NEWS UPDATE – The team is in good shape and installed all antennas last Friday: 2 light weight Spiderbeams, one 30 m vertical , one 40 m vertical, a simple 80 m dipole at a palm tree and a 4 element for 6 m. We also tested a vertical dipole against spider beam and found the Spiderbeam simply better.
The Amal Villa south of Colombo is a very ham radio friendly QTH and has an excellent service. It is the perfect place for a relaxed holiday style operation. Temperatures are about 32 °C at high noon and in the night about 26°C. The Indian Ocean is 300 m away.
The owner of Villa Amal speaks German and English. He allows a station tent in the well-kept tropical garden. Around the swimming pool is place for several antennas. Band conditions are looking rather strange for us. Stations from Europe and Japan are often strong. But sometimes all bands are closed or show only weak signals. The QRN and noise level is high. Lowbands do not open well before midnight. Our 6-m-station is standby now. Please inform us if hearing the 4S7B beacon 50.009 MHz. Log corrections will be done after the expedition. Website.
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