JW0PK - Svalbard, Prins Karls Forland
Malaysia, Pulau Gual
PA0GAM/4S7 - Sri Lanka
SV9/PG5M - Greece, Crete
T30GM - Kiribati, Tarawa
V6G - FSM, Yap
T2G - Tuvalu, Funafuti
PA0GAM/ST2 - Sudan
PJ2/PG5M - Curacao, Willemstad
CE0Y/PG5M - Rapa Nui
9M2/PG5M - Spratly - Pulau Layang-Layang
Crete is an excellent location for spending your holiday in combination with some radio activity. In September 2004, just at the end of the tourist season of the island, I booked an apartment and decided at the last moment to bring also my radio equipment with me with the idea to do a little on amateur radio, if possible. It actually turned out to be very enjoyable and a interesting operation.
Just the decision to take the radio with me was enough preparation as under the CEPT license I could operate from Greece without a further application. I packed the FT-897, MFJ tuner, laptop, coax and G5RV (40-10m) as usual in a small trolley. In fact I expected to find sufficient supporting objects for the G5RV but nevertheless decided to bring also a 10 meter long fiber telescopic fishing rod of DK9SQ. This could be used in the event no support structure would be available. At the last moment, I also grabbed 12 meter insulated wire, a few clips and plugs for possible experiments.
And off we went on the plane to Crete. When we arrived at the apartment complex, I realized we had a nice location but for a radio operation it was not the most favorable one but would possibly do. If I would place the fiber rod on the balcony, I could hang the G5RV from the top, over the apartment to some big date trees in front of our apartment. For courtesy, I went to the reception and asked the lady for permission to install my wire antenna. "It is just a small wire from my apartment to the trees". She was OK but had to ask her boss, but was sure it would be no problem. However, some hours later, the lady of the reception informed me that "the boss" would not allow installing anything outside the apartment.
Although this was in the first place supposed to be a week for holiday and not a radio operation, I was a bit disappointed not being able to play a little bit with the radio. I got all my equipment easily on the plane, license was ready and now the owner of the apartment complex would be the problem.
So, the next evening I decided to put up the 10 meter long fiber rod (DK9SQ) during darkness. Little chance anyone would see it. I fixed a very thin wire at the top of the rod, attached the base of the fiber rod to the balcony and started to push up element by element. The end of the wire was lead through the door directly to the tuner on the operating desk around the corner.
I started to tune for 30 meters and succeeded to get a reasonable match. There were no radials or any other counter poise! To avoid possible problems with RFI, I reduced the power to only 50 watts. After calling CQ, I got directly reply and continued to work 100 stations during 1.5 hours. It was amazing to work all these stations, even including some stations from Japan and the US. Around midnight, I switched off the radio and dismantled the vertical antenna, as during daylight, the owner should not spot my activities.