A few weeks ago I went out for a small holiday in the Bucovina region, Northern Romania. It was the first opportunity to do portable operation this year, so I took with me some of my equipment, hoping for some nice weather to use my toys.
Well, the results were modest. First days was raining all the time, so I was a little discouraged to go out for a portable HF set up. Finally, one day before departure, when me and my YL went for a trip to a famous old monastery, Voronet, 20km away from our place, Vama, Suceava, the weather started to improve, just some drops of rain, so I took my equipment with me.
The setup was:
– FT-817ND, 5W, with factory supply 1400mAh battery. I had also a 2700mAh back-up, but never used;
– LDG Z817 Autotuner;
– Home made Inverted V – Dipole Antenna, 2 x 5m (1.5 sq mm electrical wires).
First location was just near the monastery, under an abandoned well.
From here I made a few QSOs in 20m band with some stations from Europe: Italy , Norway, HB9, two IOTA stations from Denmark etc. Controls were from 52 to 58. After an hour or so it started to get cold so I packed everything and went back to our place.
Few hours later, when we came back, I went out again up to the wooded hill in the back of our hotel.
Here I decided to try only the 17m band. And the results were two Kuwait stations.
73’s and QRP is still fun!!!