ALAN R PIKE
Just returned from a ten day trip to Iceland. The trip was incredible. We landed at Keflavik (main airport serving Reykavik) and headed northwest to the Westfjords part of the country. Spectacular stuff. We visited many small fishing towns. One highlight was operating QRP (2 watts) from Hornvik. This spot is accessible only by boat. I stayed in a 100 year old farm house with no electricity or running water. Hornvik is in the middle of an Arctic Fox sanctuary. Here I am landing at Hornvik.
Here is the farmhouse. I ran an end fed from the flagpole down to another building so the wire was pretty low. But, it worked.
As you can see, lots of fog. The temperature was around 42F.
Here is the setup with the Mountain Topper (2 watts) running off a 9 volt battery. I worked all over Europe. Did not hear many US stations and they were all quite weak, so the chances they would hear me was pretty slim.
The Iceland economy is largely fishing based, but tourism is actually the top industry now. In the 50s, the herring vanished and it was devastating to the economy. Now, most of the fish exports are cod, haddock and salmon. Here I am fishing for cod, and catching one. You would drop your line into the water and pull up a fish. I caught several and we took them to a local restaurant and the chef prepared our catch for us. I had fish almost every night, when not eating lamb.
The scenery there is breathtaking. This is an island (Drangey Island) where a Viking outlaw lived for many years around 900 A.D. He was a pretty bad dude. The Vikings were a violent bunch who seemed to spend a lot of time fighting each other over land. Grettis was the outlaw Viking's name and he lived on top of this island. His infallable defense system was a ladder which he hung down to the sea from the top of the island. If he did not want anyone to come after him, he merely hoisted up the ladder.
You can't visit Iceland without seeing snow, even in June. We flew up to a glacier and walked thru a tunnel that was underneath the glacier. An ice cave of sorts.
No trip to Iceland is complete without a whale watching adventure. We went out of Dalvik and caught a spectacular show of hump back whales feeding on krill in the fijord.
The water in Iceland was amazing. At times, it looked like you were in the Caribbean. Needless to say, I will be going back. My hope is to go back next summer with a QRO rig for month in a farmhouse in the Troll Peninsula which is in the northern part of Iceland. Maybe a few stateside stations will hear me then??? Now...back at the old family place in NH so still W4MQC/1, but mid July it's off to England for M/W4MQC.
For you members of the "Antenna of the Month Club," here is a little number that I have up here at the family place. It is called a G3TKN Dipole. It is a bit of a variation on an original design, but seems to work out pretty well...40 thru 10. Little bit of a stretch on 80 but it does load on that band...just a wee bit short to expect big results. Give it a shot.
For contacts in NH or CO, QSL to P.O. Box 133, Goshen, NH 03752...FL QSO's can get a card to me here at the Bokeelia address above.
Please note: Bokeelia is on Pine Island which is IOTA NA-069.
Pine Island is in Lee Country in Florida.
Goshen is in Sullivan County in NH.
The Cayo Costa (a.k.a. Lacosta) Island QTH and the East Part Island QTH are also IOTA NA-069.
Member of A-1 Operator Club.
A few numbers for those interested: 10-10: 8274, QRP ARCI: 3788, FISTS: 6198, NE QRP: 41, FPQRP: 1042, NA-QRP: 481, SKCC: 1234, CW Ops: 182, FOC: 1734.
Rev: W4MQC - Saturday, May 17, 2010