The virtues of CW contesting (who needs fieldday?).
I am writing this in one of the shacks of EA8URL in Las Palmas. We (DK3QZ, DLiEMH, DK3QQ, DL3KAH, DL5XX and myself) are planning to operate the CQWW-CW from this QTH. At this moment 3 of the 4 stations are ready (including the computers) and all antennas work except that the 20 meter quad has a broken reflector, the 10 meters 4-el monobander is tuned to 27.4 MHz and we still need to build a dipole for 160m.
But we still have 3 days to go and the weather is nothing like at home. Day temperature is a solid 24 degrees, which goes down to 22 degrees during the night. It is really nice to make a morning stroll down the beach before breakfast, and eat out on the beach in your t-shirt while your xyl is putting another log onto the fire at home.
Had a nice run on 17m yesterday afternoon for one and a half hours, the first eQSL has already arrived. I am curious what the long band antennas do. Maybe we need to put up some receive anatennas. Until now it looks like the qrm at this down town hilltop qth is reasonable.
We are now assembling a second 10 meter yagi. We don't know the distance between the elements, so better go look in the library (the URL is well equipped with books). Today the highworker which has been promised to come 'manana' for the last 3 days will come to enable the repairs.