Rafal SQ9CNN took part with our Contest Call OG7Z in IARU HF Championship (CW) with 100 W from the ELK Shack. He BROKE the current record for OH in IARU Contest SOU CW. ( 811 QSO, claimed score 735,840). After the Contest was over they started exploring our lake by boat.
maybe you thought that Finland is a cold country? It has been over 30 C in the shade every day for a week here, and the water in our lake has reached + 26.5 C (!) at a depth of 1m. The sun shines almost round the clock. But still: the hottest place is our OH73ELK Shack ;-)
First guests from beautiful Slovenia - a young family - son Nejc is a ham and parents came just for rest. You wouldn't guess from his voice in SSB-Nejc is 12 years old and got his A class in 2021. We are delighted with his operator skills. Big respect to Ljubljana's radio clubs where Nejc made first steps in Amateur Radio!
Our friend Ric DL2VFR brought us a new very well made Kelemen 160/80 antenna. Today, despite the winter weather, Ric and his son Ole (13) raised the antenna 18m high on a pine instead of our old 160m mono band dipole. VY TNX Ric&Ole! Next goal is to install an additional vertical for WARC bands!
This photo does not show very well, but recently the sky above Elk's house was lit up with Aurora. And on the air there was a nice auroral propagation with a its hissing CW tone and hoarse SSB voices. 10 m band Aurora QSO with local Finnish stations and US west coast were surprising!