I left my home-QTH in very cold weather and in a snow storm
the last days in November 2010. Because of a airline strike and
because of delays I was more than one day late, when I finally
arrived at Bermuda after midnight, and was met by Ed.
When I woke up my first morning in Bermuda I could notice that
the weather was fine, the apartment was perfect with a nice view.
I really was very pleased that Ed had the equipment set up in the
apartment, and I did go on the air at once. One CQ created a huge
pile up from Europe on 14260 kHz. As I like pile ups, I was more
than satisfied! The A4S antenna was very good and the FT-920 also
a very good transceiver.
My radio activity from Bermuda was like this: Working mainly
stations from Europe in the mornings on 15 or 20 meters and then I
worked 40 meters with the dipole antenna in the evenings, mainly
to Europe and to North America, and also got very good reports. I
was also glad to be able to give quite many HAM:s in Europe with
simple antennas a new DXCC country.
In the afternoons I experienced the beautiful island of
Bermuda. Ed was a perfect and kind host and took me to places like
Hamilton, St George's and also to St David's Lighthouse, as I like
to take pictures of lighthouses. I was also impressed by the very
good bus system usually going every 15 minutes to almost every
part of the island. So I went by myself to Gibb's Hill Lighthouse
and visited the beautiful beach at Horseshoe Bay. My QSL-card will
have pictures from Horseshoe Bay. I also took the ferry to The
So after a not so good start with my flights, it turned out to
be a perfect holiday for me. A mixture of radio activity (almost
pile ups all the time) and sightseeing. I made around 1.500 QSO:s
in a few days. Many thanks to Ed VP9GE for your kindness and great
hospitality. You are a perfect host, and I realize why so many
HAM:s return to your apartments. I also hope to be able to return
73 de Hans / SM3TLG