The day started by packing the car and catching the ferry departing 10:00 local time. We arrived early to our benefit: Soon there were dozens of cars waiting in line to cross the seven kilometers of ocean. From the ferry we headed to the south part of Hailuoto island to place called Pöllä just next to the small airfield (ICAO: EFHL).
Our chosen operating location was inside Natura2000 nature protection area. We left the car to a designated parking area and went to scout the nearby area by foot. Then thanks to good preparations by Julian, OH8STN we had his tent, solar panels and batteries going in no time. He also set up his modified vertical Chameleon MPAS antenna with four radials and then helped me set up my homebrew 80m end-fed halfwave antenna. With his telescopic pole I could get my antenna wire into inverted-V configuration.
We had our stations running at around 10:00 UTC and I logged my first contact with Bas, PE4BAS in the Netherlands using JS8Call on the 40m band. However, the JS8Call was really empty on all bands. I switched to FT8 on the 30m band and logged the majority of my contacts for the day. One more try on JS8Call on 20m band and had a nice contact with Simon, PD7RAN from the Netherlands. JS8Call was still empty on bands. Julian then asked me to try the 17m band. My tuner did a great job tuning the end fed antenna and I managed to log three more FT8 contacts for the day. The 17m band provided my longest contact of the day, Nick SV1BHF in Greece, just shy of 3000 kilometers.
We decided to end the operation at 14:00 UTC to have enough time to pack our gear and catch the ferry back home two hours later.
The operation was a great success. We could celebrate many things: We managed to find an amazing location, we had both stations on air and also had many successful contacts. I was really happy that the only thing I broke was a powerpole connector on my tuner’s power cable (Julian had a spare cable, thanks!). Days before the expedition I also learned the valuable lesson of testing my gear out of the shack. It is really stressful to realize what’s still missing just six hours before early morning wake up before the departure.
- Date: 2021–05–08
- Time on air: 10:00–14:00 UTC (local time 13:00–17:00, UTC+0300)
- Callsigns on air: OH8HUB/P (op. Ossi), OH8STN/P (op. Julian)
- Maidenhead grid: KP24IX53OE
- WWFF area: OHFF-0970, Kirkkosalmi
- IOTA: EU-184, Hailuoto