Thursday, February 11, 2010

Good propagation and the PRC-320

Yesterday I was looking at my website and saw that the little box on the left column indicated there was good propagation on the 20m band, so I decided to take the PRC-320 to Monte de San Pedro, a hill just outside the city, by the sea. The afternoon couldn't be more productive. I made QSOs with Greece, Bosnia, Scotland, USA and Dominica.
In Greece, I made a QSO with J47XCF, special event station for the Xanthi Carnival Festival operated by Tilemachos. Xanthi is a modern city, rich in history, traditions and customs, and with many attractions for the visitors (including the surrounding areas). It is worth visiting the city during the Carnival (Καρναβάλι) (either February or March as dates change) and during the Old Town Festival (beginning of September). Also, one should not miss the Xanthi Bazaar (Παζάρι) every Saturday. Xanthi is known as "The city of the thousand colours".
In the US, I made a QSO with WX3B (Tim) from Maryland. In Scotland, 2M0YCG (Callum) from near Glasgow. In Bosnia, E73E (Igor) from Pale. Finally, in Dominica, I made a QSO with J79XBI (Seth), although we lost contact in the end due to QSO and some splatter QRM from powerful nearby stations.
Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its seemingly unspoiled natural beauty. It is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity, as evidenced by the world's second-largest boiling lake. The island features lush mountainous rainforests, home of many rare plant, animal and bird species. There are xeric areas in some of the western coastal regions, but heavy rainfall can be expected inland. The Sisserou Parrot (also known as the Imperial Amazon), the island's national bird, is featured on the national flag. Dominica's economy is heavily dependent on both tourism and agriculture. Christopher Columbus named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it, a Sunday (dominica in Latin), November 3, 1493.

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