2003 IOTA Contest Multi-single Island DX'pedition station (low-power) effort
After the successful DX'pedition and Contest entry made from the Sisargas Arch. (EU077) in 2002 the REP - Oliveira Azemeis and URE - Jarama Teams decided to join efforts again and put up a DX'pedition for 2003 with the aim of not only winning the contest in its category but also giving EU080 to the deserving.
Ons is a rather large piece of rock (4.9 Km Large) in the northwest coast of Galicia with a resident lighthouse keeper and a population of not more than 16, probably the people that run the local business there.
The Island is located exactly in the heart of the Peninsula's Celtic land but has suffered the influence of many, like the Vikings, finally ending as a Spanish Kingdom Military outpost and possession. In 1936 Civil War breakes up in Spain bringing thousands of refugees to the most remote areas of the Kingdom, one of them was Ons, located away from the frontline was the shelter for many, in 1955 the population raised to 500.
Nowadays the Island is not isolated from the mainland anymore, a Ferry-boat connection (runned by 2 companies) acomplishes a daily continous link with the Galician seaport of Bueau (also with Portonovo and Sanxenxo) taking care of passagers but also the goods for the islanders.
Whatever Ferry company you take (the Catamaran one is faster) be prepared for seasickness, be sure your seasick pills are nearby, in northern Spain the sea can be real calm one day and real nasty the next one, we actually had the bad luck of catching the worst of weathers ever in a Dx'pedition with very dense Fog and heavy rains until the very last day.
In the Photo you can see the Team in the ride in to the Island.
Left row: José CT1EEB, Javier EA1CA, Rosendo EA4ABE, Pepe EA1DKV.
Right row: Filipe CT1ILT, Lopes CT1CJJ, Filipe CT2GLO, Brilhante CT1APE, Gerardo EA4ST.
Once in Ons theres quite a hard and long steep climb up to the lighthouse area where we had been granted authorization to put the antennas and assemble the station, nothing is flat. The island 16 habitants live in a small village by the harbour where there houses for rent to summer visitors and a couple of Restaurants. Please allow me to advice you a visit to "Casa A Cuña" a very nice Restaurant whose speciality is Octopuss, just have a look at the photo.
Following the IOTA 2003 Contest rules for Low-power/Dx'pedition stations, our antennas setup was made of a tri-band rotable dipole (10,15, 20m.) and inverted V dipoles for the 80 and 40m. band.
Looking at the scores and in the air comments it is now my belief that propagation was far from good, at least in the Peninsula, the overall sum of QSOs for all low-power entries looks a bit worst than the 2002 contest, nevertheless I firmly believe that our 4th place this year was due to the incredible performance of the rotable dipole and ofcourse to the Team members.
In the photo Gerardo EA4ST stands in the front of the rotable dipole in the islands top.
1626 QSO's were made from EU-080 in CW and SSB (119 in 80m., 367 in 40m., 779 in 20m., 346 in 15m. and 8 in 10m.), the low number of QSO's in 10m. reflects how bad propagation was. As usual the higher frequencies weren't forgotten and 7 QSO's were made in 144 Mhz SSB, being the farthest one to EA7 in southern Spain.
ED1ONS claimed 2,585,520 points for the 2004 IOTA Contest Entry
Father and son (CT2GLO & CT1APE) Team together for a 2 hour SSB run in the left photo, in the right Javier EA1CA handles the CW pile-ups (due to the bad propagation CW was the best mode for low-power).
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