go to OHØ?
It all started during the spring of 1991 when Jonas, SM5HJZ, started
to think about going to Åland, OHØ for a trip taking
the radio with him. The emerge of CEPT licensing in Europe started
to make it very easy to go to another CEPT country with your
ham radio equipment. Jonas, enthusiastic as always started to
trig some of his ham fellows. All who know Jonas a bit knows
that when he start a project he will always do it to the end
and doing it right! The OHØ adventure had started.
The first trip was in early June 1991. The gang consisted of SM5AJV,
SMØGNS, SM5HJZ and SMØIHR. We brought a modest amount
of gear; IC-735, L4B and some wire antennas for HF. For VHF we brought
a IC-275 and a 15 el yagi. Since the cottage we are renting is on
the northern part of Åland we always take the ferry line from
Grisslehamn to Ekkerö. This trip only takes two hours from SM
to OHØ. Imagine being only two hours from a rare DXCC-country!
We didn't really know if OHØ would be a wanted "new
one". But we sure found out that it was! Very soon the pile
up was pumping in the shack! We all agreed that this was real FUN!
When we arrived back to Stockholm again we started to plan for
the next trip. The second trip took place in September 1991. This
time the weather wasn't very pleasant. It was real cold and everybody
was freezing and longing for that hot summer weather we had earlier
that year. Not even the lasagna got warm enough to eat. And the
condx were like a black hole. We all agreed that autumn was not
very good for going to OHØ.
Bringing tons of gear
After 1991 we have been using a lot more equipment. Almost one
rig per operator. SM5HJZ brought a portable telescopic mast together
with a 3 el mono-bander for 20. A 5/8 lambda vertical for 7 MHz
with a remote controlled tuner was also erected at the beach
of the Baltic sea. With much better antennas we were making real
huge pile ups!
1998 SM5AJV had more things than ever with him. In
total approximately 1000 kg was brought to OHØ this year.
Some of us became tired of doing the logging off-line
in dBASE. So we started to use a contest logging program for
keying the transmitter. This was new for the most of us, but
we found it very useful! Today we won't go on the air without using
on-line computer logging. The log program we would use is TRLOG.
The social HAM
Even though we go to OHØ for working radio, the social aspect
has grown each year. The last years we have spent much more time
discussing and dining. Maybe this has something to do with the low
sunspot numbers? Or maybe one gets more social when one gets older?
Anyway we think we are combining two of the most interesting aspects
of HAM radio; DXpeditioning and socializing with your HAM friends.
Smörgårdsbord on the Åland-ferry. From left SMØEEH,
SMØIHR, SMØIEA, SMØHPL and SM5HJZ all enjoying
finnish beer and danish snaps. Everyone eager to get to Aland and
work some radio.
73 es CU de SM5AJV/Ingo
We have some special pages of the 1998 activity, follow
1998 we expand the activity to include 50 MHz. The station was
a FT-920 and
Worked squares on 50 MHz
OHØ in the middle
On this map you will find us in the middle...
You can make your own Great Circle Maps, follow
this link to web site of SM3GSJ.
Periods of activity
We will most certainly be back. Information will be available on
this web site.