Mad morning at EA2/BI-055

Today I would activate EA2/BI-055 Ganguren, near Bilbao, trying to make S2S QSO with Hans who was as VK/PB2T/P at VK4/SE-112 Beerburrum. Yesterday night I set the FT-857, for having a bit more power than with the FT-817, the linked dipole and the 8.2Ah LiFePo4, ready to give its juice.

Early in the morning after a very short hiking, just to fill the “enter walking on the AZ” rule, I started to mount the antenna. Last week I changed the 2 BNC connectors of the 15 mtrs. RG-174 coax. Not so well. One of them fell without any resistance into the grass! a good start!. So in absence of any tools (It was going to be a short and easy activacion…) I used the power of… well, hands and teeth to make a provisional connection to the antenna.

The schedule time was arriving quick, but at 05:25 I had all ready to transmit. Being so early in the morning, the grass was full of water, even the temperature was of more than 26C (strange thing here at the BC) Fortunately,
I’ve carried a big plastic bag, given by Marcial EA2BDS, which made a good working “platform”.

And then, it all started. Before Hans appeared, Gerard VK2IO and Andrew VK2UH made the first 14 mhz VK QSOs. It was promising… Just 2 minutes later, Hans and I achieved the 2nd VK-EA S2S QSO. Not splendid signals, but enough.

The first early morning EU chasers started calling. Between some of the usuals, more VK OMs were coming: VK3AFW, VK2DAG, and later on 14.280 SSB, again VK3AFW, VK2IO and VK2UH, VK3WE, VK5PAS… ufff… unbelievable.

And just for ending, Kenneth K6HPX/P at W7A/AW-057 with signals of 59+9 for my 2nd USA S2S QSO and Kurt HB9AFI/P at HB/VD-023, what a panorama!

Just 1 hour and a half to make about 40 QSOs with S2S QSOs on 3 continents. As some advertisement says “I’m lovin’ it!”

73 and thank you all for such a good day de Mikel EA2CW

PS: Sorry, Andy :wink:

In reply to EA2CW:

PS: Sorry, Andy :wink:


I too have had problems with subminiature coax. I have an emergency BNC patch lead using 5m RG-188. I fitted the connector and the inner conductor has broken twice at one connector. I don’t see this with RG-58 and BNC solder connectors or RG-174 into RG-58 BNC connectors packed with PVA “hotglue”. Just with FEP/PTFE cables.

I hope your teeth have survived, though based on the S2S DX worked, the cost in teeth is worth it! :slight_smile:


In reply to EA2CW:

Can you arrange for my BNCs to fall off Mikel? I might work some decent DX then… :wink:

73 and well done on such a great activation,

Gerald G4OIG

In reply to G4OIG:
Ja ja ja!
Better to make it the usual way… my face turned pale while watching the BNC rolling… I though: “oh, oh… good bye Hans…”


In reply to EA2CW:

Friday the 13th, full moon…unawed, both ways, hi.

73, Heinz HB9BCB

In reply to thread:

Nice DX! With the SFI at 200 and the sunspot count at 196, it sounds like it is a good time for activators to go out and “fill their boots”!


Brian G8ADD

In reply to EA2CW:
well done Mikel, and welcome to the “get on the Summit early to contact VK via long path club”!

Now if we could only achieve the same into ZS …

73 Ed DD5LP / VK2JI.