With a non-activated ONFF-321 laying in my backyard the choice was easily made what ONFF to activate ! This saturday morning 11 october 2014 I drove well-packed to the bushes …
Everything was prepared and checked double, except the weather : rain ! During erecting my fishingrod-dipole the rod broke … Lucky as we are this was the end of all trouble … antenna plugged in, SWR checked and here we go, the first time the call OT4V is on the air and the first ever activation of ONFF-321, the “Bruggeneindse Goren“. The very first QSO was 2E1GXS … 104 QSO’s in 13 DXCC followed in about 2 hours time.
For me this was the first time in more than 15 years that I ran a pile up … and the very first time to setup a station in the bushes. What have I learned ?
1. My battery is heavy duty and OK … after two hours still full power ! The antenna works well on 40 meter. For 20 meter I have to make another one.
2. Mosquito-spray is even at this time of the year a must … can’t count the bites …
3. Pile-up behaviour is still as bad as 15 years ago … stations keep calling and calling … and noth only from south Europe ! When I ask for a “DP” station I’m pretty sure I heard it and I will keep trying untill I worked him. Calling over and over will only dramaticly slow up the pile-up .
While you are reading this the eQSL is already on the way. I repeat please NO PAPER QSL, I have not printed any card for OT4V unless I find a good sponsorship !
It was a very fantastic experience and in the future I will activate more ONFF, I will also return to ONFF-321 shortly !
73 Danny ON4VT/OT4V