Friday at noon, I had two visitors knocking on the door. It were Steve 9M6DXX and John 9M6XRO. Steve had e-mailed me some days before my arrival and said he would meet me at the resort. I had worked John that same morning and came along with Steve. I met Steve already some 24 years ago and this was just the second time. In 1983 we both made our first DXpedition which was to Market Reef, OJ0. At that time Steve operated as G4JVG/OH0/OJ0 and I operated as PA0GAM/OH0/OJ0, probably the longest call sign in the world (as Steve wrote in an article afterwards).

We had a dinner at the resort and spend a couple of hours talking about our past activities and what was next. After dinner Steve and John helped me to adjust the 30 meter antenna in order to get it resonant around 10105 Kc. Further they explained some other issues with the antenna situation as they are somewhat familiar with the station. John in addition offered to bring his linear amplifier, which he did the same afternoon.

The Friday did not result in too many contacts but Saturday was much better. Overall conditions were not so good and left me during the day time with many hours to sleep. On Saturday the heavy rain was pouring down and started to have its effect on the antenna installation. The SWR was fluctuating and caused me to shut down the linear amplifier as the SWR was simply too high.

Although power lines were running along the shack and just a few meters way from the antennas, I had no noise or QRM problem at all.
The resort offered internet access via WiFi, even in the shack, but after a few hours, I lost the connection. This was pity as I would have been able to monitor the packet cluster for feedback.

My departure was set for Sunday at 10 AM to catch the plane to Kuala Lumpur. At 9 AM Godfrey 9M6GY came along to collect all the equipment. He is responsible for maintaining the station and making it ready for visitors, which means placing a table, all equipment and checking the antennas. In addition he also repairs all equipment when needed. Unfortunately we could not spend too much time together but as he was so kind to bring me to the airport, we could discuss somewhat longer about our hobby.

This operation resulted in 1381 QSO's and I operated on all bands from 80-15 meters.

The equipment consisted of FT-920, IC-2KL, Force 12 C4 antenna (40, 20, 15 and 10m) and wire antennas for the other bands. Logging was done with N1MM on a laptop with the microHAM interface.

For more information on the shack for rent see www.api-japan.com and the resort see www.infosabah.com.my/syabas/

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