I can't remember the
time exactly, but we all left Portinatx by hire car at approximately 10:15am
and drove 47km to the lovely small resort of Cala Tarida. When we'd
visited Cala Tarida 6 days previous,
we'd parked in the
centre of the resort and had to walk down what seemed hundred's of steps to the beach.
Antenna position was much easier than on Rencli :-) , I simply taped the vertical to a piece of wood which was perfectly placed right above our chosen operating site.
The weather had changed for the worse on this day, but luckily it didn't rain, it was very overcast but the temperature was still 27'c.
We received strange looks from a few people when we started to unpack the equipment and started erecting the antenna.
Our operating site was soon set up
Even though the pileup was big, it soon
dried up and once I'd got to about 50 in log it went very quiet, I had to
keep Cqing on .555 which was not good for the life of the car battery. I'd
been active for quite a while and I didn't think we'd have much chance of working
the minimum of 100 stations
to make the activation valid for awards etc.
A while later I received a message
that Emma on the beach had had enough and was ready for leaving,
but I only had about 80 logged, I told Sean to say I wouldn't be long and
slowly but surely got close to the magic 100. Roger 19AT477 had sent a
message on cluster mentioning that we only needed a few more in the log, suddenly I
heard a young operator call which was logged instantly, I know it was a
friends young son calling in to help me reach the 100, thanks for your
help pal, I'll keep your identity confidential :-).
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