Marlin II -- the bigger boat
Rough seas on the way to PY0S
PY2XB is surveying for level ground
The best operating site so far
PY2XB and AA7JV at the Scientific Research Station
The rock Cabral. Planned site for remote RX antennas
The PT0S team in the port of Natal before embarking on the fishing vessel Transmar II.
Main Antenna at High Tide. Is the ground OK?
Fred, PY2XB and Peter, PP5XX, (and crew member) on Transmar II during the homeward journey
Transmar II. The Brazilian fishing vessel that took the operation on the 2000 km (1060) Nautical Miles) journey to St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks. She does not look comfortable or roomy, and she isn't. But she is a well founded wooden, single engine fishing Wessel. She is wet and rolls like a drunken pig, but otherwise, she is more sea-worthy that a first look would reveal.
Tomi, HA7RY and Fred, PY2XB on the outward journey on Transmar II. (We brought our own chairs, as there is no place to sit on the boat.)
Archipelago St Peter and St. Paul. The whole thing
The first antenna up. This was our main antenna: it supported 160 to 10 meters. It withstood some serious pounding by waves and the antenna coupler required some servicing, but it kept working throughout the entire operation. about half way through the operation the top horizontal wire broke at its 2/3 point. fortunately, the brisk winds kept the wire floating at fairly good angle and our 160 meter signal was not effected. The first (GM3POI on 160) and the last QSO (MM0GPZ on 20) were made on this antenna.
Two stations running. Fred, PY2XB (background) and Tomi, HA7RY, have big pile-ups to handle.
Antennas on PT0S -- looking north from the south edge of Belmont: (from the left) 6 m Yagi, HF marine antenna (not ours), 80-10 m Vertical (in foreground). Note the triangular high band wire section to the right of the mast. South facing RX antenna (next to the light tower). 160-10 m Inverted L on the right. Horizontal wire is held by rope to the light tower (not visible). 10 m vertical (not visible) is just beyond left edge of the picture. Also not visible is the north facing RX Flag, w
Fred, PY2xb, operating at night. Note the 1/4" of water on the floor.
Peter, PP5XX and Tomi, HA7RY are loading gear onto Transmar II before departure.
The bamboo poles will be holding our RX antennas. Cheaper than fiberglass, and locally available!
The Team (from left): Peter, PP5XX, George, AA7JV, Fred, PY2XB and Tomi, HA7RY (sitting -- and a bit green!.
Watch Out! AA7JV at the controls of the boat.
Everything got covered...
Horizontal RX loop on top of science tower. It did not work as expected although it was almost 30 meters above the water. Converted it to vertical next day.
HA7RY operating while AA7JV is catching up on sleep.
The team at the Scientific Station: (from left) Peter, PP5XX, Fred, PY2XB, Tomi, HA7RY, and George, AA7JV
The PT0S team (from left): Tomi, HA7RY, George, AA7JV, Fred, PY2XB, and Peter, PP5XX
Station 1 Equipment (For details, see the Equipment page)
The antenna coupler at the base of the 80-10 vertical. (For details, see the Equipment page)
AA7JV is hunting for dinner
Dinner from the sea