|A nice space left by the
Britons for one of our generators :-)
|A very practical
Steel-Tape-Multiband-Dipole in a palm-tree.
|This is the direction towards
Europe and Asia. The mountain is snatching us a lot of dB's
|Part of our
160m antenna is built into the water..
The wires of the
antenna traversed the bay from east to west.
||This is the antenna direction USA
(west) and Japan.
|YV5EED the 1st time on the air on
the evening of April 20, using assisted log-keeping as he
still cannot see.
|This is our QTH with the view into
north.(Antenna direction east coast USA and Canada)
|This is the view of our location
from above. Only one person climbed up there to take this
|This is the narrow gap to the
south (photo taken from the same place as the two previous
|Africa, Asia, Australia,
North-America and Europe
unfortunately are located behind the mountains.
The only open narrow gap (into
the south, 8°) from YW5PI offered good propagations the
eastern part of South-America.
|Our Location (on the left) and the
lighthouse of Pato Island (on the top)
|A refreshing swim in our not so
beautiful beach :-)
|This picture shows the northern
part of the island, which is not accessible by boat.
|The northern coast of Pato Island
seen from Trinidad (Chacachacare Island) ©
|Taking a trip around the Island and
watching carefully, a lot of testimonials of the British
military installations of WWII can still be seen. They are
covered mostly by jungle, but observing carefully, you see
even submarine-installations in the rocks. Some of them are
closed by concrete.
the eastern tip of Pato Island.
|Before we started our expedition we
had the illusion to find a location on the eastern tip of
the island. Based on satellite images, we imagined to find
there a small beach, which would have been a basis for good
signals to the U.S., Europe and Japan. Unfortunately, the
reality was a very different.
So we had no choice but
to seek out the "radio hole" on the south-coast.
Afterwards we can say that our expedition was still more
successful than we initially feared.
The number of
QSO 's was beyond our expectations.
Japanese stations we have in our log
|The bay of YW5PI was only 30m
wide. This is the ONLY access possible by boat to the
The eastern tip is at the right.
|Preparing for our departure in the
morning of April 23, 2012
|The 1st boat is arriving to
pick us up ...