might get worse the more south we get..

Stations from Germany are the strongest here and it is mostly north/south contacts I hear. I would have expected more stations from across the Adriatic sea but I hear more stations from Spain. We will move to the west coast in a couple of days, let's see what that gives...

Propagation on 20 is still very bad  :-\
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Re: PG4I travelling through Europe
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2018, 18:43:09 UTC »
I must confess, travelling and operating a radio station does not go very well together. I can hardly find the time to unpack all the radio equipment and put up an antenna unless we stay at one place for a couple of days...

We have arrived in Sicily on may 1st. On the North coast, near Milazzo I have done some listening on 20 meters. Signals from the middle East are much stronger then at home I noticed.

We are now at the South coast, near Menfi. The Reverse Beacon Network picks up my signal okay, but at fairly low levels. Hope to make some contacts here.
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Re: PG4I travelling through Europe
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2018, 07:00:58 UTC »
A quick update, 2 great evenings on 20 meters! It has been years ago since I heard so many stations from South-America! The band opens around 19z. There really is an advantage to living in Sicily...  ;D Stations from Brazil can get very loud. But I also heard CE, YV and LU. Signals from North-America are weaker.

I made three 2-way QRP contacts, with G4EDG, IT9QAU and UY1IF. No DX QSO's... All with a 20 meter groundplane and 2 radials.

I might have a go at 40 today and put up a groundplane for that band. The end-fed takes up to much space  :)




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Re: PG4I travelling through Europe
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2018, 20:52:57 UTC »
Here is the last update from Sicily. No groundplane for 40 meters, it's an inverted vee! Very loud signals from all over Europe but also 4X.

The 12 meter spiderbeam mast is sagging quite a bit!

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Re: PG4I travelling through Europe
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2018, 20:55:44 UTC »
You are doing very well Joop! It is quite amazing what one can work from QTHs that are further south than our own ones. FB on working South America - I've heard very little from there for a while now and certainly no QRP.
Happy travels!!
Dave