Story from 14DX/AT022 activity.
The trip to Ré island was a great opportunity finally to meet up with an old acquaintance: The Atlantic. Haven’t been there since I was young, now looking forward to meet up again, to transmit from an island there and to see “the Atlantic Tide”, which is moving up and down many meters every 6 hours. I live close to the sea but here we only have some few cm in change between low tide and high tide.
The trip to Ré was fine and without problems. We arrived at one of the spots found via Google Earth the day before and did setup the antenna. There was a lot of traffic at the site, bicycles and locals, tractors to and from the sea... At the same time a storm came with thunder, strong winds and rain – so when 3 locals came over to me and told me that I could not have my car parked at this site, The mood quickly dropped 250 degrees.
Anyway, packing all down again and moving on to another site, we found what we were looking for: Only few people, a tree to put the antenna up against, a good place to park the car and suddenly better weather again. Perfect.
Active for four hours from 13.30 to 17.30, weather constantly changing from sun to rain, propagation also changing from fine to NIL...
71 stations logged from 11 DXCC’s (1, 13, 14, 20, 26, 29, 47, 68, 76, 108 and 163.
After finishing and packing the antenna back into the car a long trip back to the campsite took place – happy after my first activation of a French island.