Often it is VERY noisy inside a tent. Sometimes, specially at night, the wind is very strong, the waves roar and the the canvas of the tent is fluttering like a machine gun. Then it is impossible to copy weak signals and probably somebody in the cluster spots, there are DEAF OPERATORS :-)
Even the noise of birds can interfere with weak CW-signals !

So think, before you are spotting "informations" like this. Those operators, comfortable at home, often have no idea, what an operator on a DXpedition is just going thru.
An other important factor is the LOCAL QRM. On a small island like Aves it is sometimes very difficult to have a clear frequency, due to activities in other modes on the same band or spurious transmissions from other bands. Those things happen, even with bandpass-filters, as we ALWAYS use.

On this expedition we had a lot of problems caused by a military transmitter, which transmitted periodically a digital data broadcast, which paralyzed the reception of ALL our station for 3 to 5 minutes.


The CW-tent at the narrowest point of the island.


OHXX (Olli) operating.


Sunset ....


YV5ANT operating; observe the "hole" in the roof, caused by the heavy winds.


A view thru the "hole": Olli is going to get some cold water for the tent-crew.


This photo you can download HERE as wallpaper. (1024x768 pix)


HERE a large version of the above photo



The CW verticals in a row.


HI !

The above vertical antennas produced a good signal as we have been told. We used only 100 watts on CW except on 80 and 160m.