In April, 2004 my work took me to the
island of Oahu. My hotel was a short walk to the beach at Waikiki, and
at the far end was a long pier extending out into the Pacific. I
operated from there a couple of evenings. My first contact was a
VK2 in Australia followed by a JA1 in Japan. Two days later I climbed
Diamond Head but only made three contacts. The next day I was on Lei
Point and made it all the way to David, W4BAB, in Georgia about 5,000
miles away. Finally, I found myself standing at the water's edge on
Kailua Beach and heard Bud, W3FF in California. He was 5x8 and gave me
a 56 report. Next came Haru, JA1CG and finally Bob, W5SUN in Texas. Bob
was signing with another station so I called him. He said I was coming
through loud and clear at 5 watts so I tapped it down to half power.
Still Q-5 copy so I went to 1 watt. He still heard me! I tried low
power at 500mW, but no luck there.
|I think this was Lei
Point. It was a very windy day, 25+ knots and the backpack had no hip
belt to keep the antenna from wanting to blow right over my shoulder.