Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Croatia and a couple of islands

Today I made a QSO with 9A9R on 20m with my "kornjaca" (aka PRC-320). Then I decided to try the FT857D, which is installed inside the car, because it was a bit too cold outside for portable operation.
I made a couple of interesting QSOs. One was with MM5DWW in SSB (operator David) from Orkney and the other one with OY1CT (operator Caen) from the Faroe Islands.
Orkney also known as the Orkney Islands, is an archipelago in northern Scotland, situated 16 kilometres (10 mi) north of the coast of Caithness.
The name "Orkney" dates back to the 1st century BC or earlier, and the islands have been inhabited for at least 8,500 years. Originally occupied by Mesolithic and Neolithic tribes and then by the Picts, Orkney was invaded and then annexed by Norway in 875 and settled by the Norse. It was subsequently annexed to the Scottish Crown in 1472, following the failed payment of a dowry for James III's bride, Margaret of Denmark.[9] Orkney contains some of the oldest and best-preserved Neolithic sites in Europe, and the "Heart of Neolithic Orkney" is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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