I don't get many "QRP" DX Cards in the electronic mail box. This one was a welcome sight in the E-QSL Mail Box this morning. It's for a contact I made with OK1DMP/ EA8 when he was set up on a hotel balcony in the Canary Islands. It's near the coast of Africa. We exchanged several e-mails at the time; but I never got a card for the contact. Back in March of 2011, I was using my Isotron 18" indoor antenna. I was also using 5 watts of power. Here's a clipping from the previous e-mail:
I have used FT-817 (2.5W out), “stealth” antenna was 10m LW from hotel balcony at the 3-rd floor to tree about 8m up and with GP counterpoise (4x5m wire) on the balcony.At the time, this was an unusual contact for me. I knew the Call sign was normally from the Czech Republic. I was confused about the / EA8 and Milan explained it this way:
The answer is simple. EA8/My wife and I are playing "Bridge" this evening with some good friends; so no DX attempts will be made tonight. (at least till after the bewitching hour)
means the was portable on Canary Island. My home call OK1DMP is definitely Czech Republic but EA8/OK1DMP was my call I have used during my holiday in Canary Islands EA8. The QTH was Fuerteventura Island, Costa Calma (small town at the south-east coast), hotel Fuerteventura Playa (you can see it on Internet, Google Earth and other mapping applications). So, the QSO you achieved is with EA8 DXCC country, NOT with the Czech Republic. Our QSO was difficult because of QSB but congrats to your indoor antenna. I have experimented with magnetic loops but the strong wind blowing at Canary Islands moved with the antenna and destroyed the critical antenna frequency adjustment, so I have refused it…..
Two other cards arrived with this batch from the E-QSL site. One was from Bert F6HKA in France. I placed it on the previous post. The other was from the K3Y/2 station I worked in New York yesterday.
I love those "lighthouse" cards. I have plans to send some out this summer from West Virginia. I wrote about it a few entries ago. You can be assured it's the ONLY lighthouse in the mountains. hihi